Army Parachutist badges are awarded to Airborne personnel based on criteria training, service, and the number of jumps. The badges have both wings and a parachute and are often called Jump Wings.
Description of the Army Parachutist Badges
An oxidized silver badge measuring 1 13/64 inches in height and 1 1/2 inches in width, consisting of an open parachute on and over a pair of stylized wings displayed and curved inward. A star and wreath are added above the parachute canopy to indicate the degree of qualification. A star above the canopy indicates a Senior Parachutist; the star surrounded by a laurel wreath indicates a Master Parachutist. Small stars are superimposed on the appropriate badge to indicate combat jumps as follows:
- One jump: A bronze star centered on the shroud lines 3/16 inch below the canopy
- Two jumps: A bronze star on the base of each wing
- Three jumps: A bronze star on the base of each wing and one star centered on the shroud lines 3/16 inch below the canopy
- Four jumps: Two bronze stars on the base of each wing
- Five jumps: A gold star centered on the shroud lines 5/16 inch below the canopy
The Symbolism of the Parachutist Badge
The wings suggest flight and, together with the open parachute, symbolize individual proficiency and parachute qualifications.
The Master Parachutist is awarded to individuals rated excellent in character and efficiency who have participated in 65 jumps. The jumps include 25 jumps with combat equipment; four-night jumps—one of which as a jumpmaster of a stick. The jumps will also include five mass tactical jumps—which culminate in an airborne assault problem with a unit equivalent to a battalion or larger—a separate company/battery, or organic staff of a regiment size or larger; graduation from the Jumpmaster Course, and service in jump status with an airborne unit or other organization authorized parachutists for a total of at least 36 months.
Awarded to individuals rated excellent in character and efficiency who have participated in a minimum of 30 jumps to include 15 jumps with combat equipment; two night jumps, one of which is as jumpmaster of a stick; two mass tactical jumps which culminate in an airborne assault problem; graduated from the Jumpmaster Course; and served on jump status with an airborne unit or other organization authorized parachutists for a total of at least 24 months.
Awarded to any individual who has satisfactorily completed the prescribed proficiency tests while assigned or attached to an airborne unit or the Airborne Department of the Infantry School, or participated in at least one combat parachute jump.
The Parachutist Badge was formally approved on 10 March 1941. The Senior and Master Parachutist Badges were authorized by HQDA in 1949 and were announced by C-4, AR 600-70, dated 24 January 1950.
Subdued badges are authorized in metal and cloth. The metal badge is black. The cloth badge is of olive green base cloth with the wings, parachute, star, and wreath embroidered in black.
Dress miniature badges are authorized in the following sizes: Master: 13/16 inch in height and 7/8 inch in width; Senior: 5/8 inch in height and 7/8 inch in width; Parachutist: 15/32 inch in height and 7/8 inch in width.