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Badge of Honour of the Bundeswehr
The Badge of Honour of the German Armed Forces (German: Ehrenzeichen der Bundeswehr) is a series of military decorations of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany. It was introduced in 1980 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Bundeswehr by then Minister of Defence Hans Apel and subsequently approved by President of the Federal Republic Karl Carstens. The first Badges of Honour were awarded on November 6, 1980. In 2008, the Badge of Honour was upgraded and received three grades exclusively reserved for heroic deeds. The new awards were the result of a petition by German citizens to restore the order of the Iron Cross.
The German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge (German: Fallschirmspringerabzeichen or Fallschirmschützenabzeichen) is the badge awarded to and worn by qualified parachutists of the Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The badge may also be awarded to military service members from allied nations but its authorization and wear is subject to the recipient’s national uniform regulations.