Criteria: Awarded in three grades (in ascending order): Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert, the Army Weapons Qualification Badge is issued to soldiers upon completion of a weapons qualification course. Suspended from the badge are qualification bars that indicate the specific weapon(s) in which the soldier has qualified. Only three marksmanship badges are authorized for wear at one time and each may only have up to three qualification bars.
Army marksmanship qualification badges are not permanent awards. Each soldier must re-qualify every 12 months with the same weapon and at the same level in order to continue to wear a specific marksmanship badge and qualification bar. If a soldier does not re-qualify within 12 months, the badge and/or qualification bar is no longer authorized for wear.