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Name
 
Ribbon
 
ERB Code
Ribbon Devices
   
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1
Medal of Honor
   
MH
None
   
  Line
2
Distinguished Servce Cross
   
DSC
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
3
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
   
DDSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
4
Distinguished Service Medal
   
DSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
5
Silver Star
   
SS
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
6
Defense Superior Service Medal
   
DSSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
7
Legion of Merit
   
LM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
8
Distinguished Flying Cross
  Distinguished Flying Cross  
DFC
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
9
Soldier's Medal
   
SM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
10
Bronze Star Medal
  Bronze Star Medal  
BSM
Valor Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
11
Purple Heart
  Purple Heart  
PH
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
12
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal  
DMSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
13
Meritorious Service Medal
   
MSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
14
Air Medal
  Air Medal  
AM
ValorOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
15
Joint Service Commendation Medal
   
JSCM
ValorOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
16
Army Commendation Medal
   
ARCOM
ValorOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
17
Joint Service Achievement Medal
   
JSAM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
18
Army Achievement Medal
   
AAM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
19
Prisoner of War Medal
   
POWMD
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
20
Army Good Conduct Medal
   
AGCM
   
  Line
21
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
   
ARCAM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
22
Army of Occupation Medal
   
AOM
None
   
  Line
23
National Defense Service Medal
   
NDSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
24
Korean Service Medal
   
KSM
   
  Line
25
Antarctica Service Medal
   
ASM
   
  Line
26
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
   
AFEM
   
  Line
27
Vietnam Service Medal
   
VSM
   
  Line
28
Southwest Asia Service Medal
   
SWASM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
29
Kosovo Campaign Medal
   
KCM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
30
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
   
ACM
Oak Leaf ClusterOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
31
Iraq Campaign Medal
   
ICM
Oak Leaf ClusterOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
32
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
   
GWOTE
Oak Leaf ClusterOak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
33
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
   
GWOTS
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
34
Korean Defense Service Medal
   
KDSM
None
   
  Line
35
Armed Forces Service Medal
   
AFSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
36
Humanitarian Service Medal
   
HSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
37
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
   
MOVSM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
38
Armed Forces Reserve
   
AFRM
   
  Line
39
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
   
NOPDR
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
40
Army Service Ribbon
   
ASR
None
   
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41
Overseas Service Ribbon
   
OSR
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
42
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
   
ARCOT
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
43
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
   
???
   
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44
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal, 1st Class
   
???
   
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45
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal, 1st Class w/Palm
   
???
   
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46
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal, 2nd Class
   
???
   
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47
United Nations Service Medal
   
UNSM
   
  Line
48
Inter-American Defense Board Medal and Ribbon
   
IADB-MDL
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
49
United Nations Medal ***
   
UNM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
50
NATO Medal
   
???
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
51
NATO (Kosovo)
   
???
   
  Line
52
Multinational Force and Observers Medal
   
MFOM
Oak Leaf Cluster
   
  Line
53
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
   
VNCM
   
  Line
54
Kuwait Liberation Medal ( Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
   
SAKULIBM
   
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55
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
   
KUKULIBM
None
   
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56
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
   
???
   
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Ribbon_Devices

     
    *Army Regulation 600–8–22 Effective 8 July 2007

This publication is a rapid action revision (RAR). This RAR is effective 20 September 2011. The portions affected by t h i s R A R a r e l i s t e d i n t h e s u m m a r y o f change.
     
Name
Item
Ribbons Device Definition
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Oak Leaf Cluster
6–3 par

A bronze or silver twig of four oak leaves with three acorns on the stem, 13/32-inch long for the suspension ribbon, and 5/16-inch long for the service ribbon bar and the unit award emblem is issued to denote award of second and succeeding awards of decorations (other than the Air Medal), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and unit awards. A silver Oak Leaf Cluster is worn instead of five bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. If the number of authorized Oak Leaf Clusters exceeds four, a second ribbon is authorized for wear. When wearing the second ribbon, place it after the first ribbon; the second ribbon counts as one award. Wear no more than four Oak Leaf Clusters on each ribbon. If the receipt of future awards reduces the number of Oak Leaf Clusters sufficiently (that is, a silver oak leaf cluster for five awards), remove the second ribbon and place the appropriate number of devices on a single ribbon. Oak Leaf Clusters are not issued for the Legion of Merit awarded in degrees to foreign nationals. Five-sixteenths inch Oak Leaf Clusters joined together in series of 2, 3, and 4 clusters are authorized for optional purchase and wear on service ribbons, and unit award emblems.
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Numberal
6–4 par

Arabic numerals 3/16 inch in height are issued instead of a medal or ribbon for second and succeeding awards of the Air Medal, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon. The ribbon denotes the first award and numerals starting with the numeral 2 denote the number of additional awards. The numeral worn on the NCO Professional Development Ribbon will denote the highest completed level of NCO development. (See para 5–6.) The numerals are to be centered on the suspension ribbon of the medal or the ribbon bar.
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"V" (Valor)
6–5 par

The "V" device is a bronze block letter, V, 1/4-inch high with serifs at the top of the numbers. It is worn to denote participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy. It was originally worn only on the suspension and service ribbons of the Bronze Star Medal to denote an award made for heroism (valor). Effective 29 February 1964, the "V" device was also authorized for wear on the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for heroic acts or valorous deeds not warranting awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross or the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device. Effective 25 June 1963, the "V" device was authorized additionally for wear on the Joint Service Commendation Medal when the award is for acts of valor (heroism) during participation in combat operations. In the case of multiple "V" devices for the same award, only one "V" device is worn on the service ribbons.
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"M" (Mobilization)
6–6 par

