The CAB, featuring both a bayonet and grenade, may be awarded to any Soldier performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized, who is personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement. Award is not limited by one’s branch or military occupational specialty.
“Warfare is still a human endeavor,” said Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Army chief of staff. “Our intent is to recognize Soldiers who demonstrate and live the Warrior Ethos.”
The CAB is retroactive to September 18, 2001.
I’ve long argued for something along these lines for the non-infantry MOSs. This is good to see, and it looks okay, too. I wonder if anyone has earned one with a bayonet, though…
Big hat tip to the Armchair Generalist, who links to a slightly different story dated 6/10 which notes some clarifications to the CAB and changes to the CIB and CMB. So I guess I’m not quite sure what the actual timing of the design approval was. He also notes
Upon reading the letter of the award, it appears that infantry soldiers COULD get a CAB if they were assigned to a non-infantry unit (for example, a Corps headquarters) and otherwise met the guidelines.