Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip Introduced

The National Radio Scouting Committee is pleased to announce that the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee has approved the Amateur Radio Operator rating strip for wear on youth and adult uniforms. This rating strip recognizes the member’s availability as an amateur radio operator for communication services for events and activities, as well as for emergencies.

All registered youth members and adult leaders who also hold a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the Federal Communications Commission are eligible to wear the rating strip. The Supply order number is 617431.

The rating strip is worn on the right sleeve, in position 3 or 4, under the U.S. flag (position 1), patrol emblem or den emblem (position 2). If a unit award is present in position 3, the rating strip is worn in position 4.

This rating strip is similar to the Amateur Radio Operator Badge offered as a proficiency badge by Scouts Australia, as well as the recently introduced badge by Scouting Netherlands. It follows in the footsteps of the Scout Radioman personal interest badge for Senior Scouts and Explorer Scouts that was offered by the BSA in the 1940s.

(Read more in Scouting magazine’s Bryan on Scouting blog.)

2 Responses to Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip Introduced

  1. Justin says:

    Very excited to see this coming down the pipeline.

    I am a bit surprised over where it’s being placed on the uniform however. I would have expected it to be placed over the right pocket like the similar interpreter strips (radio is an electronic form of communication after all).

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