Service medal

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A service medal is an award to individuals who participated in designated wars, campaigns, or expeditions, or who have fulfilled specific service requirements in a creditable manner. Service medals are sometimes also Campaign medals.

Examples of service medals[edit]

United States[edit]

Two of the service medals currently issued by the United States Armed Forces are the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal is normally issued to anyone who was called to active service during specific time periods.[1] The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal is awarded to any active duty member of the United States military providing support for anti-terrorism operations for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days unless killed or wounded in the line of duty; the term "support" is interpreted very broadly.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Defense Service Medal". The Institute of Heraldry. Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Global War on Terrorism Service Medal". US Air Force Personnel Center. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  3. ^ "§ 578.32 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal". Code of Federal Regulations Title 32 - National Defense. US Government Printing Office. Retrieved 30 April 2012.