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As do the other U.S. Military Services, the Army uses military awards and decorations (medals and ribbons) to foster mission accomplishment by recognizing excellence of military  members of the force and motivating them to high levels of performance and service.

A medal will not be awarded or presented to any individual whose entire service subsequent to the time of the distinguished act, achievement, or service has not been honorable. The determination of "honorable" will be based on such honest and faithful service according the standards of conduct, courage, and duty required by law and customs of the service of a member of the grade to whom the standard is applied.

Army awards and decorations are approved accordance to the guidance contained in Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.

Rules for the proper wear of Army awards and decorations can be found in Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms.

The below decorations are shown in order of precidence.

Click on the below decorations for a detailed description and basic award criteria:

MOH

MEDAL OF HONOR

DDC

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

DSM

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

SS

SILVER STAR

LOM

LEGION OF MERIT

DFC

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

SM

SOLDIER’S MEDAL

BSM

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

PH

PURPLE HEART

MSM

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

AM

AIR MEDAL

ACM

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL

AAM

ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

POW

PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL

AGCM

GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

ARCAM

RESERVE COMPONENTS ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

CWCM

CIVIL WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL

ICM

INDIAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL

SCM

SPANISH CAMPAIGN MEDAL

SWSM

SPANISH WAR SERVICE MEDAL

COM

CUBAN OCCUPATION MEDAL

PROM

PUERTO RICAN OCCUPATION MEDAL

PCM

PHILIPPINE CAMPAIGN MEDAL

PCOMM

PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL

COM

CHINA CAMPAIGN MEDAL

CPM

CUBAN PACIFICATION MEDAL

MEXSM

MEXICAN SERVICE MEDAL

MBSM

MEXICAN BORDER SERVICE MEDAL

WWIVM

WORLD WAR I VICTORY MEDAL

OOGWWI

OCCUPATION OF GERMANY
WW I

ADM

AMERICAN DEFENSE MEDAL

WACM

WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS MEDAL

AMCM

AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL

APCM

ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL

EAMEM

EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN MEDAL

WWIIVM

WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL

AOM

ARMY OF OCCUPATION MEDAL

MFHA

MEDAL FOR HUMANE ACTION

NDSM

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

KSM

KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL

ASM

ANTARCTICA SERVICE MEDAL

AFEM

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

VSM

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

SASM

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL

KCC
AFGHCM
IRAQCM
GWTEM
GWTSM
KDSM

AFSM

ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

HSM

HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL

MILOVSM

MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL

AFRM

ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL

NCOPDR

NCO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RIBBON

ASR

ARMY SERVICE RIBBON

OSR

OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON

RCOTR

RESERVE COMPONENTS OVERSEAS TRAINING RIBBON


CDGF

CROIX DE GUERRE FRANCE

CDGB

CROIX DE GUERRE BELGIUM
(VARIOUS DESIGNS)

UN PEACEKEEPING MEDALS

NM

NATO MEDAL
VGC

VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS
ROVCM

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL
KLMS

KUWAIT LIBERATION MEDAL (PRESENTED BY SAUDI ARABIA)


KLMSK

KUWAIT LIBERATION MEDAL (PRESENTED BY KUWAIT)
UNIT AWARDS
APUC

ARMY PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
JMUA

JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD
AVUA

ARMY VALORIOUS UNIT AWARD
AMUA

ARMY MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD
ASUA

ARMY SUPERIOR UNIT AWARD
PPUC

PHILLIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
ROKPUC

REPUBLIC OF KOREA PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
ROVPUC

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
VGCUC

VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS UNIT CITATION


VIETNAM CIVIL ACTIONS UNIT CITATION

 

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