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earn (one's) stripes

To prove that one is deserving of a particular position or designation. I told the recruiter that I earned my stripes as a teacher before moving into administration.
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earn one's stripes

Gain a position through hard work and accumulated experience. For example, She'd earned her stripes by serving for years as the governor's secretary and personal aide . This expression alludes to a military promotion or award, indicated by strips of chevron or braid added to the recipient's uniform and known as stripes since the early 1800s.
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earn your stripes

If you earn your stripes, you gain enough experience to deserve a particular job or position. Mr. Thaddeus earned his stripes playing for such foreign bands as the London-based Pitiful Souls and Singapore's X-Periments. He has worked hard to earn his stripes as a skilled debater in the House of Assembly.
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An email from bosses of NBC's Stars Earn Stripes claimed "the rigours of the show were too intense" for Jack.
STARS READY TO EARN STRIPES Jordan Spieth Age: 21 World ranking: 4 Best Masters finish: T2 (2014) Form (last 5 events): T2 2 W T17 T4 On incredible run of hot form.
Husband Todd can be seen on NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes," where he is billed only as a "four-time Iron Dog champion," and has survived two rounds of shooting targets and jumping out of helicopters.
Before that, the whole family participated in the TLC series "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a combination travel guide/get-to-know-us show, which, like "Stars Earn Stripes," was produced by Mark Burnett.
She was furious after an email from bosses of NBC's military-style reality show Stars Earn Stripes claimed "the rigours of the show were too intense for him".
With husband Todd appearing in the Peacock's upcoming new reality show "Stars Earn Stripes," Sarah Palin was hobnobbing with Peacock talent and scribes who were quick to snap pictures with the former vice presidential candidate.