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14 June

United States Marine Corps Birthday-10 November

United States Navy Birthday-13 October

United States Air Force Birthday-18 September

United States Space Force Birthday-20 December

United States Coast Guard Birthday-4 August

Armed Services Birthday Award


Version No. 1.2
Date last revised: August 29, 2022

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The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard are the armed services of United States Armed Forces.   The United States Armed Forces Birthday Rides commemorate each of the armed services of the United States Armed Forces with rides on their respective birthday.  Any SaddleSore or Bun Burner ride is eligible to be classified as a United States Armed Forces Birthday Ride.

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.


DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.


Fees:  See fee page


You may ride any certifiable ride.

Your ride must include at least one DBR for 14 June for the United States Army Birthday Ride, 10 November for the United States Marine Corps Birthday Ride, 13 October for the United States Navy Birthday Ride, 18 September for the United States Air Force Birthday Ride, 20 December for the United States Space Force Birthday Ride, and 4 August for the United States Coast Guard Birthday Ride.  

It is recognized the services’ reserve components and National Guard birthdays differ from the above dates.  This in no way minimalizes the service of our Reserve Components. Riding on a single date for a Service not only honors that service but also honors all active, reserve, and former members of that service.   

You must visit at least four locations that are associated with the branch of service being celebrated.  Each  location must be at least 150 miles from any other location.  Examples of some locations include:

- a visit with a  family member or a friend who retired from that armed service;
-a visit to a historical marker for that branch of service;
-a  monument signifying that branch of service;.
-a military for that branch.

Examples for these include the boneyard at Davis-Mothan Air Force Base on I-10, Naval Station Norfolk on I-64, Patrick Space Force Base along Florida’s Space Coast, U. S. Coast Guard Base Seattle just off of I-5, Fort Campbell near I-24, Marine Corps Recruit Depot also on I-5, and local recruiting stations.

- Few U. S. Space Force commands currently exist therefore NASA locations my be included for the U. S. Space Force Birthday ride.

Please include in your application for ride certification information about your stops so we can include them in your certificate. Proof of your visit with DBRs or photos with your bike are required.  We will give wide latitude here, but you must prove your visit. 

With this documentation, we can personalize your certificate.

For example:

"This is to certify that on 14 June 2021, to celebrate the two-hundred and forty-sixth birthday of the U. S. Army, XXXXX rode a 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited a total of 1,035 grueling miles in less than twenty-four hours.  XXXXXX started his ride in Lakeville Minnesota continuing to the SPC Kenneth Olson, USA, MOH memorial in Paynesville Minnesota, the SPC Dale Wayrynen, USA, MOH memorial in McGregor Minnesota, the gravesite of SGT Michael Colalillo, USA, MOH in Duluth Minnesota, the gravesite of CPL Lansing Wilcox, Wisconsin’s last surviving Civil War veteran in Cadott Wisconsin, the GEN Zachary Taylor, USA, monument in Green Bay Wisconsin, and U. S. Army Base Fort McCoy in Fort McCoy Wisconsin before returning to Lakeville Minnesota while participating in the United States Army Birthday SaddleSore 1000."

Rules for the Armed Services Birthday Award:

You must earn the same type of certified ride for each of the six armed services birthday rides.  The six rides need not occur consecutively, and your qualifying rides may span more than one year.

Documentation for the Armed Services Birthday Award: 

Send copies of your certificates for the rides on each of the armed services birthdays along with your ride application and fee payment.  If you have not yet received a certificate for one of your claimed rides, please note that in the application.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending receipts.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct! is strongly recommended but not required.


There is no additional merchandise for this ride.