My Sailor had know clue what they were but I took his home with us. Sorry if I cant help you out. He did receive one when he was a civilian he demonstrated how to wear a flight suit. A Navy pilot gave him one
What challenge coin are you considering giving your Sailor?
Some Sailors, mine included, don't want to receive challenge coins from non-military family members. Now that many commands don't give out challenge coins and that those who give them out have to purchase them rather than having them to give away, I think more family members will be buying challenge coins. There is info on Challenge Coins in What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology)
The coin is specifically made for his assignment - IS (Intelligence Specialist). We thought it might be a nice gift but don't know if he will appreciate it if it's not "earned" ??
It would be more of a memento than an earned coin. Get one, and put it aside for his shadowbox after his career.
Have you ever had a discussion with him about challenge coins? You can do as AntiM says and put it aside for his shadowbox.
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Thank you, Craig for your input. We bought our sailor his first coin for PIR, his ship The USS Reuben James. He just graduated A school in Pensacola and is now AE Electrician's Shipmate. I have just bought a coin to commemorate this time in his career. He was very touched and proud to receive these coins and will certainly cherish them much more than an NEX souvenir.....
Thank you so much for your post! It was incredibly helpful!
President Obama caught in photos handing servicemen challenge coins doing "The Secret Handshake"...
Now that is cool... (he actually drop one of them...)
Here is how to do "The Secret Handshake" -
The proper way is to greet your sailor with your hugs and kisses, then while everything starts to wind down and while still in the graduation hall, you will tell them to stand there because you want to make it official for them being a sailor. Then you will do the "secret hand shake" passing the coin (here is how to do the secret hand shake).
NBC news video is here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/28663038#28663038