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Amputee paratrooper earns infantry badge

Posted September 13, 2013

First Lieutenant Joshua Pitcher (Photo submitted by: Joseph Armas)

— A Fort Bragg paratrooper who lost a leg to an explosive device has earned an honor that is a challenge for any soldier.

On his prosthetic leg, First Lieutenant Joshua Pitcher completed an Army Physical Fitness Test, a land navigation course that has a day and night iteration and a timed 12-mile foot march interspersed with 30 infantry tasks to earn the Expert Infantry Badge.

Pitcher was serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in Afghanistan at the time of his injury. Since then, he has conquered months of rehabilitation to get back to work. 

Pitcher rejoined the 4th BCT in May and now serves as a platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

“To any infantry soldier out there who thinks that he can’t earn the EIB, my question to him is: What’s your excuse now?” Pitcher said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 17, 2013

    Interesting question...


  • illegalsgohomerevised Sep 16, 2013

    Congratulations and I admire such a work ethic. Sorely lacking in a lot who have two good legs. You make everyone proud of what you have done!!!

  • Sherlock Sep 16, 2013

    Thank you for your service and you fortitude to go the extra mile. Most people would have failed.

  • NoObamaCare Sep 13, 2013

    mfarmer1- He does have the CIB, but the EIB involves perfection of many skills an Infantryman must possess. Only a handful of "Grunts" receive the EIB every year. Anyone that places their foot in the sand in a "Combat" area, is eligible for the CIB. In my opinion, I respect the EIB more! Plus he is a Ranger; one of the most difficult schools offered by the Military!

  • IBleedRedandWhite Sep 13, 2013

    "If you work for him, you have NO EXCUSE as to why u can't do something unless it's u have NO HEART! SALUTE & Congrats 1LT Joshua Pitcher!!" -unpublished_1

    Absolutely! According to Ft. Bragg, of the 300 that were in the EIB course only 17 earned it this time around.

  • mfarmer1 Sep 13, 2013

    Why Would He Not Have A CIB, And Not A EIB? Was He Not In Combat And A Infantrymen?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 13, 2013

    Great attitude. Great story. Thank you for your service!

  • gnewsome1 Sep 13, 2013

    Congratulations to Lt. Picture. He EARNED the EIB.

  • kschneider650 Sep 13, 2013

    Whoah! Way to go Airborne and way to lead.

  • unpublished_1 Sep 13, 2013

    If you work for him, you have NO EXCUSE as to why u can't do something unless it's u have NO HEART! SALUTE & Congrats 1LT Joshua Pitcher!!