Awards

Combat and Commendation Medals

  1. Medal of Honor, MOH

    History
    General George Washington had created the Badge of Military Merit on 7 August 1792 but it had fallen into disuse after the Revolutionary War. Decorations, as such, were still too closely related to European royalty to be of concern to the American people. However, the fierce fighting and deeds of valor during the Civil War brought into focus the realization that such valor must be recognized. Legislation was introduced in the Senate on 17 February 1862, which authorized the medal for the Army and followed the pattern of a similar award approved for Naval personnel in December 1861. The Resolution provided that: "The President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to cause two thousand "medals of honor" to be prepared with suitable emblematic devices, and to direct that the same be presented, in the name of Congress, to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection, and the sum of ten thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of carrying this resolution into effect." The Medal of Honor has had many designs throughout American history. On 23 April 1904, Congress authorized a new design of the medal. The design adopted at that time was designed by Major General George L. Gillespie and is the one currently in use. The medal was worn either suspended from the neck or pinned over the left breast in precedence to other military decorations.
    Prerequisites
    The Medal of Honor will only be awarded in the 3rd Infantry Division to honor an overwhelming personal sacrifice of a Soldier in a real life situation.
  2. Distinguished Service Cross, DSC

    History
    The Distinguished Service Cross was established by President Woodrow Wilson on January 2, 1918. General Pershing, Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, had recommended that recognition other than the Medal of Honor, be authorized for the Armed Forces of the United States for service rendered, in like manner, to that awarded by the European Armies. The request for establishment of the medal was forwarded from the Secretary of War to the President in a letter dated December 28, 1917. The Act of Congress establishing this award (193-65th Congress) dated July 9, 1918 is contained in Title 10 United States Code (USC) 3742. The establishment of the Distinguished Service Cross was promulgated in War Department General Order No. 6, dated January 12, 1918.
    Prerequisites
    The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces). It is awarded for extraordinary heroism:
    While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
    While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
    While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
    Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard when operating under the authority of the Department of the Navy) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).
  3. Defense Distinguished Service Medal, DDSM

    History
    The Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) shall only be awarded to officers of the Armed Forces of the United States whose exceptional performance of duty and contributions to national security or defense have been at the highest levels. Such officers have direct and ultimate responsibility for a major activity or program that significantly influences the policies of the U.S. Government. Only under the most unusual circumstances will the DDSM be awarded as an impact award for outstanding TDY achievement. The DDSM is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service and to honor an individual's accomplishments over a sustained period.
    Prerequisites
    The Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) shall be awarded only to officers who have rendered distinguished meritorious service in a position of enormous responsibility. The DDSM is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor an individual's accomplishments over a sustained period.
  4. Silver Star, SS

    History
    The Citation Star was established as a result of an Act of Congress on July 9, 1918 (65th Congress, Sess II, Chapter 143, page 873) and was promulgated in War Department Bulletin No. 43 dated 1918. It was retroactive to include those cited for gallantry in action in previous campaigns back to the Spanish-American War. Per letter from General Jervey, Office of the Chief of Staff, dated February 26, 1926, is quoted in part: The Secretary of War directs as follows - The following is the amended version of paragraph 187 of Army Regulation: "No more than one Medal of Honor or one Distinguished Service Cross or one Distinguished Service Medal shall be issued to any one person, but for each succeeding or act sufficient to justify the award of a Medal of Honor or Distinguished Service Cross or Distinguished Service Medal, respectively, a bronze oak leaf cluster, shall be issued in lieu thereof; and for each citation of an officer or enlisted man for gallantry in action, published in orders from headquarters of a force commanded by a general officer, not warranting the issue of a Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross or Distinguished Service Medal, he shall wear a silver star, 3/16 inch in diameter, as prescribed in Uniform Regulations." Army Regulation 600-40, paragraph 48, September 27, 1921, specified that the Citation Star would be worn above the clasp, on the ribbon of the service medal for the campaign for service in which the citations were given. On July 19, 1932, the Secretary of War approved the Silver Star medal to replace the Citation Star. This design placed the Citation Star on a bronze pendant suspended from the ribbon design. The star was no longer attached to a service or campaign ribbon. Authorization for the Silver Star was placed into law by an Act of Congress for the Navy on August 7, 1942 and an Act of Congress for the Army on December 15, 1942. The primary reason for congressional authorization was the desire to award the medal to civilians as well as the Army. The current statutory authorization for the Silver Star Medal is Title 10, United States Code, Section 3746.
    Prerequisites

    The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces. It is awarded for gallantry in action:

    While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Actions that merit the Silver Star must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the meet Medal of Honor or a Service Cross (Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, or the Air Force Cross).

  5. Distinguished Flying Cross

    History
    Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.
    Prerequisites
    Recipient must distinguish themselves in support of operations by showing "great heroism or extraordinary action" in an aerial flight as Pilot or Crew Chief. May be awarded for a single action or series of actions that go above and beyond the normal duties of an aviator.
  6. Bronze Star, BS

    History
    General George C. Marshall, in a memorandum to President Roosevelt dated February 3, 1944, wrote: "The fact that the ground troops, Infantry in particular, lead miserable lives of extreme discomfort and are the ones who must close in personal combat with the enemy, makes the maintenance of their morale of great importance. The award of the Air Medal have had an adverse reaction on the ground troops, particularly the Infantry Riflemen who are now suffering the heaviest losses, air or ground, in the Army, and enduring the greatest hardships." The Air Medal had been adopted two years earlier to raise airmen’s morale. President Roosevelt authorized the Bronze Star Medal by Executive Order 9419 dated 4 February 1944, retroactive to 7 December 1941. This authorization was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 3, dated 10 February 1944. The Executive Order was amended by President Kennedy, per Executive Order 11046 dated 24 August 1962, to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces. As a result of a study conducted in 1947, the policy was implemented that authorized the retroactive award of the Bronze Star Medal to soldiers who had received the Combat Infantryman Badge or the Combat Medical Badge during World War II. The basis for doing this was that the badges were awarded only to soldiers who had borne the hardships which resulted in General Marshall’s support of the Bronze Star Medal. Both badges required a recommendation by the commander and a citation in orders.
    Prerequisites

    Bronze Star Medal

    (ref AR600-8-22)

    DA Form 638 Instructions
    Enclosure 1. Narrative
    Citation Template
    BSM Citation Examples
    Non-Combat BSM Narrative Examples
    Bronze Star Medal w/ V Device Citation Example
    The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. 

