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Flight Surgeon

Information about the Flight Surgeon Badge

I. DESCRIPTION: An oxidized silver badge 23/32 inch in height and 2 1/2 inches in width, consisting of a shield, its field scored with horizontal lines and bearing the Staff of Aesculapius on and over a pair of displayed wings. A star is added above the shield to indicate the degree of Senior Flight Surgeon and the star is surrounded with a laurel wreath to indicate the degree of Master Flight Surgeon.

II. SYMBOLISM: The wings suggest flight and reflect the skills associated with aerial flight. The Staff of Aesculapius is traditionally and historically associated with healing and medical skills.

III. AWARD ELIGIBIITY: Awarded to any medically qualified Army Medical Corps Officer who satisfactorily completes training and other requirements prescribed in AR 600-105.

IV. DATE APPROVED: The Flight Surgeon Badge (originally approved as the Aviation Medical Officer Badge) was approved on 28 December 1956. The Senior Flight Surgeon (formerly the Flight Surgeon) and Master Flight Surgeon (formerly the Senior Flight Surgeon) Badges were approved on 12 August 1963. The changes in designations were by message from the Commander, U.S. Army Military Personnel Center, 22 November 1973.

V. SUBDUED BADGES: Subdued badges are authorized in metal and cloth. The metal badge is black. The cloth badge is of olive green base cloth with design elements embroidered in black.

VI. MINIATURE BADGES: Dress miniature badges are authorized in the following sizes: Flight Surgeon – 21/64 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width; Senior Flight Surgeon – 13/32 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width; Master Fight Surgeon – 15/32 inch in height and 1 1/4 inches in width. Miniature badges are 19/32 inch in height and 2 inches in width; 11/16 inch in height and 2 inches in width; and 23/32 inch in height and 2 inches in width, respectively.

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