Can a challenge coin win you free drinks at your local bar? Yes it can! Challenge coins are a time-honored and respected tradition that have won countless people drinks over the years, and even serve as a form of identification in a pinch.
Imagine the surprise of everyone in attendance when you produce a Charlie Team challenge coin from the Zombie Eradication and Containment Command. You are the elite, my friend. You will be in service long after the zombie apocalypse has taken hold of society, and that means free drinks. After all, wouldn’t you buy a free drink for someone dedicated to holding back the hordes of undead as you make your way into the fortified bunker? I think so.
Servicemen and women are issued challenge coins representative of their rank and division. These coins, when kept on a person, can be called into question by anyone with a coin of their own. You can receive coins by rubbing elbows with the bigwigs, or by buying them on Amazon and eBay.
It’s exceedingly difficult to find a genuine challenge coin from a specific unit through these methods, though the Zombie Eradication and Containment Command has made special arrangements to make its coins available to the public while the actual existence of this clandestine organization remains a mystery. Hiding in plain site is the best way to keep a secret, after all.
How Challenge Coins Work
Challenge coins are an interesting phenomenon in the military world that has extended its reach into colleges, big businesses, and even local fire and police.
The object of the challenge coin game is to present your coin at the local bar by tapping it on the bar or boldly dropping it on the floor. Anyone present is then challenged to present their challenge coin. The person with the lowest ranking challenge coin (or the member of a team who forgot theirs at home) is then responsible for buying a round of drinks for the participating parties.
There are military, police, firefighter, and even political challenge coins available to civilians and folks in the service alike. The trick is to carry a coin with you of sufficient rank that you believe no one in the game could beat. If you rub elbows with the Secretary of the Army, and receive a challenge coin from him/her, then there’s a good chance you’ll never buy a drink again as long as you’re playing this game.