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Expert Field Medical Badge


Thank you for visiting the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) web page. We hope this helps you as an individual and units to better plan and prepare for the EFMB. Please take the time to view each section and understand where to locate items you may find useful. If you have feedback on your experience with this page or would like to see any other resources provided please feel free to contact us.


AMEDDC&S HRCoE has rebranded to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE). We are diligently working on updates to the AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 and tasks based on feedback from the field. This update will include necessary fixes to tasks and include changing the designation to the MEDCoE PAM 350-10. These changes also add a final event to the 12-Mile Forced March event; candidates will have five minutes to disassemble, assemble and functions check their assigned M4/M16.

Soldiers and leaders should be wary about utilizing EFMB study material obtained from sources other than this website. The EFMB TCO is consistently observing sites and candidates using material that is not applicable for EFMB testing. Much of the material available on other websites is outdated or irrelevant for EFMB testing purposes. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU USE TO PREPARE!

At this time we recommend utilizing the references on the "Written Test" tab to study for the EFMB written test.

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Purpose of EFMB Testing

The Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) was designed as a special skill award for recognition of exceptional competence and outstanding performance by field medical personnel and approved by the Department of the Army on 18 June 1965.

The Expert Field Medical Badge may be awarded to all officers assigned or detailed to an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Corps; Army officers in training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Army officers enrolled in the Health Professions Scholarship Program; warrant officers who have an AMEDD primary military occupational specialty (MOS) controlled by the Surgeon General; warrant officer pilots that have a special qualification identifier "D" (Aeromedical Evacuation Pilot) and are assigned to an air ambulance unit; and enlisted personnel who have an MOS in the 68- Career Management Field (CMF) as well as an AMEDD primary MOS, MOS18D, or 38BW4.


Candidate Eligibility Requirements

In order to be a candidate at EFMB Service Members must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteer for EFMB Testing
  • Be recommended by their unit commander.
  • Be physically and mentally prepared to cope with the rigorous demands of the EFMB test and trained in the prevention of heat related injuries
  • Complete a 12-Mile Forced March in no more than 3 hours within 3 months of the final day of EFMB testing.
  • Qualify as Expert on their individual weapon dated within one year of the final day of EFMB testing.
  • Possess a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. The certification must be valid through the final day of EFMB testing.
  • Must not be flagged IAW AR 600-8-2.

Note: AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10, para. 2-5 states the minimum of what needs to be submitted to the host unit in the candidate packets. Please contact the host unit OIC/NCOIC to ensure you are submitting all required documents. Examples of the required documents are located under the “Resources” tab and contact information for the host units can be found under the “Host Units” tab.

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History of Expert Field Medical Badge


Prior to the establishment of the Expert Field Medical Badge, some AMEDD units of V Corps in Europe developed and conducted tests to ensure their soldiers were trained to the highest level of proficiency required of their wartime mission. These tests lasted for 2 1/2 days and consisted of written and practical exercises (identification of types of wounds, bandaging, application of splints, treatment of war casualties, removal of injured personnel from tanks, loading and unloading of patients from helicopters, map reading, aerial photo reading and maintenance of equipment). If they passed the test, they were issued a "Expert Medical Soldier Certificate". These tests were apparently the forerunner of the EFMB test.

Establishment of an Expert Field Medical Badge as a Department of the Army special skill award for recognition of exceptional competence and outstanding performance by field medical personnel was recommended in a letter, dated 20 January 1964, from MG Duncan, Chief of Staff, US Continental Army Command to Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, (DCSPER), in accordance with correspondence between General Waters and General Heaton, The Surgeon General.  (An earlier request, in 1963 for the same badge, was not favorably considered by DCSPER with the Army Chief of Staff for Force Development (ACSFOR) concurring with that decision.)  On 14 May 1964, tentative approval of the recommendation was received from the DCSPER subject to submission of criteria to be developed by Headquarters US Continental Army Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development, DA.  Design of the badge, with criteria for the award, was forwarded by Summary Sheet to DCSPER, 2 February 1965.  The Summary Sheet was returned without action on 27 February 1965, having been deferred pending further study of questions posed by the Vice Chief of Staff, US Army.  By Disposition Form (DF) dated 6 July 1965 from DCSPER to Commander, The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH), US Army, TIOH was advised that a Summary Sheet establishing an Expert Field Medical Badge was approved on 18 June 1965.  TIOH was charged with preparing the necessary Army Regulation and commencing action on procurement of the new badge.  A reproduction sample of the Expert Field Medical Badge was approved on 8 December 1965.  The badge was oxidized silver consisting of a stretcher placed horizontally behind a caduceus with a cross of the Geneva Convention at the junction of the wings, 15/16 inch high and 1 7/17 inches long.  There have been no changes in the badge since its inception.  Authority for the award of the badge was prescribed in AR 672-10, dated 1 March 1966.  Current Regulations: AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10, dated 1 March 2019.

