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Army Aviation Badges

An oxidized silver badge 3/4 inch in height and 2 1/2 inches in width, consisting of
the shield of the coat of arms of the United States on and over a pair of displayed
wings. A star is added above the shield to indicate qualification as a Senior Army
Aviator. The star is surrounded with a laurel wreath to indicate qualification as a
Master Army Aviator.

The wings suggest flight and reflect the skills associated with aerial flight. The shield
of the coat of arms of the United States signifies loyalty and devotion to duty.

An individual must have satisfactorily completed the prescribed training and proficiency tests, and must have been designated as an aviator in orders issued by the appropriate headquarters as outlined in AR 600-105.

Senior Aviator: An aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may apply for the Senior Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served seven years of rated aviation service, served 84 months in operational flying duty assignments and
accumulated 1,000 hours of flight time.

Master Aviator: A Senior Aviator, who is medically qualified and instrument qualified may apply for the Master Aviator Badge as long as the aviator has served fifteen years of rated and aviation service, served 120 months in operational flying duty assignments accumulated 2,000 hours of flight time.

The Aviator and Senior Aviator Badges were approved on 27 July 1950 and the Master Aviator Badge was approved on 12 February 1957.

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