During the Vietnam War Era, leisure time became a commodity. American soldiers posted in Southeast Asia made the most out of whatever leisure time was available. They’ve caught up on their lack of sleep, wrote letters to their most loved ones, and let off steam while in bars, which somehow became the most prevalent option. Upon entering the bar, an individual may be challenged by members of the team he’s part of to show his personalized bullet. Should he fail to do so, he would be accountable for paying the challengers’tabs. Otherwise, the challengers would be the ones buying the drinks for everyone who brought their bullets with them. This, apparently, is one of the purposes that challenge coins are meant for.
However, know that there are rules for the challenge. Initially, all rules should be exposed to members who have been issued with the coin. Given how the challenge goes, it is an absolute must that each one carry their coin with them at all times. The challenge can be done not only within the hootch bar, but also in other places, and there’s no period when one can relax. Additionally, the coin should be presented not exceeding 4 steps.
At first, the challenger will state the cost, which could be a single beer or an entire round. If the challenged fails to produce the coin for whatever reason, he would buy drinks of an amount stated by the challenger. Because the price could be very costly, every coin holder should never keep his coin out of reach. The challenge cannot be challenged again.
If those who’ve been challenged produced their challenge coins, the challenger would be the one buying drinks for the respondents, which is why the challenger should be wise as to know whether the challenge is holding his coin or not.
There should be no circumstances where the coin is passed on to another member as a response to the challenge. Whoever may receive the coin in this process will be keeping the coin as his new belonging. However, this coin ownership does not apply if the coin’s owner simply places his coin on the ground and another member checks on it for examination. The coin will remain with its original owner, regardless of whoever touches the coin to examine it. Those who are examining the coin cannot make a challenge during this process. Once a “ransom” has been negotiated, the examiner should return the coin to its owner.
In the case that there’s a lost coin, it’s up to the person whether it’ll be replaced or not. Challenge coins should be replaced as soon as possible, because once it’s lost without any replacement, the owner will still be responsible for the price of losing the challenge.
The rules apply to every member, whether he is wearing a set of clothes or come to a place unclothed. The only thing he could do to produce a coin is a single step and one arm’s reach. Challenge coins are what they are and not buckles of a belt, necklaces, or key chains. A coin can be considered valid when worn around its owner’s neck.
It is the owner’s responsibility to hold on to his coin wherever he is, at all times. It’s not meant to be given to another person, which can be considered as opening fraternity to other people. Being issued with challenge coins should be regarded as an honor, so it must be kept that way. This has a lot more value that those that a person may have bought from someone. Furthermore, a person is not allowed to drill a hole onto the coin.