USCG Awards In Order of Precedence

USCG Awards In Order of Precedence

 Medals and decorations are suspended from a holding bar and are arranged from the center of the body towards the left shoulder (left to right, top to bottom) in order of precedence. The following is only a guideline since each branch has their own order of precedence.

 

1. U.S. military personal decorations
2. U.S. military unit awards
3. U.S. non-military personal decorations
4. U.S. non-military unit awards
5. U.S. military campaign awards
6. U.S. military service and training awards
7. U.S. Merchant Marine awards and non-military service awards
8. Foreign military personal decorations
9. Foreign military unit awards
10. Non-U.S. service awards (e.g., United Nations, NATO)
11. Foreign military service awards
12. Marksmanship awards (Navy and Coast Guard)
13. State awards of the National Guard (Army & Air Force)
 

 

  • Medal of Honor

    Medal of Honor

    awarded by the President in the name of Congress to members of the naval service who conspicuously distinguish themselves by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Navy Cross Medal

    Navy Cross Medal

    awarded to any person who, while serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself in action by extraordinary heroism not justifying an award of the Medal of Honor.

  • Defense Distinguished Service 

Medal

    Defense Distinguished Service Medal

    awarded to high ranking military officers (Generals or Admirals), who perform exceptionally meritorious service in a degree of great responsibility with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Special or outstanding command in a Defense Agency or for any other Joint Activities designated by the Secretary of Defense.

  • DOT Distinguished Service Medal

    DOT Distinguished Service Medal

    awarded to any member of the Coast Guard who provided exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility while assigned in the Department of Transportation.

  • Coast Guard 

Distinguished Service Ribbon

    Coast Guard Distinguished Service Ribbon

    awarded to any member of the U.S. Coast Guard who distinguishes themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Government in a duty of great responsibility.

  • Silver Star Medal

    Silver Star Medal

    awarded by all branches of the Armed Forces to any person who, while serving in any capacity, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the US while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly forces against an opposing Armed Force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party.

  • DOT Secretarys 

Award For Outstanding Achievement

    DOT Secretarys Award For Outstanding Achievement

    awarded by the United States Secretary of Transportation for outstanding achievement or meritorious service not of a nature that would otherwise warrant awarding the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal.

  • Defense Superior Service Medal

    Defense Superior Service Medal

    awarded by the Secretary of Defense to military officers who perform exceptionally with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, special or outstanding command in a defense agency or any other joint activity designated by the Secretary.

  • Legion of Merit Medal

    Legion of Merit Medal

    degrees of Chief Commander, Commander, Officer, and Legionnaire are awarded only to members of armed forces of foreign nations under the criteria outlined in Army Regulation 672-7.

  • Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

    Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

    awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the US, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The performance of the act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Distinguished Warfare Medal

    Distinguished Warfare Medal

    awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves, on or after September 11, 2001, by extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, directly impacting, through any domain, combat operations or other military operations.

  • Coast Guard Medal

    Coast Guard Medal

    awarded for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

  • Bronze Star Medal

    Bronze Star Medal

    awarded a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the US on or after December 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.

  • Purple Heart Medal

    Purple Heart Medal

    awarded in the name of the President of the US to any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the US Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed.

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    awarded to military personnel serving with or assigned to a number of joint activities including The Secretary of Defense, Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Headquarters of Joint Commands.

  • Meritorious Service Medal

    Meritorious Service Medal

    awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the US who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the US subsequent to 16 Jan 1969.

  • Air Medal

    Air Medal

    awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, shall have distinguished himself/herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service.

  • Silver Lifesaving Medal

    Silver Lifesaving Medal

    awarded to any member of the U.S. military, or to a U.S. civilian, who rescues, or endeavors to rescue, any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other peril of water.

  • 18 DOT 

Secretarys Award For Meritorious Achievement

    DOT Secretary's Award For Meritorious Achievement

    awarded by the United States Secretary of Transportation for displaying exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service not of a nature that would otherwise warrant awarding the Department of Transportation Secretary\&\#8217;s Award For Outstanding Achievement Ribbon.

