Military men who own military coins follow strict rules when it comes to engaging in challenges. A challenge can occur, anytime and anywhere. There are no restrictions, soldiers should always carry their respective coin whether they are clothed or naked. Yes, challenges can occur even in the bathrooms.
Below are the rules for the military coins challenge:
1. The rules for the challenge must be explained to all coin holders and new owners.
2. Challenge coin should be carried all the time. It can be placed in the pocket, wallet or a pouch worn around the neck. It can also be placed inside a bag, provided it is within arms reach.
3. It should not be defaced or altered in any way. The coin shouldn’t contain any holes to conveniently add it to a belt or keychain. Once its been pierced, it’s no longer valid.
4. Issuance of coin should be earned and not just randomly given to anyone. It should be treated like an entry to a fraternity. It has more personal value over coins that are bought.
5. Before challenging a coin holder, state the terms of the challenge: is it for a single drink or a round of drinks.
6. It is considered inappropriate for a coin owner to pass his coin to a co-member being challenged. Once the coin is handed to another person, ownership of the coin is transferred too. However, if the coin owner places the coin face down on a table and another person picks it up, it’s fine. No rules are being broken. The examiner (person who picked up the coin) should return the coin to its respective owner to avoid any problem.
7. If the challenged could not present any coin, for whatever reason he has. He needs to buy a single serve or rounds of drinks for the challenger.
8. For instances wherein the challenged is able to present a coin, he is considered as the winner. The challenger should buy drinks for the challenged.
9. A challenge can occur anywhere, dressed or unclothed. It can happen while taking a shower in the men’s locker room. It can also be raised while the men are dressing themselves, so always be prepared.
These rules keep the military coins challenge orderly.
Other tips that may come handy for military coins owner are:
1. For instances wherein a coin is lost, it is the responsibility of the coin owner to request for issuance of a new coin. The sooner the request is made, the sooner the coin will be released. Loss of coin does not excuse the owner from being challenged. Inability to present a coin because it was lost will lead to the automatic loss of the challenged. He is required to buy drinks for the challenger.
2. A challenged owner must present a coin to his challenger within 10 seconds. It is a rule that the coin should always be within reach. If the presentation takes longer than 10 seconds, the challenged owner will automatically lose.
3. When a coin is accidentally dropped and other owners noticed it; such act is considered as a challenge. Anyone can then participate and take the challenge. If anybody from the crowd is able to present a coin, he gets a single drink or a round of drinks.
4. A person should only use a coin issued by his military unit or group. He cannot use a coin from another organization. In cases, where a coin from another organization is used, the challenge becomes invalid.
5. Coin checks or challenges can happen anytime and anywhere. It’s like an impromptu exam for military troops.
Coin challenges are fun. It establishes camaraderie among troop members from different units. However, the original story behind military coins should not be forgotten. It was once used as a means to verify the identity of soldiers. It also saved the lives of many soldiers during the war era.