Unit citation

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A unit citation is a formal, honorary mention by high authority of a military unit's specific and outstanding performance, notably in battle.

Similar mentions can also be made for individual soldiers.

Alternatively or concurrently, the unit can be awarded an honorary title, a mention on the flag or a decoration.

In France, since 1916, the fourragère (an ornamental colored cord) is worn on the uniform by the members of a unit which had received several citations; this tradition has since spread to other countries.

Unit citations by country[edit]




The banner of the C-in-C Unit Commendation




South Korea[edit]

South Vietnam[edit]



United States[edit]

Military (In order of precedence)

Level Army Navy/Marines Air Force Coast Guard Individual
Commander-in-Chief Presidential Unit Citation Distinguished Service Cross (Army)
Navy Cross
Air Force Cross
Coast Guard Cross
Streamer PUC Army.PNG U.S. Navy Unit Commendation streamer.svg Streamer PUC Army.PNG CG PUC Streamer.JPG
Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Streamer JMUA.PNG
Defense Superior Service Medal
branch-specific awards Valorous Unit Award
Streamer VUA Army.PNG
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Unit Commendation streamer (USMC).svg
Gallant Unit Citation
GUC Streamer.JPG
Coast Guard Unit Commendation Silver Star (VUA, GUC)
Silver Star or Legion of Merit (NUC)
Meritorious Service Medal (CGUC)
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Streamer MUC Army.PNG
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy-Marine) Streamer.jpg
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
AF MUA Streamer.JPG
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Legion of Merit (MUC, AFMUA)
Bronze Star (NMUC)
CG Achievement Medal (CGMUC)
Superior Unit Award
Streamer SUC.png
none Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg
Meritorious Team Commendation Commandant's Letter of Commendation (MTC)
Efficiency awards None Navy E Ribbon Organizational Excellence Award
AFOEA Streamer.jpg
Coast Guard E Ribbon -

Other's (Alphabetical):

further, there are various unit awards of the National Guard and state defense forces

Sources and references[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré, 1951 (in French)