    The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded for meritorious achievement or meritorious service according to the following:

    Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.

    Award may be made to each member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been cited in orders or awarded a certificate for exemplary conduct in ground combat against an armed enemy. For this purpose, an award of the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge is considered as a citation in orders.
  7. Soldier's Medal

    History
    The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
    Prerequisites
    Awarded to soldiers selected as Soldier of the Quarter.
  8. Meritorious Service Medal, MSM

    History
    At Tri-Department Awards Conference, 5-6 February 1968, there was a discussion on the need for a third meritorious award to provide appropriate recognition for noncombat achievement or service comparable to the Bronze Star Medal for combat achievement or service. It was felt that the Legion of Merit’s prestige was slipping because it was being used with increasing frequency to reward service below Legion of Merit standard, but higher than that required for the Commendation Medal. A proposed executive order was prepared in April 1968 and forwarded for approval to the Military Departments. An ad hoc committee was formed by the Secretary of Defense (M&RA) to select a name. On 8 November 1968, the committee unanimously approved the name "Meritorious Service Medal". President Johnson established the Meritorious Service Medal per Executive Order No. 11448 dated 16 January 1969. The Executive Order was amended by President Reagan per Executive Order 12312, dated 2 July 1981, to authorize award to members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations. The decoration was designed by Mr. Jay Morris, The Institute of Heraldry, and the design was approved by the committee on 20 March 1969. The ribbon design purposely follows the colors used for the Legion of Merit to reflect the parallel between the two medals. The eagle, symbol of the nation, stands on laurel branches denoting achievement. The star is used to represent the military service and the rays emanating therefrom denote the constant efforts of individuals to achieve through excellent and meritorious service.
    Prerequisites
    The Meritorious Service Medal shall be awarded to officers or senior NCOs who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service below that required for the Defense Superior Service Medal. Award of this medal indicates the awardee has performed in a position of significant responsibility over a sustained period of time, usually in a position of combat leadership.
  9. Purple Heart, PH

    History
    The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by General George Washington by order from his headquarters at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782. The writings of General Washington quoted in part: "The General ever desirous to cherish a virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military Merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward". So far as the known surviving records show, this honor badge was granted to only three men, all of them noncommissioned officers: Sergeant Daniel Bissell of the 2d Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line; Sergeant William Brown of the 5th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line, and Sergeant Elijah Churchill of the 2d Continental Dragoons, which was also a Connecticut Regiment. The original Purple Heart depicted on the first page is a copy of the badge awarded to Sergeant Elijah Churchill and is now owned by the New Windsor Cantonment, National Temple Hill Association, PO Box 525, Vails Gate, NY 12584. The only other known original badge is the badge awarded to Sergeant William Brown and is in the possession of The Society of the Cincinnati, New Hampshire Branch but differs in design by not having any lettering embroidered on the heart and the leaves are at the top only with a larger spray of leaves at the base. Subsequent to the Revolution, the Order of the Purple Heart had fallen into disuse and no further awards were made. By Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's birth, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General Orders No. 3, dated 22 February 1932. The criteria was announced in War Department Circular dated 22 February 1932 and authorized award to soldiers, upon their request, who had been awarded the Meritorious Service Citation Certificate or were authorized to wear wound chevrons subsequent to 5 April 1917. During the early period of World War II (7 Dec 41 to 22 Sep 43), the Purple Heart was awarded both for wounds received in action against the enemy and for meritorious performance of duty. With the establishment of the Legion of Merit, by an Act of Congress, the practice of awarding the Purple Heart for meritorious service was discontinued. By Executive Order 9277, dated 3 December 1942, the decoration was extended to be applicable to all services and the order required that regulations of the Services be uniform in application as far as practicable. This executive order also authorized award only for wounds received. Executive Order 10409, dated 12 February 1952, revised authorizations to include the Service Secretaries subject to approval of the Secretary of Defense. Executive Order 11016, dated 25 April 1962, included provisions for posthumous award of the Purple Heart. Executive Order 12464, dated 23 February 1984, authorized award of the Purple Heart as a result of terrorist attacks or while serving as part of a peacekeeping force subsequent to 28 March 1973. The Senate approved an amendment to the 1985 Defense Authorization Bill on 13 June 1985, which changed the precedent from immediately above the Good Conduct Medal to immediately above the Meritorious Service Medals. Public Law 99-145 authorized the award for wounds received as a result of "friendly fire". Public Law 104-106 expanded the eligibility date, authorizing award of the Purple Heart to a former prisoner of war who was wounded before 25 April 1962. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year1998 (Public Law 105-85) changed the criteria to delete authorization for award of the Purple Heart Medal to any civilian national of the United States while serving under competent authority in any capacity with the Armed Forces. This change was effective 18 May 1998.
    Prerequisites
    In America's Army, the Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers who, while engaged in a competitive match, win the mission objective in a round while wounded(under 1/4 health) and last person alive. (Screen Shot and Video recording needed)

    In Armed Assault, the Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers who, while engaged in an official combat operation are wounded in combat and successfully finish the mission while in a position of leadership.
  10. Air Medal

    History
    The Air Medal is awarded to anyone who distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.
    Prerequisites
    Awarded for performing outstanding flight-related duties while in a combat zone. Must be assigned an MOS such as Detachment Commander, Pilot, or Crew (W1-W5). May be awarded with a Combat "V" for Valor for an act of meritorious action or bravery against an armed enemy less than the criteria for the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
  11. Joint Service Commendation Medal, JSCM

