Purpose of EIB Testing

The purpose of the EIB is to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated their 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 consisting of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), day and night land navigation, weapons mastery skills, Individual Tactical Test (ITT) lanes, and a foot march. These evaluations place eligible Candidates under varying degrees of stress that test their physical and mental abilities as they execute critical Infantry tasks to established standards. The scope for each of these events follows:


EIB 2013; Expert Infantryman BadgeThe 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 21-20. Candidates must meet height and weight requirements as outlined in AR 600-9. The APFT is not re-testable or waiverable.

Land Navigation

EIB; Expert Infantryman Badge; Map ReadingLand Navigation tests the ability of Candidates to navigate from one point to another using a map and compass 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.

Individual Tactical Test Lanes

EIB; Expert Infantryman Badge; EIB 2013Individual Tactical Test Lanes (ITT) evaluate a Candidate's ability to demonstrate their tactical and technical proficiency of individual Infantry tasks to standard. Lanes are scenario driven, incorporating stressors and conditions that force Candidates to constantly adapt to changing situations as they attempt to achieve a successful overall outcome of a simulated Infantry mission. This phase of testing differs from a controlled round-robin evaluation, as Candidates tactically complete a series of individual tasks to acceptable standards while the environmental conditions are changed. ITT lanes are not re-testable, click here for the pre-approved tasks for the ITT lanes.

Foot March

12 Mile Foot March; EIB 2013; Expert Infantryman BadgeThe Foot March is the last event in the EIB process consisting of a 12-mile route that Candidates must complete in three hours or less carring 35 pounds (dry weight). The foot march will be conducted in accordance with FM 21-18 and is not re-testable.