Distinguished Badges are the highest individual awards authorized by the U. S. Government for excellence in marksmanship competition. They are awarded by the CMP in accordance with 36 USC §40722  and by the respective services in accordance with service regulations. The CMP and the military commands responsible for the awarding of Distinguished Badges coordinate their respective badge regulations and the establishment of a master file of Distinguished Badge winners.
Distinguished Badge programs for military personnel are administered by the respective services in accordance with applicable service regulations. Badge programs for civilians are administered by the CMP. The CMP issues Distinguished Badges only to shooters who earn them according to CMP Competition Rules. All Distinguished Badges issued by the CMP are serial numbered and are, without exception, accounted for on an individual badge basis. The name of the recipient, the year the badge was earned and the badge serial number are engraved on the badge.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program would like to invite any Distinguished Rifleman or Distinguished Pistol Shot to submit a biography. The biography should include information about your shooting career and your efforts to become a Distinguished Rifleman or a Distinguished Pistol Shot. Please note that information submitted will be posted online next to your name on the Distinguished page. You can submit your biography by mail or email. Mail your biography to Competitions Department at PO Box 576 Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 or email your biography to Christina Roguski in the Competitions Department at [email protected]. If you have any questions please contact Christina Roguski at (419) 635-2141 ext. 714.
Updating Missing Information
The Civilian Marksmanship Program would like to make sure that all information listed on the Distinguished page is correct. We are missing birthdates, city and states, military ranks and branches of service for several of our Distinguished Shooters. Please provide information to make our Distinguished list as accurate as possible.
The Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges can be replaced by submitting your request in writing along with a check or money order to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Competitions Department, PO Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452. CMP/DCM documentation stating you are a Distinguished Rifleman or a Distinguished Pistol Shot is also required. If you were in the military when you received your Distinguished Badge you will need to contact your branch of service for a replacement. The cost for a replacement badge is $50.00. You will receive a Distinguished Rifleman or Distinguished Pistol Shot Lapel pin with each Badge ordered. Each replacement badge is engraved with the awardees name, date, and badge number. If you have any questions concerning the replacement badges, you can contact the Competitions Department at (419) 635-2141, Ext. 714.
CMP Distinguished Badge Pre-1983 History Search
The CMP Competitions Department is updating its Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot files. Anyone who earned their Distinguished Rifleman or Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges before 1983 is asked to provide us with their badge information. Documentation is needed to confirm and complete historical files of Distinguished shooters. We need the date the badge was earned, the badge number (if available), and the recipients name. If you earned your badge while in the military, we need that information also. Please contact the Competitions Department via e-mail [email protected] or phone (419) 635-2141, ext. 714 with your information. If you have documentation to confirm your Distinguished status, please send a copy to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Competitions Department at: PO Box 576, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.
Distinguished Badge Articles
Several articles are listed below describing the Distinguished Badge Program.
- In Distinguished Company by Dick Culver tells the story of the development of the Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges.
- U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge History tells how this badge was established and why it is so difficult to earn.
- A Short History of the Distinguished Shooter Program is a comprehensive history of the Distinguished Badge program by Hap Rocketto with a glossary of Distinguished terms, information on participation eligibility and much more.
For more information on the Distingusihed Badge program and rules, see Section 10.0 of the CMP Competitions Rulebook.