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Old 07-18-2004, 02:35 PM   #31
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Eddie,

My thinking exactly, but who would fake such a cheap badge, so I thought, it might have been a souvenir pin or something.

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Old 09-04-2004, 10:44 AM   #32
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Excellent para trooper badge

I recently purchased this in Rivne (Ukraine). Does someone know around which period this type of badge was issued?
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Old 09-04-2004, 11:30 AM   #33
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Matt,
This is the Excellent Parachutist, 1955 type badge. later versions have a different parachute canopy shape.

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Old 08-13-2006, 07:07 AM   #34
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Paratrooper Badge - 1955 or 1968 ??

I recently purchased this which at first I thought was a 1955 version of the Excellent Paratrooper badge given the high quality of the detail and the fact that the "ears" to connect the pendant are on the side. However I thought that the numbers on the badge to indicate jumps were only introduced on the 1968 pattern. My question, therefore is, is this a 1955 pattern, a modified 1955 pattern (the numeral is attached with very old brazing but the reverse does not look very professional), or a very early 1968 pattern badge ??? I still have a lot to learn on these so look forward to your help.

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Old 08-14-2006, 02:06 PM   #35
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Paul,

Welcome to the forum!

I believe it's a 1955 variation with repair.

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Old 08-14-2006, 03:00 PM   #36
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Alexei,

Many thanks for your assistance.

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Old 05-23-2007, 05:17 PM   #37
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What is the difference between the 'distinguished' and the 'regular' paratrooper? What did one have to do to revice the 'distinguished' badge?
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:48 PM   #38
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Good question for which I've long sought a definitive answer.

It probably required doing a certain number of jumps under varying conditions, night jumps, jumps with equipment, water jumps, etc. It may have also required completion of a jumpmaster course, but that may have been the final level and not "otlichnik".
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:21 PM   #39
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If memory serves: 10 jumps - "Otlichnik"; 100 jumps - "Instructor".

There was also an "Excellence in the Airborne Troops" badge, apparently from the late 1980s, but most likely it was a local award.

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Old 05-24-2007, 08:01 PM   #40
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If memory serves: 10 jumps - "Otlichnik"; 100 jumps - "Instructor".

There was also an "Excellence in the Airborne Troops" badge, apparently from the late 1980s, but most likely it was a local award.

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Alexei, there is also accompanying additional training (and/or conditions) that goes with the successive levels.

I jumped with the Russian military in the early 90's (Ryazan Airborne Academy and Moscow) and had it explained to me, but I don't remember what the additional requirements were. Knowing the Russians, the requirements may be varied and be localized at the unit level too.

The officers had many jumps comparable to us, but they included sport jumps which we don't count, for example. The enlisted conscripts also had significantly fewer than I expected, maybe no more than 5 for an entire enlistment. That may have been due to lack of resources during the 90's, but a comparable US trooper in an airborne unit would have had 10-20 in two year's time.
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