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The chart below reflects the correct order of precedence. Proper wear of devices (clusters, stars, etc.) is available at the bottom of the page.

For more information on awards and decorations, refer to Air Force Instruction 36-2803, Chapter 4.


(Hold your pointer over any ribbon for a few moments to access a pop-up label identifying the award.)

 

Medal Of Honor

Air Force Cross Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Medal Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross Airman's Medal Bronze Star Medal

Purple Heart Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal Aerial Achievement Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Air Force Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award Outstanding Unit Award

Organizational Excellence Award Prisoner of War Medal Combat Readiness Medal Air Force Good Conduct Medal Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Outstanding Airman of the Year

Air Force Recognition Ribbon American Defense Service Medal Women's Army Corps Service Ribbon American Campaign Medal Europe-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal Medal for Humane Action National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal Antarctica Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Services Medal Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Overseas Service Ribbon-Short Tour Overseas Service Ribbon-Long Tour Longevity Service Award Armed Forces Reserve Medal NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Small Arms Expert Air Force Training Ribbon Philippine Defense Ribbon Philippine Liberation Ribbon Philippine Independence Ribbon Foreign Decoration

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Korean Presidential Unit Citation  Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation United Nation's Service Medal (Korea) United Nation's Medal

NATO Medal Multi-National Force & Observers Medal Inter-American Defense Board Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)


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Click on the "V" device above to see what devices are worn with these ribbons.

Criteria for the wear of Vietnam Service Medals

 

Devices


"M" DEVICE, HOURGLASS & ARABIC NUMERALS

(Worn on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal)
-- The "M" device denotes member has performed active-duty service in support of a call-up or a designated contingency operation on or after Aug. 1, 1990.
-- The Arabic numerals are worn to denote participation in additional contingencies.
-- The Hourglass device denotes service longevity: bronze for 10 years; silver for 20; gold for 30; and bronze and gold for 40. 


BRONZE STAR
The bronze star represents participation in campaign or operations, multiple qualifications, or an additional award to any of the various ribbons on which authorized.


SILVER STAR

The silver star is worn in the same manner as the bronze star, but each silver star is worn in lieu of five bronze stars.


BRONZE & SILVER STARS
When worn together on a single ribbon, the silver star will be worn to the wearer's right of any bronze star or stars.


THE VALOR DEVICE

The "V" device represents valor and does not denote an additional award.  Only one may be worn on any ribbon.


BRONZE OAK LEAF CLUSTER

The bronze oak leaf cluster represents second and subsequent entitlements of awards.


SILVER OAK LEAF CLUSTER

The silver oak leaf cluster is worn for the sixth, 11th, etc., entitlements or in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters.


BRONZE & SILVER OAK LEAF CLUSTERS

Silver oak leaf clusters are worn to the wearer's right of the bronze oak leaf clusters on the same ribbon.


VALOR DEVICES
& CLUSTERS

The "V" device, when worn on the same ribbon with clusters, is worn to the wearer's right of such cluster.
 
Devices worn on these ribbons must be worn in a specific manner and are used to denote additional awards or participation in a specific event.
 

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