The prestigious Distinguished Badge program began in 1884 when the U. S. Army first awarded the Distinguished Marksman Badge. In 1891, the program expanded to offer a Distinguished Rifleman Badge and a new Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. Eventually, there were Distinguished Badge programs for each service and for civilians. The Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges are the highest honor that most military and civilian rifle and pistol shooters can aspire to earn. In 1963, the program was expanded to include the International Distinguished badge, which because points can only be earned in Olympic, World Championship, World Cup and Continental Championships, is perhaps the most difficult Distinguished Badge of all to earn. In 2001, a Junior Distinguished Badge for excellence in three-position air rifle competitions was added. The shooters listed on the pages below have earned some of the 30 Excelence in Competition (EIC) points required to become distinguished.
A Short History of the Distinguished Shooter Program by Hap Rocketto
In Distinguished Company by Dick Culver
The Distinguished International Shooter Badge by Gary Anderson