    History
    The Joint Service Commendation Medal was was created in 1963. This award is intended for senior service on a joint military staff and is senior in precedence to service-specific Commendation Medals. As such, it is worn above the service Commendation Medals on a military uniform. As a joint award, multiple awards are denoted with an oak leaf cluster regardless of service.
    Prerequisites
    The Joint Service Commendation Medal shall be awarded to soldiers for outstanding or significant sustained achievement in performance of DMOS functions or DMOS leadership below that required for the Meritorious Service Medal.
  12. Army Commendation Medal, ACM

    History
    In a summary sheet, 5 November 1945, WDGAP, Personnel Division recommended that an Army Commendation Ribbon of distinctive design be established to recognize meritorious service in an area at a time for which the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded. The recommendation was approved by the Secretary of War and the ribbon was established by War Department Circular 377, dated 18 December 1945. This circular authorized award to "members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in any capacity with the Army for meritorious service rendered since 7 December 1941, not in sustained operational activities against an enemy nor in direct support of such operation, i.e., in areas and at times when the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded because of its operational character". Authority to award the Commendation Ribbon was delegated to Major Generals or commanders of any command, force or installation normally commanded by Major Generals.
    Prerequisites
    The Army Commendation Medal shall be awarded to soldiers for outstanding performance or achievement in a combat leadership role below that required for the Meritorious Service Medal. Can be awarded for achievement in action in a competitive match below that required for a Bronze Star. In case of a combat award, the V device shall be attached.
  13. Joint Service Achievement Medal, JSAM

    History
    The Joint Service Achievement Medal was designed by Jay Morris and sculpted by Donald Borja, both of the Army's Institute of Heraldry. The bronze medal is 1-7/16 inches in overall diameter, consisting of a star of twelve points. An eagle holding three arrows is superimposed in the center. The shape of the medal was chosen to make it distinctive from all other decorations, and the eagle was taken from the Seal of the Secretary of Defense, under whose authority the medal is awarded. On the reverse, there is a circle composed of the following inscription (in raised letters): JOINT SERVICE (which comprises the upper portion of the circle) ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (which comprises the lower portion of the circle). The space in the center of the circle is left blank for inscribing the recipient's name. The ribbon consists of a center stripe of red flanked on either side by stripes of light blue, white, green, white, and blue.
    Prerequisites
    The Joint Service Achievement Medal shall be awarded to soldiers for significant achievement in performance of DMOS functions below that required for the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
  14. Army Achievement Medal, AAM

    History
    As part of the Army Cohesion and Stability Study (ARCOST) of 1980, a recommendation was made to establish the Army Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon. On 18 February 1981, MILPERCEN requested TIOH initiate action to develop the recommended awards. Designs were prepared by TIOH and forwarded to MILPERCEN on 18 March 1981. On 10 April 1981, the Secretary of the Army approved establishment of the decorations recommended by the ARCOST group. On 13 April 1981, the DCSPER approved a design which had been submitted by TIOH and directed development be initiated.
    Prerequisites
    The Army Achievement Medal shall be awarded to enlisted soldiers for significant achievement in non-combat squad activities, or for achievement in combat leadership below that required for the Army Commendation Medal.
  15. Good Conduct Medal, GCM

    History
    The Good Conduct Medal was established by Executive Order 8809, dated 28 June 1941, and authorized the award for soldiers completing three years active service after that date. The criteria was amended by Executive Order 9323, dated 31 March 1943, to authorize award for three years service after 7 December 1941 or one year service while the United States is at war. Executive Order 10444, dated 10 April 1953, revised the criteria to authorize award for three years service after 27 August 1940; one year service after 7 December 1941 while the United States is at war; and award for the first award for service after 27 June 1950 upon termination of service, for periods less than three years, but more than one year. The medal was designed by Mr. Joseph Kiselewski and approved by the Secretary of War on 30 October 1942. The eagle, with wings spread, denotes vigilance and superiority. The horizontal sword denotes loyalty, and the book represents knowledge acquired and ability gained. On the reverse, the lone star denotes merit. The wreath of laurel and oak leaves denotes reward and strength. The second and subsequent awards are indicated by the wear of the clasp with loop on the ribbon. Bronze clasps indicate the second (two loops) through fifth award (five loops); silver clasps indicate sixth (one loop) through tenth award (five loops); and gold clasps indicate eleventh (one loop) through the fifteenth award (5 loops).
    Prerequisites
    The Good Conduct Medal shall be awarded to enlisted soldiers for meeting a high standard of efficiency, loyalty and duty (3 months of consecutive service) in the performance of their squad or DMOS functions to a level below that required for the Army Achievement Medal or Joint Service Achievement Medal.
  16. National Defense Service Medal, NDSM

    History
    The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) was established by President Eisenhower per Executive Order 10448, dated 22 April 1953, for service between 27 June 1950 and a date to be announced. On 17 June 1954, the Chief of Staff approved establishment of 27 July 1954 as the termination date for award of the NDSM. Executive Order 11265, dated 11 January 1966, amended Executive Order 10488, to include a termination date and authorized the Secretary of Defense to establish periods of eligibility subsequent to 31 December 1960. Eligibility for award, commencing with the period after 31 December 1960, was established by DOD Directive 1348.7, dated 1 April 1966, and terminated effective 15 August 1974, per letter from Manpower and Reserve Affairs, subject: Termination of Eligibility for the National Defense Service Medal, dated 30 June 1974. The NDSM was again authorized by memorandum, dated 20 February 1991, from Secretary of Defense Cheney for active service on or after 2 August 1990 with no termination date established. The termination date was later established as 30 November 1995. The NDSM was reinstated by memorandum from The Deputy Secretary of Defense, dated 26 April 2002, from 11 September 2001 to a termination date to be determined in the future. The Heraldic Division, Quartermaster General’s Office, was requested to provide proposed designs for the NDSM and designs created by Mr. T. H. Jones were submitted to the G1 on 26 May 1953. A committee appointed by DOD, which included representatives of all services, met on 27 May 1953 and 3 June 1953 and selected the design for final approval. The eagle, our National emblem, together with the shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States is used to symbolize the defense of the United States. The combination of oak and palm leaves signify strength and preparedness.
    Prerequisites
    The National Defense Service Medal shall be awarded to soldiers that have served in their nations Armed Forces. Copy of a DD214 or photo proof must be sent to Command Staff for verification.
  17. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, AFEM

