Official Challenge Coin Rules

The military coins’ tradition is the most efficient way of ensuring that members always carry with them their organization’s or military unit’s coin. The challenge coin rules are not standardized for every organization. These rules are only practiced by the members who have formally been issued with their own coin. The coin challenge is controversial to those organizations that do not practice the tradition, yet are challenged by members of other organizations. On the contrary, the challenge coin’s purpose is to establish morale amongst the organization’s members. Forced challenges do not support this principle. Thus, it is discouraged in some military units.

The Challenger

Military coin rules are only applicable for the individuals who own a military coin. These owners may challenge any individual who similarly bears a coin. The act of challenging is popularly known as “Coin Check.” Commonly, it is loudly announced in the group. Briefly, this challenge is made by taking a coin and lifting it up in the air. Then, the challenger should verbally acknowledge that he will initiate a coin check by shouting to the crowd. This can also be done by placing or slapping it onto a table, bar, or floor. This should be done in a manner such that the coin will produce an audible noise so the people being challenged can hear it. If the coin accidentally hits the floor but its owner have no intention to challenge, then he just “accidentally” initiated a coin check. He is now obligated to buy a drink for the people who heard and saw what happened to the coin. This is to imply that people should always carry and handle their military coins with proper care and respect.

Advantage of Coin Carriers

military coinsMajority of the challenge coin owners commonly carry their coins in their pocket or in the leather pouch they wear about their neck. This would provide them an easier response whenever they are challenged. But other versions of the rules of military coins allow cheats like “a step and a reach.” Some rules may also allow other individuals to pass their extra coin to the challenged individual close to them. Coins that are pinned on belt buckles are not accepted in the coin challenge. Same goes for coins that are attached to a key ring. Coins with a hole drilled into them or attached to a lanyard are also not acceptable.

The Challenged

The challenged individualsare also called the “response” of the coin check. They are required to produce a coin within 60 seconds after the challenger initiated the coin challenge. Just as how the challenger drew his coin, the challenged individual should properly respond by drawing his coin in the same manner. Some organizations invalidate the use of military coins that do not have their logo engraved. If the challenger is successful in doing the challenge, the challenger is ought to buy a round of drinks. Otherwise, if the challenged individual failed, he is obligated to buy a round of drinks for the group. However, the drink doesn’t have to be an alcoholic beverage. It can be a caffeinated one, a soda, or anything the challenger and the challenged have agreed upon.

This challenge can occur anywhere and anytime, but challengers prefer the right timing when they sense that a person forgot to carry the coins with them. Some organizations, such as the Special Force army, take the coin check or challenge more seriously. In their rules, failure to comply by buying a round of drinks is a despicable crime. They will require the individual to turn in the coin to their issuing agency. This instills discipline, responsibility, and trustworthiness to the members of the organization.