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Awards and decorations of the United States Military are military decorations which recognize service and personal accomplishments while a member of the United States armed forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career.

Order of precedence

While each service has its own order of precedence, the following general rules apply to all services:

  1. U.S. military personal decorations
  2. U.S. military unit awards
  3. U.S. non-military personal decorations (After unit awards in order of receipt; if from the same agency, the applicable agency precedence listing should be consulted)
  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)


  • Unit awards are worn on the right side in the U.S. Army.


Active United States medals and ribbons

By order of precedence

Ribbon/Award Name
Personal decorations
  Medal of Honor

Awarded for "Gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty"
Service Cross medals.
Awarded for "Extraordinary heroism"
  Army Distinguished Service Cross

  Navy Cross

  Air Force Cross
Distinguished Service medals
  Defense Distinguished Service Medal

  Army Distinguished Service Medal

  Navy Distinguished Service Medal

  Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

  Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal

  Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
  Silver Star Awarded for "Gallantry in action"
  Defense Superior Service Medal
  Legion of Merit
  Distinguished Flying Cross
Medals for heroism
  Soldier's Medal

  Navy and Marine Corps Medal

  Airman's Medal

  Coast Guard Medal
  Gold Lifesaving Medal
  Bronze Star Medal
  Purple Heart
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  Meritorious Service Medal
  Air Medal
  Silver Lifesaving Medal

  Aerial Achievement Medal
Commendation medals
  Joint Service Commendation Medal

  Army Commendation Medal

  Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal

  Air Force Commendation Medal

  Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Achievement medals
  Joint Service Achievement Medal

  Army Achievement Medal

  Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

  Air Force Achievement Medal

  Coast Guard Achievement Medal
  Commandant's Letter of Commendation
  Combat Action Ribbon

  Air Force Combat Action Medal
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation


  Army & Air Force Presidential Unit Citation

  Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation

  Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award

  Army Valorous Unit Award

  Navy Unit Commendation

  Air Force Gallant Unit Citation

  Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
  Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

  Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

  Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

  Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
  Army Superior Unit Award

  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

  Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
Efficiency Award
  Navy "E" Ribbon

  Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

  Coast Guard "E" Ribbon
  Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Service awards
  Prisoner of War Medal
  Combat Readiness Medal
Good Conduct medals
  Army Good Conduct Medal

  Navy Good Conduct Medal

  Air Force Good Conduct Medal



  Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

  Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
Ribbon/Award Name
Service awards (cont.)
Reserve good conduct medals
  Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal

  Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

  Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

  Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

  Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal
Expeditionary medals


  Navy Expeditionary Medal

  Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
  Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
  Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Campaign medals
  National Defense Service Medal
  Korean Service Medal
  Antarctica Service Medal
  Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  Vietnam Service Medal
  Southwest Asia Service Medal
  Kosovo Campaign Medal
  Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  Iraq Campaign Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Armed Forces Service Medal
  Humanitarian Service Medal
  Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  Air and Space Campaign Medal
Service and training awards
  Army Sea Duty Ribbon

  Army Overseas Service Ribbon

  Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon
  Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

  Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon

  Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon
  Navy Arctic Service Ribbon

  Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon
  Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon

  Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon

  Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon
  Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon

  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  Air Force Longevity Service Award
Recruiting service ribbon


  Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon

  Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

  Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

  Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon
Training service ribbon


  Air Force Military Training Instructor Ribbon

  Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon

  Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Guard ribbon


  Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon

  Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon
  Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Professional Development Ribbon


  Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon

  Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
  Army Service Ribbon

  Air Force Honor Graduate Ribbon

  Coast Guard Honor Graduate Ribbon
  USAF Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  Air Force Training Ribbon
Marksmanship awards
Rifle


  Navy Expert Rifleman Medal

  Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal

  Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon

  Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Pistol


  Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

  Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal

  Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon

  Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon


By military department



To denote additional achievements or multiple awards of the same decoration, the United States military maintains a number of award devices which are pinned to service ribbons and medals.

National Guard and State Defense Forces decorations



Unofficial and obsolete decorations

Obsolete decorations

Main articles: Obsolete military awards of the United States and United States service medals of the World Wars
Ribbon/Award Name
Personal decorations
  Certificate of Merit Medal
  Marine Corps Brevet Medal
  Army Wound Ribbon
  Specially Meritorious Service Medal
Unit awards
  Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
  Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
19th and early 20th century Campaign Medals
  Civil War Campaign Medal
  Indian Campaign Medal
  China Campaign Medal
  China Relief Expedition Medal
Spanish-American War campaign and occupation medals
  Spanish Campaign Medal
  West Indies Campaign Medal
  West Indies Naval Campaign Medal (Sampson Medal)
  Battle of Manila Bay Medalmarker (Dewey Medal)
  Spanish War Service Medal
  Army of Cuban Occupation Medal
  Army of Cuban Pacification Medal
  Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal
Philippine-American War campaign medals
  Philippine Campaign Medal
  Philippine Congressional Medal
Navy & Marine Corps expedition medals (1920s and 1930s)
  Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
  Dominican Campaign Medal
  Haitian Campaign Medal (1917)
  Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
  Haitian Campaign Medal (1921)
  Yangtze Service Medal
Ribbon/Award Name
World War I and Pre-WWI service medals
  Mexican Service Medal
  Mexican Border Service Medal
  World War I Victory Medal
  Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
World War II and Pre-WWII service medals
  China Service Medal
  American Defense Service Medal
  Women's Army Corps Service Medal
  American Campaign Medal
  European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
  World War II Victory Medal
Post World War II occupation and Service medals
  Army of Occupation Medal
  Navy Occupation Service Medal
  Medal for Humane Action
Service and Training awards
  Naval Reserve Medal
  Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
  Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon
  Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon
Marksmanship


  Distinguished Marksman and Pistol Shot Ribbon

  Distinguished Marksman Ribbon

  Distinguished Pistol Shot Ribbon


Unofficial decorations



Foreign and international decorations



Devices



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