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Expert Infantryman Badge

Purpose of EIB Testing

The purpose of the EIB is to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated a mastery of critical tasks that build the core foundation of individual proficiency that allow them to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver and repel an enemy assault through fire and close combat.

A test process has been derived that measures the mastery of individual skills through different evaluations taking place over a five-day period. This evaluation consists of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), Day and Night Land Navigation, Individual Testing Stations, and the 12- Mile Forced March and the Clearance of Objective Bull. These evaluations place eligible Candidates under varying degrees of stress that test their physical and mental abilities as they execute critical Infantry tasks to an established set of standards. The scope for each of these events follows:

APFT. The APFT tests the physical endurance and conditioning of the Candidates, and is the first graded event they will undertake. The APFT is conducted to standard in accordance with FM 7-22. Candidates must meet height and weight requirements as outlined in AR 600-9. The APFT is not re-testable nor can it be waived. Refer to Chapter 4 for more details on this event.
Land Navigation. Land Navigation tests the ability of Candidates to navigate from one point to another using a map and compass on a self-correcting course while equipped with their individual combat gear. This is the second graded event they will undertake, demonstrating their proficiency under both day and night conditions. Land Navigation testing will be conducted in accordance with FM 3-25.26 and is not re-testable. Unit level waivers are considered on a case by case basis. Refer to Chapter 5 for more details on this event.
EIB Individual Testing Stations. Individual Testing Stations are conducted to a defined standard in a formal, round-robin fashion. Individual Testing Stations are re-testable and Candidates must pass each Individual Testing Station in order to continue. Refer to Chapter 6 for more details on this event.
12-Mile Forced March. The 12-Mile Forced March is the last event in the EIB test. Candidates must complete the 12-Mile route in three hours or less and then complete the tasks associated with the Clearance of Objective Bull in 20 minutes or less to receive a GO for the 12-Mile Forced March event. Both events will be conducted according to the standards established in this publication, with additional standards for the 12-Mile Forced March outlined in FM 21-18. The 12-Mile Forced March and the Clearance of Objective Bull are not re-testable. Refer to Chapter 8 for more details on this event.