230615-Z-SM601-1079.JPG Photo By: SFC Terra C. Gatti

FORT BARFOOT, Va. - After five days of intense testing, 13 U.S. Army Soldiers and one Finnish Defense Forces soldier receive their Expert Infantryman Badge June 15, 2023, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The event was run by the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and tested Soldiers on their proficiency and skill as infantrymen over the course of five days. Testing including a physical fitness assessment, both day and night land navigation, three days of testing on more than 30 medical, weapons and patrol tasks, and finally, a 12-mile ruck march that had to be completed within a strict three hour time limit. Testing for the EIB started June 11, 2023, with 121 candidates, including Soldiers from the Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard; the Fort Meyer-based 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as the Old Guard; the Fort Liberty, North Carolina-based 112th Signal Battalion; and Finland. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)


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