Looking around the 3rd Armored Division, a soldier will see
many Spearheaders wearing distinctive skill patches on their
right fatigue shirt pockets. These patches are special skill
awards for soldiers doing excellent jobs or having unique skills.
Individuals or units may recommend the creation of a distinguished
patch to the division commander. After approval by USAREUR, the
patches are procured and issued to soldiers or units recommended
for the specific skill patch.
In addition to the patches shown on this page, there are patches
for other skills already on the drawing board, according to division
officials. Some patches, such as the Distinguished Surveyor Patch,
have been approved and are awaiting production.
Added to the approved list are the TOW Cobra Qualification
Patch and the Aerial Scout Qualification Patch.
For the Distinguished Platoons there is another patch on the
drawing board. When approved it will provide wider recognition
for the selected platoons.