The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is a bronze medallion 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Shown on the front of the medal is an eagle with its wings addorsed and upturned perched upon a sword loosed from its scabbard overlaid on a radiant compass rose with eight points. The words “ARMED FORCES" is above and "EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE" is below the eagle. The words are separated by sprays of laurel on each side. The Shield of the United States Coat of Arms is on the reverse of the medal above two branches of laurel separated by a bullet. On the upper half of the medal are the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", and two sprigs of laurel separated by a bullet at the bottom.