    History
    During the late 1950's, it became apparent that a medal was needed to recognize the services of the Armed Forces who participated in the increased involvement of the American military in peacekeeping activities. As a result, President Kennedy established the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, per Executive Order 10977, dated 4 December 1961, for operations on or after 1 July 1958. In a memorandum dated 20 December 1961, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense requested that The Institute of Heraldry submit proposed designs as soon as possible. Proposed designs were submitted on 25 January 1962 and a design, created by Mr. Jay Morris, was tentatively selected. The design was submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts for comments prior to approval by the Deputy Secretary of Defense on 24 April 1962. The selected design uses the eagle to represent the strength of our Armed Forces, and the sword, loose in its scabbard, denotes the readiness to serve wherever needed, as further suggested by the compass rose. At the present time, JCS has designated 22 operations for which the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be awarded. A bronze service star is worn to denote second and subsequent awards of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Each Service may authorize the use of campaign streamers for operations in the designated areas. The Army has authorized campaign credit and display of streamers for three areas: Grenada, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The Air Force has authorized display of streamers for all 22 operations. The Navy authorizes display of three silver stars and four bronze stars on the streamer representing 19 operations.
    Prerequisites
    The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal shall be awarded to soldiers who have deployed to a theater other than being state-side for training for at least 12 months. This includes official operations, FTX's or CTX's.
  18. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, GWOTEM

    History
    On 20 September 2002, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, requested the Institute provide suggested designs. This was accomplished and the design was selected on 7 January 2003. Executive Order 13289, dated 12 March 2003, signed by President Bush, established this medal. The Office of The Under Secretary of Defense approved additions to the designated geographical areas of eligibility on 21 March 2005.
    Prerequisites
    In America's Army public play session, The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal shall be awarded to any soldier who achieves no less then all "Top Performances" at the end of a full match with 3 other 3rd Infantry Division soldiers on their team, to include takedowns. (Two Screen shots required: one of scoreboard and one of top performers)

    In Armed Assault, the The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal shall be awarded to any soldier who has deployed with the unit to a region controlled by terrorists and has assisted in the search for and removal of the terrorists and/or assisted with missions regarding terrorist plots in no less than six official operations.
  19. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, GWOTSM

    History
    On 20 September 2002, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, requested the Institute provide suggested designs. This was accomplished and the design was selected on 7 January 2003. Executive Order 13289, dated 12 March 2003, signed by President Bush, established this medal.
    Prerequisites

    In America's Army public play session, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal shall be awarded to any soldier who achieves no less than 20 kills (First Award) and/or 30 kills (Second award plus), with at least 3 other soldiers on the same team, having won the match (Screen Shot required).

    In Armed Assault,The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal shall be awarded to any soldier who has been deployed to fight terrorism. While being deployed, the soldier must complete his/her duties to the best of their abilities in no less than three official operations.

  20. Armed Forces Service Medal, AFSM

    History
    On 2 March 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy) (OASD-RMP) requested that The Institute of Heraldry prepare a medal and ribbon design for the proposed Armed Forces Service Medal. This medal was to be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who participated as members of units involved in military operations of significant numbers with no foreign armed opposition or the threat of imminent hostile action. This medal is intended to meet a void in the criteria between the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Proposed design was forwarded by OASD-FMP to the Services and the Joint Staff. Concurrence in the establishment of the medal from the Services and the Joint Staff was received and the proposal was forwarded to the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) for issuance of an Executive Order. The medal was authorized by Executive Order 12985, dated 11 January 1996.
    Prerequisites
    The Armed Forces Service Medal shall be awarded to soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division that are assigned to non-combat positions (DMOS) in addition to their combat billet and serve with distinction for a period of six months or longer.
  21. Humanitarian Service Medal, HSM

    History
    The Humanitarian Service Medal was established by President Ford per Executive Order 11965, dated 19 January 1977. The order provided for award for participation in a military operation of a humanitarian nature subsequent to 1 April 1975. The policy and award criteria for the Humanitarian Service Medal was established by Department of Defense Directive 1348.25, dated 23 June 1977. Proposed medals were submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for approval 18 April 1977 and the selected design was approved by OSD on 10 May 1977. The design by Mr. Jay Morris, The Institute of Heraldry, uses the outstretched hand with palm up as the international symbol for aid and assistance. On the reverse, the oak sprig is symbolic of strength imparted through a selfless mission to aid mankind. The color purple in the ribbon stands for self-sacrifice, white for regeneration and blue for universal friendship. In addition, the two shades of blue are the colors used in the flags of OSD.
    Prerequisites
    The Humanitarian Service Medal shall be awarded to members of the 3rd Infantry Division who distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in any significant online act or operation of a humanitarian nature approved by Command Staff. The medal is awarded for participation in areas of helping others with technical issues (such as web design, graphics, signatures and general computer problems) or morale support to fellow soldiers in times of need.
  22. Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, MOVSM

     

    History
    The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) was established by Executive Order 12830, 9 January 1993. It may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve Components, who subsequent to 31 December 1992, perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained direct and consequential nature.
    Prerequisites
    The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal shall be awarded to any soldier who donates in excess of $50 in any calendar month. A "V" device is added for donations in excess of $100 in any calendar month. 

