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U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) Site

Expert Infantryman Badge

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STEP 1: Start Planning!


  • Begin Unit training 120-180 days prior; the official EIB train-up period is not sufficient to pass!
  • Contact the EIB Program Manger no less than 120 days prior to your proposed test date.
  • Allocate time on your training calendar.
  • Submit land, ammunition, resources, manpower, and logistical requests.
  • Read USAIS PAM 350-6 to determine what items you do not have on hand; develop a resourcing strategy.
  • Ensure all potential Candidates are afforded the ability to qualify on an ARF range. They must qualify Expert no more than 180 days prior to the start of testing
  • EIB Equipment and Supplies (PDF)

All EIB Board Members, NCOICs, and Graders should be familiar with Chapters 1-8.

This book is much shorter than the old manual and does not have to be printed in color. We highly recommend that you print the entire manual rather than cutting and pasting to create a Candidate/Grader book. This will prevent mistakes and discrepancies between the various versions and the original.

STEP 2: Documents Required to Submit an EIB Test Request


  • Contact EIB Program Manager prior to submitting a test request. Test Request Memorandum must be submitted at least 90 days prior to validation for CONUS units and 120 days prior to validation for OCONUS units.
  • EIB Test Manager Validation will be conducted a week before training and will be over a 5 day period. Test Manager Validation takes a minimum of three days to conduct. This needs to be reflected on your requesting memo. This time line may be adjusted with written approval. The LOA will include travel and validation days.
  • Request Testing Memo with Digital Signature (Word)
  • Request Testing Memo with Digital Signature (PDF)

    Do not alter the wording of this document with the exception of completing the highlighted information specific to your unit.


    Once the Testing Memo has been approved by OCOI; units will receive a memo from the EIB Program Manager. The memo will have dates for the approved testing; identify the conditional approval requirements that must be met to receive certificates and orders once testing is completed.

Waivers


  • Commanders may request exceptions to the USAIS PAM 350-6 though the EIB Test Manager, which will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Requests for waivers must be sent to the EIB Test Manager no later than 90 days prior to validation
  • Blank Waiver Template If you are submitting a waiver for ALT C, the following requirements apply:
    • Waiver(s) must be individualized, or contain an attached roster.
    • Each waiver must include a detailed description of why a waiver is required for that soldier; poor planning is not a valid reason.
    • Each soldier's waiver must also include their most recent ARF range qualification card (within one year) showing them qualified expert, AND their most recent ALT C qualification card (within six months) showed them qualified expert.

  • ALT C is meant to extend an individual's qualification when they legitimately do not have access to an ARF range; it is not meant to replace the standard qualification procedure.


STEP 3: Documents Required for Validation


  • Detailed Concept of Operation and Schedule required no less than 60 days prior to your proposed Validation date.
  • Contact the EIB Test Manager no less than 14 days prior to validation to coordinate TDY.
  • Example Validation Schedule and Validation Overview (PDF)
  • While the order of events on this schedule is flexible, all tasks must be completed in order to be validated.

  • Blank Commander's Sworn Statement (PDF)
    • Sworn Statement requires four individuals
      • Commander
      • 2x Witnesses
      • Officer (of any rank)
  • Candidate Packets will be an up to date ERB/ORB/SRB
    • Use the record briefs to build/validate your roster/spreadsheet.
    • Record brief date must be within one month of the first day of validation.
    • Expert qualification on DA Form 7801 within the specified time frame must be reflected.
    • Candidate's MOS will be checked to ensure eligibility.
    • Candidate must not be possess a Suspension of Favorable Personnel Action (FLAG) or bar to continued service (BAR).

      These items must be up to date, or verifying paperwork will be stapled to the Record Brief. Record briefs that are not up to date will be the exception rather than the rule and must be briefed to the EIB Program Manager in advance.

  • Grader/Board Member Packets will be an up to date ERB/ORB/SRB and EIB Orders or Certificate
    • Use the record briefs to build/validate your roster/spreadsheet.
    • Record brief date must be within one month of the first day of validation.
    • Grader must be Infantry or Special Forces (Excluding 18D Medics).
    • Must have been awarded the EIB
    • Candidate must not be possess a Suspension of Favorable Personnel Action (FLAG) or bar to continued service (BAR).
    • Must be appointed by orders to serve as an NCOIC/OIC, Grader or Board Member

  • The testing Unit may require additional packet items, but OCOI will validate the BN CDR's Sworn Statements (one per BN), the ERB/ORB/SRB (one per Candidate), and the Unit Tracker Spreadsheet (must be complete at the end of Validation) and The Grader/Board Appointment memorandum.


STEP 4: Documents for Testing


  • 2022 EIB Unit Tracker with Auto-Populate

  • We will go over this spreadsheet and roster during your validation; ensure the roster is complete prior to our arrival. Its use is mandatory and after you have been validated, no more Candidates can be added to the roster. At the end of each testing day, you must submit this document to the EIB Test Manager and you must include the final version along with the Final Orders Roster spreadsheet and President of the Board Sworn Statement upon completion.

    It is highly recommended to use this during your practice week as well.

  • Individual Score Sheet

    The Candidates will carry this with them during Lane Testing as a summary of their progress. It will not be used for grading or tracking purposes. It must be collected at the end of each day.

  • Station Tracker

    This document replaces the old Individual Scorecards at each station. It can be modified as necessary. This is a controlled item and must only be filled out by the graders at that specific station. They will all be collected at the end of each day and reconciled with the Unit Tracker.


STEP 5: Documents Required to Receive Your Orders


  • President of the Board's Sworn Statement
    • Sworn Statement requires four individuals
      • Commander
      • 2x Witnesses
      • Officer (of any rank)
  • This is embedded in the fifth tab of the Standard Unit Tracker, but can also be printed and filled out by hand.

  • Standard Unit Tracker with Auto-Populate (STEP 4) completely filled out.
    • Roster tab
    • Grader tab

  • STEP 6: Required within 15 Days of Test Completion


    • AAR Template

      Ensure to address the areas outlined in the template. Provide your unit and contact information.


    YOUR unit is responsible for updating the OMPF of ALL candidates who earn the EIB