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, and 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 consist of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), Day and Night Land Navigation, Weapons Master Skills Testing (MST) stations, Individual Tactical Test (ITT) lanes, Foot March, and the Weapons Proficiency Test. 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 test 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

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. Refer to Chapter 5 for more details on this event.

Master Skills Testing Stations

EIB; Expert Infantryman Badge; EIB 2013Master Skills Testing stations evaluates individual proficiency and confidence with weapons systems common to an Infantry Company, as well as their associated functions. MST is conducted to a defined standard in a formal, round-robin fashion. MST is re-testable and Candidates must pass each MST station in order to continue to the Individual Tactical Test (ITT) lanes. Refer to Chapter 6 for more details on this event.

Individual Tactical Test Lanes

EIB; Expert Infantryman Badge; EIB 2013ITT Lanes 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. Refer to Chapter 7 for more details on this event.

Foot March

12 Mile Foot March; EIB 2013; Expert Infantryman BadgeThe foot march and completion of the weapons proficiency skills test are the last events in the EIB test. Candidates must complete the 12-mile route in three hours or less, and then successfully complete the tasks associated with the weapons proficiency skills to receive a Go for the foot march. Both events will be conducted according to standards established in this publication, with additional standards for the foot march outlined in FM 21-18. The foot march and the weapons proficiency test are not re-testable. Refer to Chapter 8 for more details on this event