  • Joint Service Commendation 

Medal

    Joint Service Commendation Medal

    member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes himself by meritorious achievement or service while serving in any specified activity after January 1, 1965, is eligible for this award.

  • Coast Guard Achievement Ribbon

    Coast Guard Achievement Ribbon

    may be awarded to all members of the Coast Guard, including reserves and members of other branches of the Armed Forces, when serving with Coast Guard units, for outstanding leadership, professional achievement and superior performance of duty in either peacetime or combat situations.

  • 21 Commandant's Letter 

of Commendation Ribbon

    Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon

    awarded to any member of the Coast Guard who receives a Letter of Commendation from the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

  • Combat Action Ribbon

    Combat Action Ribbon

    awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when the Coast Guard or units thereof operate under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain/colonel and junior thereto, who have actively participated in ground or surface combat.

  • Coast Guard 

Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    may be awarded either the Navy or Coast Guard version of the Presidential Unit Citation, depending on which service the Coast Guard was supporting when the citation action was performed.

  • Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon

    awarded in the name of the President of the United States to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and co-belligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.

  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award

    Joint Meritorious Unit Award

    awarded to Joint Activities of the Armed Forces of the US which have subsequent to January 23, 1979 distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious achievement or service in pursuit of joint military missions of great significance.

  • Secretary of 

Transportation Outstanding Unit Ribbon

    Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Ribbon

    presented to those Coast Guard units which perform outstanding service to the Coast Guard as a whole.

  • Coast Guard Unit 

Commendation Ribbon

    Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon

    presented to members of any Coast Guard unit which distinguishes itself by valorous or extremely meritorious service, not involving combat, but in support of Coast Guard operations.

  • Coast Guard 

Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

    Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon

    awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during the period of military operations against an armed enemy occurring on or after 1 January 1944.

  • Meritorious Team 

Commendation Ribbon

    Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon

    awarded to lower echelon Coast Guard commands who perform exceptional actions which would normally warrant a Commandant's Letter of Commendation.

  • Coast Guard Excellence Ribbon

    Coast Guard Excellence Ribbon

    unit award which is presented to the officers and crew of any Coast Guard cutter which earns the Operational Excellence Award during annual refresher training.

  • Bicentennial Unit 

Commendation Ribbon

    Bicentennial Unit Commendation Ribbon

    awarded to all active, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian personnel of the Coast Guard for service between the dates of June 4, 1989 and August 4, 1990.

  • Prisoner of War Medal

    Prisoner of War Medal

    medal is issued only to those U.S. military personnel who were taken prisoner and held captive after 5 April 1917.

  • Coast Guard Good Conduct Ribbon

    Coast Guard Good Conduct Ribbon

    awarded to any enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of honorable and faithful service.

  • Coast Guard Reserve Good 

Conduct Ribbon

    Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Ribbon

    must be an active enlisted member of the Reserve or National Guard and must have performed three to four years of satisfactory duty (to include drill and annual training) with such service being free of disciplinary action.

  • Navy Expeditionary Medal

    Navy Expeditionary Medal

    awarded to the officers and enlisted men of the Navy and Marine Corps who shall have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances which, after full consideration, shall be deemed to merit special recognition and for which service no campaign medal has been awarded.

  • China Service Medal

    China Service Medal

    awarded to members who served ashore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in China between July 7, 1937, and Sept 7, 1939, or served ashore in China or were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of operations in China between Sept 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957.

  • The American Defense Service 

Medal

    The American Defense Service Medal

    awarded to personnel for active duty service from 8 September 1939 to 7 December 1941 for a period of twelve months or longer.

  • American Campaign Medal

    American Campaign Medal

    awarded to personnel for service within the American Theater 7 Dec 1941 - 2 March 1946 under particular conditions.

  • European-African-

Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

    awarded to personnel service in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater 7 Dec 1941 - 8 Nov 1945, under the same conditions described under those for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Same applies, Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead device.

