Full color Sapper Tab
|Awarded by United States Army|
|Awarded for||Completion of the Sapper Leader Course|
|Established||June 28, 2004|
|First awarded||Retroactive to June 14, 1985|
|Next (higher)||Special Forces Tab|
To be awarded the Sapper Tab, a service member may or may not hold the military occupation specialty code (MOS) designation as a Combat Engineer (Sapper), but must have graduated from the Sapper Leader Course (SLC), that the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, operates. The school falls under the 169th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade. The tab was approved retroactively to the graduates of the first SLC on June 14, 1985.
The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28-day leadership development course for combat engineers that reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army. This course is also designed to build esprit de corps by training Soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions (conventional and expedient), and mountaineering operations. The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course. The course is open to enlisted soldiers in the grades of E-4 (P) (in the army, specialist on the list for promotion to sergeant) E-5 through E-7, cadets, and officers O-2 (Army First Lieutenant ) and below. The course is primarily for U.S. Army and USMC Combat Engineers, but may be attended by all service members with an approved waiver. Approved foreign allied military may also attend.
The full color tab is 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) long, 11/16 inch (1.75 cm) wide, with a red background and a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border and the word "SAPPER" inscribed in white letters 5/16 inch (.79 cm) high. The woodland subdued tab is identical, except the background is olive drab and the word "SAPPER" is in black letters. The desert subdued tab has a khaki background with the word "SAPPER" in spice brown letters.
The Sapper Tab is one of four permanent individual skill/marksmanship tabs (as compared to a badge) authorized for wear by the U.S. Army. In order of precedence on the uniform, they are the President's Hundred Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Sapper Tab. Only three may be worn at one time (not including tabs that are part of the shoulder sleeve insignia such as Airborne or Mountain).