to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguished
themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement
or service to the United States subsequent to 16 January 1969.
Normally, the acts or services rendered must be comparable to
that required for the Legion of Merit but in a duty of lesser
though considerable responsibility.
a.The National Defense Service Medal was awarded for honorable
active service for any period between 27 June 1950 and 27
July 1954, between 1 January 1961 and 14 August 1974, and between
2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995. For the purpose of the award,
the following persons will not be considered as performing active
Guard and Reserve forces personnel on short tours of duty
to fulfill training obligations under an inactive duty training
(2) Any person on active duty for the sole purpose of undergoing
a physical examination.
(3) Any person on temporary active duty to serve on boards,
courts, commissions and like organizations or on active duty
for purposes other than extended active duty.
The National Defense Service Medal may be awarded to members
of the Reserve Components who are ordered to Federal active
duty, regardless of duration, except for the categories listed
above. Any member of the Guard or Reserve who, after 31 December
1960, becomes eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal or the Southwest Asia Service
Medal is also eligible for the National Defense Service Medal.
Forces Expeditionary Medal
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be awarded to members
of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 1 July
1958 participate as members of U.S. military units in a U.S.
military operation in which service members of any Military
Department participate, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff (JCS), in significant numbers and encounter during
such participation foreign armed opposition, or are otherwise
place in such a position that in the opinion of the JCS, hostile
action by foreign armed forces was imminent even though it
does not materialize.
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal may be authorized for
three categories of operations: U.S. military operations;
U.S. military operations in direct support of the United Nations;
and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations.
The medal shall be awarded only for operations for which no
other U.S. campaign medal is approved.
Forces Reserve Medal
Criteria: Award under one of the following conditions:
a. Awarded for honorable and satisfactory service as a member
of one or more of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces
of the United States for a period of 10 years within a 12-year
period. Upon completion of the fourth 10-year period, a gold
hourglass followed by a bronze hourglass shall be awarded.
Awarded for mobilization on or after 1 August 1990, to members
called to active duty and served under Title 10, United States
Code (USC) (Defense Department) or Title 14 USC (Coast Guard)
or the member volunteered and served on active duty in support
of US Military operations or contingencies designated by the
Secretary of Defense. The "M" device is worn to indicate mobilization.
Subsequent mobilizations are denoted by the wear of a number
to indicate the number of times mobilized. No hourglass is worn
unless authorized under the above paragraph.
Korean Service Medal was awarded for service between 27 June 1950
and 27 July 1954 under and of the following conditions:
Within the territorial limits of Korea in waters immediately
adjacent thereto: or
With a unit under the operational control of the Commander-in-Chief,
Far East, other than those units within the territorial limits
of Korea, which has been designated by the Commander-in-Chief,
Far East, as having directly supported the military efforts
in Korea; Or
c. Was furnished an individual certificate by the Commander-in-Chief,
Far East, testifying to material contribution made in direct
support of the military efforts in Korea.
of Korea Unit Citation:
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is awarded by
the Korean government. Not more than one Republic of Korea Presidential
Unit Citation will be worn by any individual and no oak leaf cluster
or other appurtenance is authorized.
Nations Service Medal/ United Nations Medal:
to 13 October 1995, all US Military personnel wore the blue and
white United Nations Ribbon (UNTSO) regardless of the ribbon awarded.
On 13 October 1995, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Personnel
and Readiness) approved a change to the wear policy of the United
Nations Medal. Effective on that date, personnel who are awarded
the United Nations Medal may wear the first medal and ribbon for
which they qualify. Subsequent awards of the United Nations Medal
for service in a different mission will be denoted by a bronze
service star. Not more than one ribbon may be worn at any time.
of Korea - Korean War Serivce Medal
Air Force News - Jun 2000
The medal was originally offered to United Nations forces serving
in Korea and adjacent waters by the Republic of Korea in 1951.
At the time, U.S. law prohibited the military from wearing medals
issued by foreign governments; however, Congress changed that
in 1954. By then though, most U.S. servicemembers eligible for
the medal had returned home.
Served between the outbreak of hostilities, June 25, 1950,
and the date the armistice was signed, July 27, 1953;
Been on permanent assignment or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive
days or 60 non-consecutive days, and
Performed their duty within the territorial limits of Korea,
in the waters immediately adjacent thereto or in aerial flight
over Korea participating in actual combat operations or in support
of combat operations.
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