Service Ribbons

  1. Army Service Ribbon, ASR

    History
    The Army Service ribbon was established on April 10, 1981, by the Secretary of the Army. The Army Service ribbon is multi-colored to represent the entire spectrum of military specialties in which officers and enlisted soldiers may enter upon completion of their initial training.
    Prerequisites
    The Army Service Ribbon shall be awarded to the any Graduate(s) of Basic Combat Training. A "V" device is attached for Honor Graduates who have been fast tracked to the rank of Private First Class (E-3).
  2. NCO Professional Development Ribbon, NCODEV

    History
    The NCO Professional Development Ribbon (established in 1981) is issued by the U.S. Army for completion of any prescribed non-commissioned officer development courses. The first award of the NCO Professional Development Ribbon is issued for completion of the basic leader course (former titles of BLC include: the "Warrior Leader Course", "Primary NCO Course", "Combat Army Course", and the "Primary Leadership Development Course"). When a soldier completes additional schooling such as the Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), and Master Leader Course (MLC), an award numeral is worn on the ribbon to denote subsequent satisfactory completion of those courses (2, 3, & 4 respectively). Currently, the numeral "5" is authorized for graduation from the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy's, Sergeants Major Course. Graduates of the Battle Staff NCO Course, and the legacy First Sergeant Course, do not receive a numeral device for graduation from those courses. The highest numeral authorized for the NCO Professional Development Ribbon is "6" for graduates of the Nominative Leaders Course (NLC). NLC is a two week strategic leader development course designed to prepare nominative Command Sergeants Major (CSM) and Sergeants Major (SGM) for their duties as CSMs for commanders of 1-2 star Army commands, and Staff Section SGMs at HQDA level of responsibilities.
    Prerequisites
    The NCO Professional Development Ribbon shall awarded to soldiers for the successful completion of the Warrior Leadership Course and who are above the rank of Corporal (E-4a). 
  3. Overseas Service Ribbon, OSR

    History
    The Army Overseas Service Ribbon was first issued in August 1981. It is presented to any member of the United States Army who completes a standard overseas tour of duty. In the 11 December 2006 revision of AR 600-8-22 (Military Awards), the Army eliminated the policy which had restricted the awarding of the Overseas Service Ribbon when another campaign or service medal is awarded.
    Prerequisites
    The Overseas service ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who participate in 10 Official Operations and/or 10 Victorious Competitive matches in the 3rd Infantry Division

Campaign Ribbons

  1. Day of Days Mission Service Ribbon

    History
    The Day of Days Mission was a 24 hour combat mission held on America's Army 2 on June 27th, 2007.
    Prerequisites
    The Day of Days Mission Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in the Day of Days mission on June 27th, 2007.
  2. Operation Red Dawn Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Red Dawn Service was a 2 week combat deployment that began on December 30th, 2007.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Red Dawn Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Red Dawn.
  3. Operation Red Clover Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Red Clover was a combat deployment on March 29th, 2008.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Red Clover Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Red Clover.
  4. Operation Red Hammer Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Red Hammer was a combat deployment in America's Army 2 on May 24th, 2008.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Red Hammer Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Red Hammer.
  5. Operation Guardian Angel Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Guardian Angel was a combat operation on America's Army 2 on August 25th, 2008.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Guardian Angel Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Guardian Angel.
  6. Operation Endurance Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Endurance Service was a combat deployment in America's Army 2 on December 6th, 2008.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Endurance Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Endurance.
  7. Operation Raging Bull Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Raging Bull was a combat deployment in America's Army 2 on March 14th, 2009.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Raging Bull Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Raging Bull.
  8. Operation Warhound Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Warhound was a combat deployment in Amercia's Army 2 on July 16th. 2009.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Warhound Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Warhound.
  9. Operation Desert Falcon Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Desert Falcon was a combat deployment in Amercia's Army 2 on December 14th, 2009.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Desert Falcon Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Desert Falcon.
  10. Operation Iron Badger Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Iron Badger was a combat deployment in Amercia's Army 2 on February 24th, 2010.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Iron Badger Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Iron Badger.
  11. Operation Eagle's Claw Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Eagle's Claw was a combat deployment in Amercia's Army 2 on November 10th, 2010.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Eagle's Claw Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Eagle's Claw.
  12. Operation Eternal Crystal Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Eternal Crystal was a combat deployment in America's Army 2 on May 18th, 2011.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Eternal Crystal Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Eternal Crystal.
  13. Operation Titan Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Titan was a combat operation for both Armed Assault 3 and America's Army Proving Grounds during 2014.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Titan Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Titan.
  14. Operation Black Forest Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Black Forest was a combat operation for both Armed Assault 3 and America's Army Proving Grounds during May through September 2015 including eight (8) combat missions and four (4) combat phases
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Black Forest Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Black Forest.
  15. Operation Bronze Fire Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Bronze Fire was a combat operation for both Armed Assault 3 and America's Army Proving Grounds during January through September 2016 including forty four (44) combat missions and two (2) combat phases. Twenty Two (22) combat missions per company.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Bronze Fire Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Bronze Fire.
  16. Operation Red Leopard Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Red Leopard was a combat operation including Armed Assault 3, America's Army Proving Grounds, and Insurgency during December 2016 through March 2017 including fourteen (14) combat missions, seven (7) combat missions per company.
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Red Leopard Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Red Leopard.
  17. Operation Freedom Sentinel Service Ribbon

    History
    Operation Freedom Sentinel was a combat operation including Armed Assault 3, America's Army Proving Grounds, Insurgency and Squad during October 2017 through October 2018 including forty seven (47) combat missions and four (4) combat phases
    Prerequisites
    The Operation Freedom Sentinel Service Ribbon shall be awarded to soldiers who served in Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Unit Citations

  1. Army Superior Unit Award, ASUA

    History
    As part of the Army Cohesion and Stability Study (ARCOST) of 1980, a proposal to adopt the Army Superior Unit Award was forwarded to Major Army Commands (MACOM) for comment on 18 March 1981. This recommendation was based on the fact that present Army unit awards were for combat service only. While all MACOM\ and most of the Army Staff supported the proposal, the leadership elected not to approve the new award. In 1984, the Vice Chief of Staff, Army, directed that a Peacetime Unit Award be developed and submitted for approval. In April 1985, the Secretary of the Army (SECARMY) approved the Army Superior Unit Award for meritorious unit performance of a uniquely difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances that involved the national interest. As a result of the strict criteria and lack of approving awards, the criteria was changed by SECARMY in July 1986. This change deleted the words "unique" and "national interest". Only one award was approved prior to the revision and it went to the 3d Battalion, 502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Nearly 200 of the 248 soldiers that were killed in the plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland, were from the battalion and were on their way home in December 1985 from duty with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert. The Army Superior Unit Award is the third highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit.
    Prerequisites
    The Army Superior Unit Award shall be awarded at peacetime to any unit of the Army which displays outstanding meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission carried out under extraordinary circumstances as ordered by the commander.

