to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving at
anytime between 04Jul65 and 28Mar73 in the area defined
under the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam.
to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States in Thailand,
or Cambodia or the air space thereof, between 4 July 1965 and 28
March 1973 and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam.
qualified for the AFEM by reason of service between 1 July 1958
and 3 July 1965 (inclusive) in an area for which the Vietnam Service
Medal was subsequently
authorized shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon application,
such member may be awarded the Vietnam Service Medal in lieu
AFEM for such service. However, no person shall be entitled to
for service in an area for which the Vietnam Service Medal
has been authorized.
1. Shore Duty. Attached
to or regularly serving for 1 or more days with an organization participating
in or directly supporting military operations.
2. Sea Duty. Attached
to or regularly serving
for 1 or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting
3. Air Duty. Actual
participation as a crew member in 1 or more aerial
flights directly supporting military operations.
Temporary Duty. Service for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive
that the time limit
may be waived for personnel participating in actual
combat operations. NOTE. Only personnel who were attached to ships/units
and who actually
participated in the given operation, are eligible
for the Vietnam Service Medal. This includes personnel attached to
or unit embarked
in a ship during the period for which that ship is
listed as eligible. Members of rear echelons, transients, observers,
for short periods or TAD and training duty are normally
not eligible for the award; however, consideration will be given
in those instances where
the local commander certifies a particular and significant
contribution by an individual. Such certification should be submitted
to CNO/CMC via
the fleet commander who exercised operational control
in the area involved.
Ships and Units. Ships and units present
in the area merely
for training purposes are not eligi ble for
the award. Squadrons or units embarked in a ship
for which that ship is listed as eligible
are automatically eligible for the medal.
Limitation of Medals. The medal shall be awarded
only for operations
for which no other U.S.
medal is approved. No person may be issued both
the Vietnam Service Medal and the Armed Forces
for service in Vietnam
431.16b(8) concerning election), and no person
shall be entitled to more than one award of the