Forty-two candidates out of 221 proved themselves to be experts in their field, March 11 through 22, at the Medical Simulation Training Center during an Expert Field Medical Badge testing event.

Hosted by the 82nd Airborne Division, the competition included a one-week training phase and a week of testing. Candidates had to successfully complete a written test, a day and night land navigation course, three, scenario-based training lanes and a timed, 12-mile ruck march to earn the EFMB.

Sgt. Shane M. Duffy, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, was one of two paratroopers out of a group of eight from his unit who earned the badge.

“It was a rough two weeks,” he said. “You ruck all week so when you have the 12-mile ruck at the end you’re beat up from all of the tasks you’ve had to do for the last two weeks.”

Duffy said his success is due to all the training he and his fellow paratroopers conducted leading up to the event. He said it felt awesome to cross the finish line and earn his EFMB.

“To have done all this for two weeks without a reward would have (not been) the same,” he said.

Sgt. 1st Class Stacey R. Staats, the student first sergeant for the candidates, and a previous EFMB recipient, said the Soldiers who earned the badge had to prove their proficiency at warrior tasks, trauma casualty combat care, physical fitness and land navigation to earn the coveted badge.

“The candidates that actually got the badge are amongst the best of the best,” she said. “(The EFMB is) one of the most coveted badges that you can get in the medical field.”