Service members are awarded the Army Service Ribbon upon successful completion of their initial-entry training.
Those personnel that completed their required training prior to 1 August 1981 may be retroactively awarded the Army Service Ribbon as long as they had an active Army status on or after 1 August 1981. Only one award of the Army Service Ribbon is authorized.
After successfully completing their basic/orientation or higher level course an officer will be awarded the Army Service Ribbon. Enlisted personnel are awarded the ribbon after successful completion of their initial MOS producing course. Those officers or enlisted service members that are assigned to a specialty, special skill identifier, or MOS based upon civilian or other service acquired skills are awarded the Army Service Ribbon after completion of four months of honorable, active service.