West Point Recondo badge

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by proudpop2, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. proudpop2

    proudpop2 Member

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    I have heard about some cadets achieving the Recondo badge during CFT and there was discussion about what percentage of cadets achieve that? I understand it entails reaching certain scores on marksmanship, land nav, obstacle courses, CFT, etc so it sounds like one has to be very well rounded to attain it. So just curious if anyone has more info and details about this award?
     
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    Son is a 2021 and he said approximately 35% were awarded the Recondo badge. He was happy to be among the 35%. It is a USMA badge. The big Army has their own Recondo badge so he can wear it for the next 3 years but not when he commissions.
     
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  3. MidwestDad

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    Years past has been 25% or so, sounds like 1/4 - 1/3 usually earn it. DS earned his last month, nice attaboy like IOCT but as stated not an official decoration once comissioned.
     
  4. SMP

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    If I'm not mistaken, the standards are the same for both men and women so it is much harder for women to achieve because of the run, ruck and APFT requirements. Last year, I believe that only a handful of females earned the badge. Thus, if 35% of the entire class earned the badge, then the percentage of men earning the badge was likely quite higher - perhaps somewhere in the 40-50% range.
     
  5. USMA 1994

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    @SMP You are correct that the standards are the same for both men and women. Women who earned the tab are real stud muffins in terms of PT this year. The five mile run is pretty tough as it is not a flat course.
     
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