Takes 30 points in EIC (Excellence in Competition) matches to earn a badge. You have to be in the top 10% of the finishing non-distinguished shooters to get points.
Sound easy? OK. One of the LEGs has to be an 8 point award, preferably 10 points for a win.
The match is a 50 shot rifle match with a service rifle. (Garand, M1A or AR15) 10 shots standing at 200 yards, 10 shots sitting rapid fire at 200, 10 shots prone rapid fire at 300 yards and 20 shots prone slow-fire at 600 yards. No sighters. Every shot counts. You can't make a mistake.
Someone pointed out that there are more people who have climbed Mount Everest than have Distinguished Rifleman badges. They have been awarding badges for over 100 years and less than 2000 civilians have them. The armed forces give the same award, but un-numbered and they can shoot a slightly different match shot by large numbers of inexperienced troopers. Cannon fodder.
Update: I'm #1639. Notice- I haven't made a video about me and Hell, I was THERE!