The “M” Device is a bronze letter, M, 1/4-inch high with serifs at the bottom of the numbers. It is authorized for wear on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal by members of the reserve components who are called or who volunteer and serve on active duty in support of specific U.S. Military operations or contingencies designated by the Secretary of Defense, as defined in Section 101(a) (13) of Title 10, USC. AGR members who receive orders changing their current duty status (legal authority under which they perform duty), their duty location, or assignment to support a contingency operation are also eligible for award of the “M” Device. (See para 5–7.)
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Clasp
6–7 par

Clasps are authorized for wear on the Good Conduct Medal, World War I Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and Antarctica Service Medal. All clasps, except the Good Conduct Medal clasp, are worn only on the suspension ribbon of the medal. The clasp is described as follows:

a. The Good Conduct Medal clasp is a bar 1/8-inch by 1 3/8 inches, of bronze, silver or gold, with loops indicative of each period of service. Paragraph 4–9 describes the clasps authorized for second and subsequent awards of the Good Conduct Medal.

b. The World War I Victory Medal battle clasps is a bronze bar 1/8-inch by 1 1/2 inches with the name of the campaign or the words "Defensive Sector," and with a star at each end of the inscription. The campaigns are as follows:
(1) Cambrai.
(2) Somme, Defensive.
(3) Lys.
(4) Aisne.
(5) Montdidier-Noyon.
(6) Champagne-Marne.
(7) Aisne-Marne.
(8) Somme, Offensive.
(9) Oise-Aisne.
(10) Ypres-Lys.
(11) St. Mihiel.
(12) Meuse-Argonne.
(13) Vittorio-Veneto.
(14) Defensive Sector.

c. The World War I Victory Medal service clasp is a bronze bar 1/8-inch by 1 1/2 inches with the name of the country which the service was performed inscribed thereon. The service clasps authorized are as follows:
(1) England.
(2) France.
(3) Italy.
(4) Russia.
(5) Siberia.

d. The American Defense Service Medal clasp is a bronze bar 1/8-inch by 1 1/2 inches with the words "Foreign Service" and with a star at each end of the inscription.

e. The Army of Occupation Medal clasp is a bronze bar 1/8-inch by 1 1/2 inches with the word "Germany" or "Japan” inscribed thereon, to denote occupation duty rendered in Europe and/or the Far East.

f. The Antarctica Service Medal is a clasp bearing the words "Wintered Over" for wear on the suspension ribbon of the medal awarded in bronze for the first winter, in gold for the second winter, and in silver for the third winter.
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Service Star
6–8 par

a. Service stars are worn on campaign and service medals to denote participation in a named campaign (for example, Southwest Asia Service Medal) and on the service ribbons to denote an additional award (for example the National Defense Service Medal). The service star is a bronze or silver five-pointed star 3/16-inch in diameter. A silver star is worn instead of five bronze service stars. The bronze service star is also affixed to the Parachutist Badge to denote participation in a combat parachutist jump, retroactive to 7 December 1941 and the Military Free-Fall Parachutist Badge to denote participation in a combat military free-fall jump, retroactive to 1 October 1994. See paragraph 8–10 for criteria for award of the Combat Parachutist Badge and paragraph 8–15 for the Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, combat jump. See AR 670–1 for proper wear of the service stars.

b. Service stars are authorized for wear on the following campaign and service medals and or ribbons:
(1) World War I Victory Medal.
(2) American Defense Service Medal.
(3) American Campaign Medal.
(4) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
(5) European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
(6) Korean Service Medal.
(7) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
(8) Vietnam Service Medal.
(9) National Defense Service Medal.
(10) Humanitarian Service Medal.
(11) Prisoner of War Medal.
(12) Southwest Asia Service Medal.
(13) Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
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ArrowHead
6–9 par

The arrowhead is a bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4-inch high. It denotes participation in a combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, combat glider landing, or amphibious assault landing, while assigned or attached as a member of an organized force carrying out an assigned tactical mission. A Soldier must actually exit the aircraft or watercraft, as appropriate, to receive assault credit. Individual assault credit is tied directly to the combat assault credit decision (see para 7–25) for the unit to which the Soldier is attached or assigned at the time of the assault. Should a unit be denied assault credit, no assault credit will accrue to the individual Soldiers of that unit. It is worn on the service and suspension ribbons of the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Only one arrowhead will be worn on any ribbon.
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Ten-Year Device (Hourglass)
6–10 par

The Ten-year device is authorized for wear on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal to denote each 10-year period as follows:

a. A bronze hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the first 10-year period award.
b. A silver hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the second 10-year period award, denoting 20 years of Reserve service.

c. A gold hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the third 10-year period award, denoting 30 years of Reserve service. d. A gold hourglass, followed by a bronze hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the fourth 10-year period award, denoting 40 years of Reserve service.
     
     



 
United_Nations_Medals

 
Soldiers may wear one of the ribbons below in lieu of the United Nations Medal above.
Only ONE United Nations medal may be worn.
 
                 
 
Name
 
Ribbon
 
ERB Code
Ribbon Devices
   
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1
United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
   
UNMOGIP
   
  Line
2
United Nations Protection Force in Yugoslavia
   
UNPROFOR
   
  Line
3
United Nations Security Forces, Hollandia
   
UNSFH
   
  Line
4
United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
   
MINURSO
   
  Line
5
United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia
   
UNTAC
   
  Line
6
United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Mission
   
(UNIKOM
   
  Line
7
United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia
   
UNAMIC
   
  Line
8
United Nations Mission in Haiti
   
UNMIH
   
  Line
9
United Nations Operations in Somalia
   
UNOSOM