    Awarded:
    04SEP2016 - Operation Bronze Fire - Soldiers who participated in one (1) to eight (8) Combat missions
  2. Valorous Unit Award, VUA

    History
    As a result of a request from the Commander, USMACV, to expand the scope of the Meritorious Unit Commendation to include acts of valor, a review of the unit awards program was conducted in 1965. The study concluded that a gap existed in the awards program. The Distinguished Unit Citation was awarded for gallantry in action for heroism that would warrant the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. There was no lesser unit award for heroism. Based on the study, a recommendation was submitted to expand the scope of the Meritorious Unit Commendation to include acts of heroism. The recommendation was disapproved by the DCSPER and in a memorandum to the CSA, dated 7 January 1966, the DCSPER recommended a Valorous Unit Award be adopted to signify unit gallantry in combat to a degree equivalent to that required for award of a Silver Star to an individual. The recommendation with proposed design was approved by the Chief of Staff, Army, on 12 January 1966. The Valorous Unit Award is the second highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit.
    Prerequisites

    The Valorous Unit Award shall be awarded to any unit of the 3rd Infantry Division which displays extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America by order of the commander.

    Awarded:
    04SEP2016 - Operation Bronze Fire - Soldiers who participated in nine (9) to seventeen (17) Combat missions

    04NOV2018 - Operation Freedom Sentinel - Soldiers who participated in a minimum of one (1) Combat mission out of forty-seven (47).

  3. Presidential Unit Citation, PUC

    History
    The Distinguished Unit Citation was established as a result of Executive Order No. 9075, dated 26 February 1942. The Executive Order directed the Secretary of War to issue citations in the name of the President of the United States to Army units for outstanding performance of duty after 7 December 1941. The design submitted by the Office of the Quartermaster General was approved by the G1 on 30 May 1942. The Distinguished Unit Citation was redesignated the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) per DF, DCSPER, date 3 November 1966. The Presidential Unit Citation is the highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit.
    Prerequisites
    The Presidential Unit Citation shall be awarded to any unit of the 3rd Infantry Division for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy by order of the commander.

    Awarded:
    04SEP2016 - Operation Bronze Fire - Soldiers who participated in eighteen (18) to twenty two (22) Combat missions

Skill Badges

  1. U.S. Army Ranger Tab

    History
    The Ranger tab is a service school military decoration of the United States Army signifying completion of the 61-day long Ranger School course in small-unit infantry combat tactics in woodland, mountain, and swamp operations. Those graduating from Ranger School are presented with the Ranger Tab, which is worn on the upper shoulder of the left sleeve of a military uniform. It is currently one of four permanent individual skill/marksmanship tabs authorized for wear by the U.S. Army.
    Prerequisites
    The US Army Ranger Tab shall be awarded to those who successfully complete Ranger School (Arma).
  2. French Fourragere

    History
    The 3rd Infantry Division was awarded the Fourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de Guerre for service to France in WW I.
    Prerequisites
    Awarded to those soldiers who have earned no less than 3 of the following skill badges/tabs: Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Wings, and Expert Infantry Badge.
  3. 3rd Infantry Division Unit Patch

    History
    The 3rd Infantry Division Patch was worn from 24 October 1918 to Present.

    The Third Division was organized in 1917 at Camp Greene, North Carolina and arrived in France in 1918. The three white stripes of the insignia are symbolical of the three major operations in which the division participated during World War I. The blue field symbolizes the loyalty of those who placed their lives on the altar of self-sacrifice in defense of the American ideals of liberty and democracy. This insignia was originally approved on 24 Oct 1918 for the 3rd Division, amended to correct the wording of the description on 11 Oct 1922 and redesignated with an amendment to include the border in the description for the 3rd Infantry Division on 15 May 1964.
    Prerequisites
    The 3rd Infantry Division unit patch shall be awarded to soldiers who have been deployed on no less than 3 unit operations.
  4. Combat Infantryman Badge, CIB

    History
    The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) is a United States Army military award. The badge is awarded to infantrymen and Special Forces Soldiers in the rank of Colonel and below, who personally fought in active ground combat while assigned as members of either an infantry, Ranger or Special Forces unit, of brigade size or smaller, any time after 6 December 1941. The CIB and its non-combat contemporary, the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) were simultaneously created during World War II to enhance the morale and prestige of service in the infantry. Specifically, it recognizes the inherent sacrifices of all infantrymen, and that, in comparison to all other military occupational specialties, infantrymen face the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in action.
    Prerequisites
    The Combat Infantryman Badge shall be awarded to any soldier who has participated in active ground combat, no less than one time, and came out victorious during an official operational mission. Shall be awarded once per Campaign, up to 4 times. Subsequent awards are denoted by 1 silver star per additional award, attached to the top of the badge.
  5. Expert Infantryman Badge, EIB

    History
    The Expert Infantryman Badge, or EIB, is a special skills badge of the United States Army. Although similar in name and appearance to the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), it is a completely different award: while the CIB is awarded to infantrymen for participation in ground combat, the EIB is presented for completion of a course of testing designed to demonstrate proficiency in infantry skills. The EIB was first created in October 1943. Currently, it is awarded to U.S. Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties. To be awarded the EIB, the soldier must complete a number of prerequisites and pass a battery of graded tests on basic infantry skills.
    Prerequisites
    The Expert Infantryman Badge is awarded to Soldiers who successfully complete the Expert Infantryman Course in the 3rd Infantry Division.
  6. Combat Action Badge