Today, the EFMB test is the utmost challenge to the professional competence and physical endurance of the soldier medic. It is the most sought after peacetime award in the AMEDD, and while the Combat Medical Badge is the "portrait of courage" in wartime, the Expert Field Medical Badge is undoubtedly the "portrait of excellence" in the army all of the time.

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68W Sustainment

It is mandatory for host units to add the 68W sustainment program to their EFMB. The 68W sustainment course will be conducted concurrently with validation over the course of three consecutive days. This program, in combination with the Expert Field Medical Badge standardization and testing, provides units an additional avenue of ensuring continuing education and skills validation of their 68W Combat Medics. For more information regarding this program please refer to Chapter 9 in the AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10. This chapter will detail how a host unit will supplement the EFMB standardization and testing with an additional 16 - 20 hours of didactic training and 8 hours of hands-on testing to fulfill the annual requirements set forth by the US Army EMS Programs Management Division.



Units will provide 68W candidates that are not current with Tables I-VIII and skills validation to attend the training with approval from their Company Commander.


Candidates participating in the 68W sustainment program must not be a current EFMB awardee.


NOTE: Candidates must be present for the entirety of both the 68W sustainment training and EFMB standardization to receive their training certificate for TC 8-800 tables I-VII. To receive table VIII skills validation credit candidates must pass 68W sustainment program hands-on testing and 12 out of 15 TCCC tasks during EFMB testing.

TC 8-800 (CAC Required)

Required Training Material (Zip File, CAC Required)

DA From 7442 (CAC Required)

Example Sign-In/Out Roster

68W Sustainment Fillable Training Schedule (CAC Required)

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Army Physical Fitness Test

The APFT is the first graded event of the EFMB testing phase. Candidates are required to perform push-ups, sit-ups, and a two-mile run to an 80% standard, IAW FM 7-22. This is a GO or NO- GO event which must be passed in order for a candidate to continue competing for the EFMB. This event is not re-testable and is a non-rebuttable task. Performance will be annotated on a DA Form 705. Height and weight screening will be conducted immediately following the APFT event. Height and weight will be annotated on the DA Form 705 along with DA Form 5500/5501, if applicable.

Note: Permanent medical profiles preventing the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) 2-mile run are authorized to compete for the EFMB so long as their profile does not prohibit any other testing requirements. Candidates must be able to perform any tested APFT events that do not have a designated alternate, (i.e., push-ups and sit-ups). The only alternate event authorized for candidates pursuing the EFMB will be the 2.5 mile walk to replace the 2 mile run.

DA Form 705 - APFT Scorecard

DA Form 5500 - Body Fat Content Worksheet (male)

DA Form 5501 - Body Fat Content Worksheet (female)

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Written Test

The EFMB Written Test (WT) tests the institutional knowledge of the candidates and is the second graded event the candidate will undertake. The EFMB WT has 80 multiple choice questions and must be completed in 1 hour 30 minutes or less. This examination is the only event that will be retested. The retest will be conducted as the last tested event prior to the forced march for those who require it.

In order to receive a "GO" and continue in the EFMB event candidates will have to pass either the Written test or Written Re-test by answering 60 out of 80 questions correctly.

The following are the only references utilized in developing the questions on the EFMB WT and should be the primary material utilized by candidates in preparing for the WT:

Note: We utilize the most current version of the publications in the test questions.

