By Brian Sutton
USAREC Public Affairs
October 20, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs announced the reinstatement of the Gold Recruiter Badge Oct. 20 during the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's Annual Leaders Training Conference here.
Debra S. Wada announced the reinstatement following a 2015 request from USAREC to reinstate the badge as part of the command's recognition program.
"We approved the Gold Recruiter Badge," Wada said. "It took time because we needed to make sure we had a way to use the badge to recognize individual achievement within a team concept."
By reinstating the award, the Army hopes to increase recruiting efficiency by cultivating a positive and competitive recruiting environment, motivate teams to accomplish the mission, influence individuals to contribute consistently to the team's mission, and reinforce positive recruiting behaviors.
"I believe bringing back the Gold Recruiter Badge is iconic!" said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Stoneburg, USAREC's command sergeant major. "It gives the opportunity to recognize Soldiers who contribute to our team's success and it brings back tradition to our profession to identify the best of the best."
The Recruiter Badge was originally approved by the deputy chief of staff for personnel Nov. 7, 1966. The badge design changed and the modification was approved again by the deputy chief of staff for personnel on Oct. 1 1974. In 1975, the badge was modified to make the stars detachable. The Department of the Army approved a reduced size of the Recruiter Badge and addition of a sapphire star for the gold Recruiter Badge in September 1981.