Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Wear of multiple neck ribbons, broad sashes, and stars

a. An individual awarded more than one decoration that includes a broad ribbon, sash, or star, will wear only one broad ribbon or sash, and no more than four stars at one time. The Presidential Medal of Freedom broad ribbon with badge and star has precedence over all other broad ribbons, sashes, or stars. Stars are worn above the waistline on the side, as described by the awarding country (see figs 29–11 and 29–12). Stars…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Order of Precedence within Categories of Medals

The following lists indicate the order of precedence within each category, when two or more medals from each category are worn at the same time.a. U.S. military decorations. A decoration is an award given to an individual as a distinctively designed mark of honor denoting heroism, or meritorious or outstanding service or achievement. U.S. military decorations authorized for wear on Army uniforms are listed below in order of precedence. (1) Medal of Honor (Army, Navy,…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Wear of full-size U.S. and foreign decorations and service medals

a. Where worn. All personnel may wear full-size decorations and service medals on the Army blue and white uniforms. When the Army green dress uniform is worn to social functions, enlisted personnel may wear full-size decorations and service medals on the coat of the green dress uniform. b. How worn. Personnel wear all full-size decorations, except the Medal of Honor (see para c, below) in the order of precedence from the wearer’s right to left,…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Wear of service ribbons and lapel buttons

a. Ribbons. (1) Where worn. Personnel may wear ribbons representing decorations, service medals, service ribbons, and training ribbons on the following uniforms. (a) Male personnel. On the coats of the Army green, blue, and white uniforms, and on the AG shade 415 shirt. (b) Female personnel. On the coats of the Army green, blue, and white uniforms, the maternity tunic, and the AG shade 415 shirt. (2) How worn. (a) General. Ribbons are worn in…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Order of precedence by category of medal

The following list indicates the order of precedence by category when medals from two or more categories are worn at the same time. a. U.S. military decorations. b. U.S. unit awards. c. U.S. non-military decorations. d. U.S. service (campaign) medals, and service and training ribbons. e. U.S. Merchant Marine awards. f. U.S. non-military unit awards. g. Foreign military decorations. h. Foreign unit awards. i. Non-U.S. service awards. j. State awards for ARNG soldiers.

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

When wear of awards is prohibited.

The wear of awards is prohibited in the following circumstances. a. On any uniform other than those authorized in this regulation. (See section 704, title 18, United States Code (18 USC 704) for the penalty for unauthorized wear of the uniform.) b. When serving a sentence of confinement. c. When wearing civilian clothing, except for civilian awards, lapel buttons, or rosettes intended for wear with civilian clothing. Soldiers may wear miniature medals on formal civilian…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

Authorization

a. Commanders may require the wear of awards on the following occasions. (1) Parades, reviews, inspections, and funerals. (2) Ceremonial and social occasions. b. Awards are worn at the option of the wearer when not prohibited during normal duty hours. Personnel also may wear awards on appropriate uniforms when off duty (see para 29–4, below). Personnel are encouraged to wear authorized awards on the service, dress, and mess uniforms. c. Soldiers may wear awards on…

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Wear of Decorations, Service Medals, Badges, Unit Awards, and Appurtenances

General

This chapter covers the decorations, medals, badges, unit awards and appurtenances, both U.S. and foreign, authorized for wear on Army uniforms. The term “awards” is an all-inclusive term covering any decoration, medal, badge, ribbon, or appurtenance bestowed on an individual or unit. The term “awards” is used throughout this chapter. The term “ribbon” is an all-inclusive term covering that portion of the suspension ribbon of a service medal or decoration that is worn instead of…

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