  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

    was awarded to personnel for service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater 7 December 1941 - 2 March 1946 under particular conditions.

  • World War II Victory Medal

    World War II Victory Medal

    awarded for any service period 7 Dec 41 - 31 Dec 46.

  • US Antartica Expedition Medal

    US Antartica Expedition Medal

    recognizes those United States citizens who participated in polar exploration on Antartica between 1939 and 1945; Obsolete.

  • Army of Occupation Medal

    Army of Occupation Medal

    awarded for thirty consecutive days at a normal post of duty on assignment to the armies of occupation.

  • Medal for Humane Action

    Medal for Humane Action

    medal commemorates military service in direct support of the Berlin Airlift. It was awarded to members of the Armed Forces for 120 consecutive days of service in, or in direct support of, the Berlin airlift, 26 June 1948 - 30 Sep 1949.

  • National Defense Service Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    (Korean War), 27 June 1950 - 27 July 1954, (Vietnam War) 1 January 1961 - 14 August 1974, (Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM) 2 August 1990 - 30 November 1995, and currently (Global War on Terrorism )11 September 2001 to (DTBD).

  • Korean Service Medal

    Korean Service Medal

    United States Armed Forces for service in Korea, 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.

  • Antarctica Service Medal

    Antarctica Service Medal

    Military, U.S. citizen, or resident alien of the United States, who after Jan. 1, 1946 to (DTBD), served on the Antarctic continent or in support of U.S. operations there.

  • Navy Arctic Service Ribbon

    Navy Arctic Service Ribbon

    awarded to officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps or civilian citizens, national or resident aliens of the U.S. for 28-days, consecutive or non-consecutive, above the Arctic Circle after 1 January 1982.

  • Armed Forces Expeditionary 

Medal

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

    U.S. military operations, after July 1, 1958, have participated in a United States military operations and encountered foreign armed opposition, or were in danger of hostile action by foreign Armed Forces.

  • Vietnam Service Medal

    Vietnam Service Medal

    service members of the Armed Forces who between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973.

  • Southwest Asia Service Medal

    Southwest Asia Service Medal

    served in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD or DESERT STORM between 2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995.

  • Kosovo Campaign Medal

    Kosovo Campaign Medal

    direct support of Kosovo Air Campaign (24 March 1999 - 10 June 1999) and Kosovo Defense Campaign (11 June 99 - Date to be Determined).

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

    Afghanistan Campaign Medal

    awarded to members of the US uniformed services who serve or have served in Afghanistan or contiguous air space, as defined by such regulations, on or after 24 October 2001 to a date to be determined as prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

  • Iraq Campaign Medal

    Iraq Campaign Medal

    awarded to US Service members who directly supported Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

  • 55 Global War on 

Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

    awarded to Active Duty, ANG, and AFRes personnel as recognition for their service in the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Global War on Terrorism 

Service Medal

    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

    award to US Air Force Active Duty, ANG, and AFRes personnel as recognition for their service in the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Korean Defense Service Medal

    Korean Defense Service Medal

    USAF Active Duty, ANG, AFRes personnel for military service in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and surrounding waters after 28 Jul 1954 to a Date to Be Determined by the Secretary of Defense.

  • Armed Forces Service Medal

    Armed Forces Service Medal

    awarded to personnel assigned to operations in an area designated by the (DOD).

  • Humanitarian Service Medal

    Humanitarian Service Medal

    distinguished themselves by meritorious direct participation (hands on) in a significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature, or have rendered a service to mankind.

  • Armed Forces Reserve 

Medal

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    is issued to any officer or enlisted member or former member of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces of the United States who completes or has completed a total of 10 years of honorable satisfactory service.

  • Special Operations Service 

Ribbon

    Special Operations Service Ribbon

    authorized for certain acts of non-combat meritorious service, performed in the service of the U.S. Coast Guard, for which no other service medal or ribbon is authorized.

  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

    Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

    For Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska) homeported ships/deploying units or Fleet Marine Force (FMF) commands, 12-months accumulated sea duty or duty with FMF which includes at least one 90- consecutive day deployment.

