What is the purpose of the D.A. Military Awards Program?
The objective of the DA Military Awards Program is to provide tangible recognition for acts of valor, exceptional service or achievement, special skills or qualifications, and acts of heroism not involving actual combat.
What is an Award?
A decoration, medal, badge, ribbon, or appurtenance bestowed on an individual or a unit
What are the six groups that individual awards can be categorized into?
Good Conduct Medal
Badges and Tabs
Certificates and Letters
What is engraved on the reverse side of the Medal of Honor?
The grade, name, and organization of the awardee are engraved on the reverse of the Medal of Honor.
What is engraved on the reverse side of every Decoration or Good Conduct Medal other than the Medal of Honor?
The name of the awardee only
What is the order of precedence for the wearing of individual awards?
U.S. Military Decorations
U.S. Non-Military Decorations
Prisoner of War Medal
Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
U.S. Service Medals and Service Ribbons
U.S. Merchant Marine Decorations
Foreign Decorations (Does not include Service Medals and Ribbons)
Non-U.S. Service Medals and Ribbons
Name the ribbon awarded to members of the US Army for successful completion of the Basic and AIT?
The Army Service Ribbon
The "V" Device is authorized for wear on what decorations?
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
What three words are inscribed on the front of the Good Conduct Medal?
Honor, Efficiency, and Fidelity
Who are the final approving authorities for the AAM, ARCOM, MSM, LM and DSM?
AAM = Lieutenant Colonel and above
ARCOM = Colonel and above
MSM = Major General and above
LM = Lieutenant General and above
DSM = U.S. Army Chief of Staff
Who can make recommendations for an award?
Any person having knowledge of an outstanding act or achievement
To whom is the Purple Heart awarded?
To anyone, military or civilian, wounded or killed in action against an armed enemy
In the order of precedence, what are the U.S. Unit Awards authorized for wear on Army Uniforms?
Presidential Unit Citation (Army, Air Force).
Presidential Unit Citation (Navy).
Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Valorous Unit Award.
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army).
Navy Unit Commendation.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Coast Guard Unit Commendation.
Army Superior Unit Award.
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy).
Navy "E" Ribbon.
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation.
When can a unit award be worn?
When serving with a unit that received an award or if you were assigned to the unit when the award was assigned
Name three appurtenances.
Oak leaf clusters
Berlin Airlift Device
If the number of authorized oak leaf clusters exceeds four and will not fit on a single ribbon, what will happen?.
A second ribbon is authorized for wear. When the second ribbon is worn, it is place dafter the first ribbon; the second ribbon counts as one award. Personnel may wear no more than four oak leaf clusters on each ribbon. If the receipt of future awards reduces the number of oak leaf clusters sufficiently (that is, a silver oak leaf for five awards), personnel will remove the second ribbon and place the appropriate number of devices on a single ribbon.
Why is the Purple Heart different than all the other decorations?
While clearly an individual decoration, the Purple Heart differs from all other decorations in that an individual is not "recommended" for the decoration; rather he or she is entitled to it upon meeting specific criteria.
Combat Infantryman Badge Combat Action Badge Combat Medical Badge
What are the three U.S. Army Combat Badges?
Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)
Combat Action Badge (CAB)
Combat Medical Badge (CMB)
Who is eligible to be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)?
Personnel in the grade of Colonel or below with an infantry or special forces military occupational specialty who have satisfactorily performed duty while assigned as a member of an infantry/special forces unit, brigade or smaller size, during any period subsequent to 6 December 1941 when the unit was engaged in active ground combat. There is specific criteria for each conflict that must also be met.
What are the four specific eligibility requirements for the Combat Action Badge (CAB)?
May be awarded to any soldier.
Soldier must be performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized.
Soldier must be personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.
Soldier must not be assigned/attached to a unit that would qualify the soldier for the CIB/CMB.
May Soldiers may be awarded the CIB, CMB and CAB for the same qualifying period?
Yes, provided the criteria for each badge is met. However, subsequent awards of the same badge within the same qualifying period are not authorized.
Who is eligible to be awarded the Combat Medical Badge (CMB)?
The following medical personnel, assigned or attached by appropriate orders to an infantry unit of brigade, regimental, or smaller size, or to a medical unit of company or smaller size, organic to an infantry unit of brigade or smaller size, during any period the infantry unit is engaged in actual ground combat are eligible for award of the badge, provided they are personally present and under fire during such ground combat:
Subsequent to 6 December 1941 - Army Medical Department (Colonels and below), the Navy Medical Department (Captains and below), the Air Force Medical Service (Colonels and below), assigned or attached to the Army, who have satisfactorily performed medical duties.
Subsequent to 19 December 1989 - Special Forces personnel possessing military occupational specialty 18D (Special Operations Medical Sergeant) who satisfactorily performed medical duties while assigned or attached to a Special Forces unit during any period the unit is engaged in actual ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire. Retroactive awards are not authorized.
Subsequent to 16 January 1991 - Personnel outlined in (1) above, assigned or attached to Armor or ground Cavalry units of brigade or smaller size, who satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in actual ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire. Retroactive awards are not authorized.
Subsequent to 11 September 2001 - Personnel outlined in (1) and (3) above, assigned or attached to or under operational control of any ground Combat Arms units (not to include members assigned or attached to Aviation units) of brigade or smaller size, who satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in actual ground combat provided they are personally present and under fire. Retroactive awards are not authorized.
Awards will not be made to general or flag officers. Specific eligibility requirements by geographic area are listed in Army Regulation 600-8-22.