When you’re a member of the military you know what that means. You know how seriously you have to take your position and you and your family understands and appreciates the sacrifice you are making and have made for your country.
Being a member of the military is something which everyone who is able should try and at least entertain. Any type of service in the US uniformed services requires a great deal of sacrifice and a 100% total commitment to your cause. For those serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard that fact is only further punctuated by the fact that you have to go away and live on these bases, amongst your fellow officers, and you have to do so and donate a very committed period of time to this duty. Giving years of your life over to the military is not a small thing. For that reason these military coins you may have seen have real lasting significance.
The fact that the origination of these military coins is already baked into the legend of the armed services makes them that much more of a great gift to give and a cherished gift to receive. If you believe the lore, the first military coins; the Challenge Coin; came about in the United States Army during World War I. One of the wealthy lieutenants had coins struck for all of the men in his unit. A bit later on an Air Service pilot was shot down behind the wall of enemy lines. This Air Service pilot was then captured by the French and was about to be executed. However because this pilot was able to produce this coin that an Army lieutenant had given his friend, he was able to prove himself a friend and save his own life.
While the use of military coins in the modern world may not be anything nearly as theatrical as that, these coins do serve another purpose. Military coins strengthen the already rigid bond these men and women have among one another. When you are given a custom military coin this is a strong symbol for proving your membership among an elite group. Whether you are looking into the Air Force Challenge coins, Navy Challenge coins, Army Challenge Coins, Coast Guard Challenge Coins, Marines Challenge Coins or Challenge coins for Police, Fire, and EMS you are solidifying your contributions to and your membership in an elite company.
Only a military family can understand what it’s like to have family members holed up in foreign wars, off in faraway lands, or even just handling and training in some of the most advanced weaponry, combat, and firearms in the world. By collecting and giving these military coins you are showing your support and affirming your belief in the work that the US military and uniformed service members do.