  • Restricted Duty Ribbon

    Restricted Duty Ribbon

    recognizes those Coast Guard personnel who have completed an unaccompanied duty tour in which dependents were not eligible.

  • Coast Guard Honor Graduate 

Ribbon

    Coast Guard Honor Graduate Ribbon

    recognizes top recruits who graduate at the top of their training classes upon completion of basic training.

  • Coast Guard Recruiting 

Service Ribbon

    Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon

    presented to any member of the Coast Guard who completes a standard two year tour as a Coast Guard Recruiter.

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    is issued to any officer or enlisted member or former member of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces of the United States who completes or has completed a total of 10 years of honorable satisfactory service.

  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry 

Cross

    Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

    with Palm Unit Citation , U.S. Armed Forces for valorous combat achievement during the Vietnam War, 1 Mar 61 to 28 Mar 73.

  • Philippine Presidential 

Unit Citation

    Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

    is awarded to certain units of the United States military for actions both during and subsequent to the Second World War.

  • Republic of Korea 

Korean War Service Medal

    Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal

    military veterans must have served in the country of Korea, its territorial waters, or airspace within the inclusive period of 25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953.

  • Vietnam Presidential Unit 

Citation

    Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation

    was awarded to certain units of the U.S. military deemed to have performed exceptional service to Vietnam; Obsolete.

  • RVN Civil Actions Ribbon

    RVN Civil Actions Ribbon

    Awarded to any U.S. service member performing outstanding civic service to the South Vietnamese state or who participated in civil service actions of significant benefit.

  • Philippine Defense Ribbon

    Philippine Defense Ribbon

    served from 8 Dec 41 to 15 Jun 42.

  • Philippine Liberation Ribbon

    Philippine Liberation Ribbon

    served from 17 Oct 44 to 3 Sep 45.

  • Philippine Independence Ribbon

    Philippine Independence Ribbon

    is awarded to personnel who are recipients of both the Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation ribbons.

  • United Nations Service Medal

    United Nations Service Medal

    awarded to officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States who participated in the action in Korea between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.

  • United Nations Medal

    United Nations Medal

    is awarded to service members who are or have been in UN service.

  • NATO Medal

    NATO Medal

    Former Republic of Yugoslavia , from 1 July 1992 - 12 October 1998.

  • NATO Medal for Kosovo

    NATO Medal for Kosovo

    In accordance with Executive Order 11446, 16 January 1969, the Secretary of Defense has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. Serive members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO effective 13 October 1998 -(DTBD).

  • Multinational Force 

Observer Medal

    Multinational Force Observer Medal

    awarded to personnel who have served with the MFO at least ninety (90) cumulative days after 3 August 1981. Effective 15 March 1985, personnel must serve 6 months (170 days minimum) with the MFO to qualify for the award.

  • Inter-American Defense 

Board Medal

    Inter-American Defense Board Medal

    awarded to any military officer, serving in a member nation of the Organization of American States, who completes a tour of service with the Inter-American Defense Board.

  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign 

Medal

    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

    Served for 6 months in South Vietnam 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; and who served a minimum of 60 calendar days in Vietnam during 29 Jan 73 to 28 Mar 73.

  • Kuwait Liberation 

Medal

    Kuwait Liberation Medal

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, served in support of Operation DESERT STORM between 17 January 1991 and 28 February 1991.

  • Kuwait Liberation 

Medal

    Kuwait Liberation Medal

    Government of Kuwait, served in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1993.

  • Republic of Korea 

Korean War Service Medal

    Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal

    military veterans must have served in the country of Korea, its territorial waters, or airspace within the inclusive period of 25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953.

  • Coast Guard Rifle 

Marksmanship Ribbon

    Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon

    issued to service members who pass a weapons qualification course and achieve an above-average score.

  • Coast Guard Pistol 

Marksmanship Ribbon

    Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon

    issued to service members who pass a weapons qualification course and achieve an above-average score.

02/17/13 Added Distinguished Warfare Medal.

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