The history of the Challenge Coin goes back to the Roman Legions and perhaps further. Legionnaires who had performed bravely or provided exemplary service were given a drink, requiring a coin as payment, to recognize their actions. Challenge Coins for organizations, especially military units, are awarded by leadership to recognize individuals special achievements or are available to new members for purchase.
The tradition of a challenge is the most common way to ensure that members are carrying their unit's coin. The challenge is made by the challenger slapping his/her coin on a table or bar. In noisy environments, rapping the challenge coin on a surface may initiate the challenge. (Accidentally dropping a challenge coin is considered to be a deliberate challenge to all present.) Everyone being challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for everyone. However, if everyone that is challenged produces a coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.
The Challenge Coin is a proud tradition of Special Forces and we honor and continue that tradition with the GORUCK Challenge Coin.