Awarded to any person in the Active Army or an active Reserve status who meets the following criteria: (1) Successful completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course or the Special Forces Officer Course. (2) Active Army Personnel upon successful completion of the Resident Special Forces Qualification Course, the Special Forces Officer Course, or the then approved program of instruction for special forces qualification in SF training groups, and who were subsequently awarded, by competent authority, SQI "S" or 3 (Officer Personnel), MOS in Career Management Field 18, or Functional Area 18. (3) Reserve Component soldiers in an active Reserve status upon successful completion of the Resident Special Forces Qualification Course, the Reserve Component Special Forces Qualification Course or an approved program of instruction per the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). In addition, Reserve component personnel must have been awarded, by competent authority, SQI "S" or 3 in MOS 11B, 11C, 12B, 05B, or 91B, ASI 5G or 3, a MOS in Career Management Field 18 or Functional Area 18 before becoming eligible for award of the tab. (4) Subsequent to 1955, Reserve Component personnel must have successfully served for 120 consecutive days, or more, as a company grade officer or enlisted member of a Special Forces Operational Detachment (A-Team), Mobile Strike Force, Special Forces Reconnaissance Team or SF Special Project Unit and must have been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge for such service. (5) Prior to 1955, Reserve Component personnel must have served for 120 consecutive days or more, as an officer or enlisted member of the 1st Special Service Force between August 1942 and December 1944, OSS Detachment 101 between April 1942 and September 1945, OSS Jedburg Detachments between May 1944 and December 1945, OSS Operational Groups between May 1944 and December 1945, the Sixth Army Special Reconnaissance Unit (also known as the Alamo Scouts) between February 1944 and December 1945, or 8240th Army Unit between June 1950 and July 1953. (6) Former wartime service. The tab may be awarded retroactively to those personnel who served with Special Forces units during wartime and were either unable to, or not required to, attend a formal program of instruction, but were awarded a SQI "S" or 3 or "5G" by competent authority. The Commander, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center (USAJFKSWC), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is the award approving official.
Our Army Special Forces Metal Tab is a color enameled, gold plated metal badge. This is the same badge that is supplied to the U.S. Army and sold in Army Base Exchanges.