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Expert Soldier Badge Test an Unforgiving Wakeup Call for Non-Infantry Troops

November 26, 2019

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The Army’s newest soldier skill test is proving to be a sobering reminder that many soldiers are not experts at the basic combat skills they need to survive on the battlefield.

Out of 95 soldiers who began Expert Soldier Badge, or ESB, testing here on Sunday, only three remain in the running to earn the Army’s newest skill badge.

The Army Physical Fitness Test and the day and night land navigation events weeded out 59 candidates on the first day of testing. Of the 35 soldiers that started the skill lanes Monday, 27 no-goed out of testing. Five of the eight soldiers who began testing Tuesday were eliminated by 3:25 p.m.

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