"Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR" (abbreviated as GTO) was the All-Union physical culture training programme, introduced in the USSR on March 11, 1931 on the initiative of the Komsomol. It was a complement to the Unified Sports Classification System of the USSR. While the latter provided Soviet physical education system requirements only for athletes, GTO was a programme for all Soviet people of almost all ages. By the year 1976, 220 million people were awarded GTO badges.
A nice original "Ready for Labour And Defense" badge, 2nd class. This model of GTO badge was produced and used from 1946-1961. It is in nice condition, although it does have some enamel damage which is present in photos. Original maker marked spinner on the reverse. Screw post shows some use but is straight and undamaged. Apprx. 31 mm x 22 mm.