    History
    Since the Combat Infantryman Badge was introduced in 1943 followed by the Combat Medical Badge in 1945, other branches argued in favor of their own badges, but a War Department review board just after the war ruled these out. Unofficial combat badges for non-infantry soldiers were in some instances worn in violation of uniform regulations or included in personal award displays wherein the rifle and blue field of the CIB were replaced with the appropriate branch insignia and color. These unofficial combat badges began to appear shortly after the creation of the Combat Infantryman Badge and while the practice continued until the creation of an official non-infantry combat badge it never became widespread.
    Prerequisites
    The Combat Action Badge may be awarded to any soldier not eligible for the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) or Combat Medical Badge (CMB) after the date of September 18, 2001 performing duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized, who is personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.
  7. Combat Medical Badge

    History
    Originally established as the Medical Badge, the Combat Medical Badge (CMB) was created by the War Department on 1 March 1945. It could be awarded to officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldier of the Medical Department assigned or attached to the medical detachment of infantry regiments, infantry battalions, and elements thereof designated as infantry in tables of organization or tables of organization and equipment. Its evolution stemmed from a requirement to recognize medical aid-men who shared the same hazards and hardships of ground combat on a daily basis with the infantry Soldier. Though established almost a year and a half after the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), it could be awarded retroactively to 7 December 1941 to fully qualified personnel.
    Prerequisites
    The Combat Medical Badge may be awarded to any soldier who having completed advanced medical training, participates in active combat during an operational mission, while assigned to or filling a dedicated medical role (CLS/Medic).
  8. Expert Field Medical Badge

    History
    The Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) is a United States Army decoration first created on June 18, 1965. This badge is the non-combat equivalent of the Combat Medical Badge (CMB) and is awarded to medical personnel of the US Military who successfully complete a set of qualification tests including both written and performance portions.
    Prerequisites
    The Expert Field Medical Badge shall be awarded to soldiers who successfully complete the Expert Field Medical Course in the 3rd Infantry Division.
  9. Air Assault Badge

    History
    According to the United States Army Institute of Heraldry, "The Air Assault Badge was approved by the Chief of Staff, Army, on 18 January 1978, for Army-wide wear by individuals who successfully completed Air Assault training after 1 April 1974. The badge had previously been approved as the Airmobile Badge authorized for local wear by the Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, effective 1 April 1974." The division had been reorganized from parachute to airmobile in mid-1968 in Vietnam and designated the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). The parenthetical designation changed to Air Assault on 4 October 1974 and the name of the badge was likewise changed.
    Prerequisites

    The Air Assault Badge shall be awarded to soldiers who successfully complete Air Assault School.

  10. Master Parachutist Badge

    History
    The original Army Parachutist Badge was designed in 1941 by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough and approved by the Department of the Army in March of that year. The Parachutist Badge replaced the "Parachutist Patch" which had previously worn as a large patch on the side of a paratrooper's garrison cap. LTG Yarborough also designed the Senior and Master Parachutist Badges and the addition of stars to portray the number of combat jumps.
    Prerequisites

    Have met requirements and been awarded Senior Parachutist Badge.

    Complete 10 additional (20 total) successful jumps between official Operations and Airborne School(s).

  11. Senior Parachutist Badge

    History
    The original Army Parachutist Badge was designed in 1941 by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough and approved by the Department of the Army in March of that year. The Parachutist Badge replaced the "Parachutist Patch" which had previously worn as a large patch on the side of a paratrooper's garrison cap. LTG Yarborough also designed the Senior and Master Parachutist Badges and the addition of stars to portray the number of combat jumps.
    Prerequisites

    Complete Jump Master School with 173rd, Must have 5 training jump schools completed to attend.

    Complete 10 successful jumps between official Operations and Airborne School(s).

  12. Basic Parachute Badge

    History
    The Parachutist Badge, also commonly referred to as "Jump Wings" is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces awarded to members of the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.
    Prerequisites
    The Basic Parachute Badge shall be awarded to soldiers who have successfully complete Airborne School. Once earned, additional awards of the Basic Parachute Badge shall be awarded to soldiers who successfully complete a combat jump during an official operation. These subsequent awards are denoted by stars attached to the badge, 1 bronze star per jump up to 4 total, at which point the 5th combat award is denoted by a single gold star.
  13. Master Aviator Badge

    History
    Army Aviators who successfully perform 15 years on flight status qualify for the Master Aviator Badge.
    Prerequisites

    3rd CAB Aviators with no less than 3 months time in grade at Chief Warrant Officer 4 qualify for the Master Aviator Badge.

  14. Senior Aviator Badge

    History
    Army Aviators who successfully perform 7 years on flight status qualify for the Senior Aviator Badge.
    Prerequisites

    3rd CAB Aviators with no less than 3 months time in grade at Chief Warrant Officer 3 qualify for the Senior Aviator Badge.

  15. U.S. Army Aviator Wings

    History
    The first United States Aviator Badges were issued to members of the Air Service during World War I. The badges were issued in three degrees: Observer (a "US" shield and one left-side wing), Junior Aviator or Reserve Aviation Officer (a "US" shield between two wings), and Senior Aviator (a star over "US" shield between two wings). The Army Air Corps also issued a badge for balloon pilots, known as the Aeronaut Badge. Enlisted Aviators wore their regular rank insignia and the Observer's badge. There were 29 enlisted pilots before the American entry into World War I. The second enlisted aviator, William A. Lamkey, got a discharge and flew for Pancho Villa. The remaining enlisted pilots received commissions in 1917. There were 60 enlisted mechanics who were trained as pilots in France during the war, but they were used for ferrying duties and did not fly in combat. The recruiting and training of enlisted Aviators ended in 1933.
    Prerequisites

    The U.S. Army Aviator Badge shall be awarded to soldiers who successfully complete Aviation School and are inducted into the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.

