Military custom coins, also known as military challenge coins, are customized symbolic coins which are usually used to give awards and recognitions to a soldier or military unit. Almost all branches in the military have their own custom coins. Organizations outside the military, like the police and fire departments, are also known to have the custom coins.
Military challenge coins are known not only as symbols of award but also as symbols to boost any coin bearer’s morale and pride. These coins are also used to help easily identify a soldier as well as the unit where he or she came from. Almost all soldiers and military coin bearers have a long tradition of carrying their military custom coins at all times, anywhere they are. This custom is still practiced up to know not only because it is a long time tradition but since it is associated with the use of military coins too.
Carrying a military coin at all times is a long time military tradition in the United States Army which cannot be broken. All members of the military (or the coin bearers) are required to bring them. Another big reason why coin bearers and soldiers always have their military coins with them at all times is the Military Challenge Coin Game.
How to Initiate the Military Challenge Coin Game
The Military Challenge Coin Game can be made anywhere, at any time of the day: in a bar, in a restaurant or in a military field. For the game to start, any member of the military unit must initiate the game first. Once someone already initiated the game, then, the challenger must hold up his military custom coin for everyone to see and say that a military coin check-up will commerce.
How to Play the Military Challenge Coin Game
All military members present during the initiation of the Military Challenge Coin Game must participate. Once the signal has been made, each soldier must take a step and locate his or her own military challenge coin. If a member cannot locate or reach his or her military challenge coin, then, that person would need to bear the punishments of the game.
The Game Punishment: Round of Drinks
Any person who will not be able to locate nor reach for his or her own military challenge coin would need to buy a round of drinks for the challenger and all the members of the unit who were able to successfully show their military challenge coin. This round of drinks can be any alcoholic drinks or beverages that the winners want.
In the event that all members of the unit were able to draw and show their military challenge coins at the initiation of the game, then, the person who initiated the game (the challenger) would need to buy a round of drinks for all the members of the unit.
The main goal of the game is to have someone to buy a round of drinks to any member of the unit. If someone do not want to participate in the game or do not want to follow the rules of the game would need to bear the punishments.
Other Punishment of the Military Challenge Coin Game
Any coin bearer or member of the military unit who refuses to participate in the Military Challenge Coin Game must buy a round of drinks (of any choice of the winners) for all the game participants.
If the person who cannot show or reach his or her military challenge coin refuses to do the punishment of buying a round of drinks for all the winning coin bearers, then, he or she would need to bear the consequences. Excommunication is one of the most common sanctions. However, there are also some cases where the soldier would need to hand over his or her military challenge coin too.