STP 8-68W13-SM-TG: Soldier`s Manual and Trainer`s Guide, MOS 68W, Health Care Specialist

ATP 4-25.12: Unit Field Sanitation Team

ATP 4-02.46: Army Health System Support to Detainee Operations (CAC Required)

STP 21-1-SMCT: Soldier`s Manual of Common Tasks, Skill Level 1

ATP 4-02.3 Army Health System Support to Maneuver Forces

Written Test Study Guide

EFMB Written Test Rebuttal Sheet

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Land Navigation

Land navigation is the third graded event of the EFMB test. Day and night iterations will be executed on the second test day and must be completed in one day. During this event, candidates will demonstrate their individual proficiency in navigating from one point to another while dismounted without the aid of electronic navigation devices. Candidates must correctly annotate and punch at least three out of four points in under three hours in order to receive a GO for both day and night land navigation. This event is not re-testable.

How To Find Your Way

Land Navigation (Day)

Land Navigation (Night)

Land Navigation Point/Lane Distance Workbook (CAC Required)

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Combat Testing Lanes

There are three Combat Testing Lanes (CTL) with a varying number of skills tested per lane. These lanes test the practical ability and attention to detail of the candidates while testing a total of 43 tasks broken down into four different categories: 15 Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) tasks, 10 Evacuation tasks, 13 Warrior Skills tasks, and five Communication tasks. The CTLs are not re-testable.

In order to receive a "GO" and continue in the EFMB event, candidates will have to pass 12 out of 15 TCCC tasks, 8 out of 10 Evacuation tasks, 10 out of 13 Warrior Skills tasks, and 4 out of 5 Communication tasks.

TCCC Tasks

Warrior Skills Tasks

Evacuation Tasks

Communication Tasks


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12-Mile Forced March

Candidates must have received a "GO" for the Written Test/Re-test, Land Navigation, and CTLs in order to attempt this as a graded task. This is the last tested event during EFMB testing. This event is not re-testable and is a non-rebuttable task.

In order to receive a "GO" and be awarded the EFMB candidates must complete a 12 mile (19.3 kilometer) forced march, within 3 hours, completely crossing the finish line carrying their individual field equipment IAW AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 Table 4-1

12-Mile Forced March Inspection Sheet

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Upcoming FY 20 EFMB Tests


U.S. Army Medical Activity, West Point, NY

  • Standardization Dates: 12 - 17 AUG 20
  • Testing Dates: 18 - 24 AUG 20


USAREUR, Baumholder, Germany

  • Standardization Dates: 08 - 16 SEP 20
  • Testing Dates: 17 - 23 SEP 20

4th ID

4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO

  • Standardization Dates: 13 - 19 SEP 20
  • Testing Dates: 20 - 26 SEP 20

65th Medical Brigade, Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea

  • Standardization Dates: 13 - 18 SEP 20
  • Testing Dates: 19 - 25 SEP 20

Upcoming FY 21 EFMB Tests


1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, TX

  • Standardization Dates: 13 - 23 OCT 20
  • Testing Dates: 24 - 30 OCT 20

101st ABN Division

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY

  • Standardization Dates: 25 - 30 OCT 20
  • Testing Dates: 31 OCT - 06 NOV 20

44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC

  • Standardization Dates: 5 - 10 NOV 20
  • Testing Dates: 11 - 17 NOV 20
25th ID

25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI

  • Standardization Dates: 04 - 11 DEC 20
  • Testing Dates: 12 - 18 DEC 20

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions we receive daily by email and phone. They are not addressed in any order so please review the questions thoroughly. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page please let us know!

Q: What do I do if I lost/didn’t receive a copy of my EFMB orders?

A: Email the EFMB Test Control Office Group Email with the following information: Name, Rank, last four of SSN, and the year, date and location of the EFMB event you attended. We will attempt to locate your orders or will give you guidance on further actions to take.

