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German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The decoration is awarded to all German soldiers. Allied soldiers may also be awarded the badge. Any rank may be awarded and wear the badge. In the United States military, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is one of the few approved foreign awards, and is one of the most sought after awards to achieve. But authorization and manner of wear is based on that nation's uniform regulations.

To earn the award, one must complete the following requirements:

  • Evaluation Report - Soldier evaluation report from Commanding Officer recognizing the soldier's physical and moral standards. The purpose of the evaluation is to show evidence that the soldier is both physically and morally fit.
  • First Aid Course - Combat Life Saver (CLS) level 1 course or equivalent.


German Sports test (all required):

  1. 100, 400 or 1000 meter timed sprint (time limit determined by age category). 
  2. 3000 or 5000-meter timed run or 1000-meter timed swim (time and distance determined by age category). 
  3. Measured High jump or Long jump (measured height or distance determined by age category). 
  4. 200-meter timed swim in which any stroke is authorized (time and distance determined by age category, see table). 
  5. Measured Shot-put or Stone put (distance requirement determined by age category), Bench Press, or 100m timed swim. The shot-put weights 16 pounds for males and 8.9 pounds for females.


25-meter Marksmanship

  1. 5 shots at 3 targets untimed 
  2. 3/5 bronze ranking 
  3. 4/5 silver ranking 
  4. 5/5 gold ranking

Road March

  1. 20K/25K/30K with at least 10 kg pack

The march must be accomplished in military uniform (ACUs, ABUs or BDUs) and boots with a rucksack weighing no less than 10 kg.

CDT Schmitz in GAFPB

CDT Arianna Schmitz swimming during the March 2015 GAFPB.  She earned a bronze badge.

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