  16. Marksmanship Badge (Expert)

    History
    A Marksmanship Badge is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces or a U.S. Civilian badge which is presented to personnel upon successful completion of a weapons qualification course (known as Marksmanship Qualification Badges) or high placement in an official marksmanship competition (known as Marksmanship Competition Badges).
    Prerequisites

    Score 36 - 40 hits with the service rifle during rifle qualification.

  17. Marksmanship Badge (Sharpshooter)

    History
    A Marksmanship Badge is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces or a U.S. Civilian badge which is presented to personnel upon successful completion of a weapons qualification course (known as Marksmanship Qualification Badges) or high placement in an official marksmanship competition (known as Marksmanship Competition Badges).
    Prerequisites

    Score 30 - 35 hits with the service rifle during rifle qualification.

  18. Marksmanship Badge (Marksman)

    History
    A Marksmanship Badge is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces or a U.S. Civilian badge which is presented to personnel upon successful completion of a weapons qualification course (known as Marksmanship Qualification Badges) or high placement in an official marksmanship competition (known as Marksmanship Competition Badges).
    Prerequisites

    Score 23 - 29 hits with the service rifle during rifle qualification.

  19. Pathfinder Badge

    History
    The Pathfinder Badge is a military badge of the United States Army awarded to soldiers who successfully complete the U.S. Army Pathfinder School at Fort Benning, Georgia. To be awarded the Pathfinder Badge, the soldier must complete Pathfinder instruction in advanced land navigation, advanced scouting, tactical air traffic control in the field, and the control of parachute operations; the badge is awarded on completing several examinations under field training exercise (FTX) conditions. Examinations include proficiency in sling load rigging and execution, planning and execution of helicopter landing zones (HLZ), air traffic control operations, aerial delivery of troops and supplies, and several others.
    Prerequisites

    The Pathfinder Badge is awarded to Soldiers who successfully complete the Pathfinder School in the 3rd Infantry Division.

  20. Overseas Service Bar

    History
    The Overseas Service Bar is an accouterment on United States Army dress uniforms that indicates a soldier has served in a combat zone. They are displayed as an embroidered gold bar worn horizontally on the right sleeve of the Class A uniform and the Army Service Uniform. [1] Overseas Service Bars are cumulative, in that each bar worn indicates another deployment period. Time spent overseas/ deployed is also cumulative, meaning one bar could be earned for two separate missions in one operation.
    Prerequisites
    The Overseas Service Bar is issued automatically (no official announcement) after a soldiers participates in an Official Campaign Operation, serving in a minimum of one mission during that operation.
  21. Service Stripes

    History
    In 1777 the French ancien régime army had used Galons d'ancienneté, or "Seniority Braid" (cloth braid chevrons nicknamed brisures > "breaks") worn on the upper sleeves awarded for each seven years of enlistment.[4] Soldiers who wore such emblems were called briscards. The practice was continued in Napoleon Bonaparte's army in which they were awarded for 10, 15, and 20 years of service. The French Army later moved them to the lower sleeves and the rank stripes to the upper sleeves. Service chevrons were worn on the lower left sleeve and Wound Stripes were worn on the lower right sleeve (influencing the American Wound Chevron device).
    Sleeve stripes are worn only by enlisted personnel. U.S. Army soldiers wear their stripes on the bottom cuff of the left sleeve and Overseas Service Bars on the right one. Service stripes are only worn on formal uniforms, and are not seen on work uniforms.
    Prerequisites
    The Service Stripe is authorized to be worn each stripe for three month of service, In contrast to the U.S. Army, a service stripe is authorized for wear by enlisted personnel upon completion of the specified service time frame (three months), regardless of the service member's disciplinary history. For example, a soldier with several non-judicial punishments and courts-martial would still be authorized a service stripe for three months service, although the Good Conduct Medal would be denied.
  22. Appurtenance - Numerals

    History
    Numerals are attached and worn on the Non-Commissioned Officer's Development Ribbon to indicate completion of additional leadership training.
    Prerequisites
    Numeral 2 is awarded upon completion of Advanced Leaders Course.
    Numeral 3 is awarded upon completion of First Sergeant School.
  23. Appurtenance - Bronze V

    History
    Awarded at discretion of Battalion or Company Commander for Heroism or Valor in combat during an official operation mission. 
    Also awarded to OSUT Honor Graduates.
    Prerequisites
    May be worn when awarded in conjunction with the following medals and ribbons: Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, any other other award at command discretion. 
    Also worn upon the Army Service Ribbon by OSUT Honor Graduates.
  24. Appurtenance - Oak Leaf Clusters

    History
    The bronze Oak Leaf Cluster is awarded to and worn by Army personnel on US decorations to denote the second and subsequent awards. A silver Oak Leaf Cluster is worn in lieu of five (5) bronze clusters. Oak Leaf Clusters are also worn on unit citations for the same purpose.
    Prerequisites
    May be worn upon the following awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal.

    May also be worn upon the following Unit Citations: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, and Army Superior Unit Award.
  25. Appurtenance - Service Stars

    History
    A five-pointed bronze star is worn on service ribbons to denote subsequent awards. A Silver Service Star is worn in lieu of five bronze stars.
    Prerequisites
    Service stars may be worn upon the following awards: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
  26. Appurtenance - Arrowhead

    History
    A bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4-inch tall. It denotes participation in a combat parachute jump or air assault insertion via helicopter during an official operation.
    Prerequisites
    May be worn upon the Operation Ribbon in which the Airborne or Air Assault mission was completed.
  27. Appurtenance - Clasps

    History
    Subsequent Awards of the Good Conduct Medal are represented by a clasp with knots placed on the medal or ribbon.
    Prerequisites
    Bronze clasps indicate the second (two loops) through fifth award (five loops); silver clasps indicate sixth (one loop) through tenth award (five loops); and gold clasps indicate eleventh (one loop) through the fifteenth award (5 loops). 
    Second, fifth, sixth, and tenth award are pictured.
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