Q: How do I obtain a slot at an EFMB

A: The Test Control Office does not schedule candidates to attend an EFMB. Requests can only be made through the EFMB OIC/NCOIC of the EFMB host unit. Under the “Host Units” tab at the bottom of the page is a link to a document with contact information for each site. If you are having trouble getting in touch with the host unit EFMB cadre, you can contact us directly to provide you more information. Please attempt to contact the host unit prior to calling the Test Control Office.

Question: What are the first steps to locking in EFMB dates to host an event?

A: The Test Control Office receives request to host memos on a first come first serve basis. Under the “Resources” tab is an example request to host memo that needs to be filled out accurately in order to be approved by the TCO and added to the schedule. Refer to AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 para 2-1 e. (5-7) for the required EFMB timeline. It is also important that you give us the best contact numbers to post on our website and keep us informed of any key personnel changes between the request to host submission and EFMB event.

The host commander must sign and submit a request to conduct EFMB testing to the EFMB Test Control Office (TCO) no later than (NLT) 01 September for the upcoming fiscal year anticipated test-start date. Requests submitted to the EFMB TCO after 1 September will be considered based on date availability and will be up to the discretion of the EFMB TCO. In order to host an EFMB Test, the unit must have a minimum of 50 eligible candidates.

Q: Are there any planning resources for host units to utilize?

A: Yes! Check the "Resources" tab for unit planning and training products.

Q: What should I [future candidate] do to best prepare for the EFMB?

A: Our best guidance to you as a future candidate is to ask your company/ unit if there is an EFMB Train-up program that you can get involved in. We understand everyone`s schedules are different so individual efforts you can prepare yourself for are the APFT, 12 Mile Forced March and the EFMB Written Test. All publications for this test can be found online and we recommend studying weeks prior to attending an event and bringing copies of the material with you so you can study during downtime.

There is no one way to be guaranteed successful at an EFMB event. While talking to current badge holders about their experience is a great way to learn tips and tricks of what worked for them, it is best to find what study skills benefit YOU the most in order to make YOU successful when it comes to test week. The R2 center is also a great resource to link up with a performance coach and have them provide specific EFMB preparation to you and fellow Soldiers before an event.

EFMB Candidate Do`s and Don`ts

Q: Is there a time restriction to host an EFMB or be a candidate?

A: There is no time restriction to host or attend an EFMB test. Units may host an EFMB test as often as they want/can support; clearly communicate with the EFMB TCO to ensure availability of the dates they would like to host an EFMB test.

Candidates may attend as many EFMB tests as their parent unit will allow. The parent unit is responsible for any travel required to get to an EFMB event.

Q: How do I study for the WT? Is there an approved study guide?

A: Read and study the publications! There is an approved study guide that can be found under the "Tasks" > "Written Test" tab of our website. This is not a question and answer study guide but instead a guide that you will need the publication for reference to learn about the content of what the question is asking.

The EFMB TCO is consistently observing sites and candidates using material that is not applicable for EFMB testing. Much of the material available on other websites is outdated or irrelevant for EFMB testing purposes. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU USE TO PREPARE!

Q: Can sister services/foreign services compete for the badge?

A: AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 para 2-3 a. (4) other service and multinational candidates eligible to compete must be either medical personnel or serving in comparable medical positions. The test board chairperson will determine whether candidates have met a suitable standard prior to acceptance IAW with this publication.

Q: Do you have an example EFMB Train-up Program?

A: Under the “Resources” tab we have a generic train-up program example of an ideal preparation timeline for EFMB. We highly recommend that you use this as a starting point and sit down with your unit’s long range training calendar to tailor this to your battle rhythm.

Q: Is the Weapons Qualification a tested event at the EFMB site?

A: No, the weapon qualification scorecard is part of the candidate packet and will remain a prerequisite to attending EFMB, not a tested event on site. The standard did change that you must now qualify expert on your individual (assigned) weapon within 12 months of the EFMB test end date. (reference AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 Para 2-3. b. (5))

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EFMB TCO`s physical address:

3630 Stanley Rd., Suite 336 
Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234

Contact Us


OIC        Office: 210-221-6955     Cell (Primary): 210-529-4338

NCOIC   Office: 210-221-6934     Cell: Currently Unavailable