U.S. Army Career Counselor Badge

Identification Badge
Career Counselor Badge

An oxidized silver badge 1 7/8 inches (4.76 cm) in height and 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in width overall consisting of an eagle with raised and outstretched wings standing upon, at the point of the intersection, the shaft of a spear to the left and the barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet to the right, weapons terminated just below the point of crossing, and all enclosed by a horizontal oval-shaped frame, its lower half consisting of a scroll inscribed with the words ''CAREER COUNSELOR'' in raised letters, the upper half composed of two olive branches issuing from the ends of the scroll at either side and passing behind the eagle's wing tips, meeting at top center; all areas between the eagle, spear and musket and the frame are pierced.


The spear and musket from the seal of the Department of the Army symbolize the role of the Army in national defense and the many specialized requirements served by the activities of the Career Counselor. The eagle is a national emblem and the branches of olive suggest service in peacetime as well as in war.

 Award Eligibility

See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.

 Date Approved

The Career Counselor Badge was established October 1971. On 7 February 2008, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (M&RA) authorized award of the badge to Retention and Transition Non-Commissioned Officers holding Military Occupational Specialty 79V and National Guard Career Counselor Non-Commissioned Officers with Military Occupational Specialty 79T. 

 Pathfinder Badge Subdued Black Metal
NSN: 8455-00-179-9286

Silver, Oxidized
Dash No.

-1: Regular Size

FINISH : Nickel Plated (Red Brass Only), Silver Plated, Oxidized, Relieved, Matte

Finish and shall match TIOH Metal Finish Chip Number 14.


-1, -2: Nickel plated, Mirror-like Polished and shall match The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH) Metal Finish Chip Number 16.

-3: Dull Flat Black Enamel Finish and shall Match TIOH Metal Finish Chip Number 21. 


-2: Miniature Size

-3: Regular Size, Subdued  



HEIGHT (Overall):

-1, -3: 1-7/8 inches

-2: 1-3/8 inches

WIDTH (Overall):

-1, -3: 2-9/16 inches

-2: 1-7/8 inches


Miniature Badge

A miniature badge 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in height and 1 7/8 inches (4.76 cm) in width overall is authorized.