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U.S. Ribbon Bar Chart

This chart was produced to identify the ribbons worn by U.S. Military personnel. If anyone has questions or suggestions, please contact [email protected].

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Personal Decorations

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Navy Cross

Air Force Cross

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Homeland Security Distinguished Service

Army Distinguished Service Medal

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

Silver Star

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Flying Cross

Soldier's Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

Airman's Medal

Coast Guard Medal

Bronze Star

Purple Heart

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Coast Guard Commendation Medal

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 Ribbon

Navy & Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon

Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Obsolete Personal Decorations

Certificate of Merit Medal - Replaced by Distinguished Service Cross

Marine Corps Brevet Medal - Replaced by Distinguished Service Cross

Specially Meritorious Service Medal - Replaced by Distinguished Service Cross

Army Wound Ribbon - Replaced by Purple Heart

Unit Award Ribbons

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

Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Air Force Meritorious Unit Commendation

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

Army Superior Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation

Navy "E" Ribbon

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Coast Guard "E" Ribbon

Service Awards

Prisoner of War Medal

Combat Readiness Medal

Army Good Conduct Medal

Navy Good Conduct Medal

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Marine Good Conduct Medal

Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal

Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

Air Forces Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal

Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal

Navy Expeditionary Medal

Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Campaign and Service Medals

Occupation Medal

National Defense 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

Obsolete Campaign and Service Medals

Civil War Campaign Medal

Indian Campaign Medal

China Campaign Medal

China Relief Expedition Medal

Spanish Campaign Medal

West Indies Campaign Medal

West Indies Naval Campaign Medal

Battle of Manila Bay Medal

Spanish War Service Medal

Army of Cuban Occupation Medal

Army of Cuban Pacification Medal

Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal

Philippine Campaign Medal

Philippine Congressional Medal

Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - 1912

Dominican Campaign Medal

Haitian Campaign Medal - 1917

Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - 1933

Haitian Campaign Medal - 1921

Yangtze Service Medal

Mexican Service Medal

Mexican Border Service Medal

World War I Victory Medal

Army of Occupation of Germany Medal

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

Medal for Humane Action

Korean Service Medal

Service and Training Award Ribbons

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

Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon

Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon

Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon

Air Force Military Training Instructor Ribbon

Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon

Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon

Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon

Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon

Obsolete Service and Training Awards

Naval Reserve Medal

Fleet Marine Force Ribbon

Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon

Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon

Authorized Foreign Military Decorations

France Croix de guerre - WW1

Nicaraguan Medal of Military Merit

Nicaraguan Cross of Valor

Belgium Military Cross

Belgium Croix de Guerre

United Kingdom Distinguished Service Order

United Kingdom Distinguished Service Cross

United Kingdom Distinguished Flying Cross

France Croix de guerre - WW2

Philippine Defense Medal

Philippine Liberation Medal

Philippine Independence Medal

Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation

Kuwait Liberation Medal

Saudi Arabia - Kuwait Liberation Medal

Authorized International Military Decorations

United Nations Korea Service Medal

United Nations Medal

United Nations Mission Haiti Medal

United Nations Yugoslavia Medal

United Nations Operations Somalia Medal

NATO Meritorious Service Medal

NATO Kosovo Medal

NATO Operations Medal

NATO Afghanistan Medal

Marksmanship Awards

Air Force Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon

Navy Rifle Marksmanship Medal

Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Medal

Navy Pistol Marksmanship Medal

Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Medal

Devices Worn on Military Ribbons - The following are devices that are worn on either the ribbon bar or suspension ribbon of Military Decorations. A maximum of FOUR devices may be worn on any single ribbon.

The Bronze Oakleaf Cluster is worn for the 2nd and subsequent awards of the same medal (usually Army, Air Force, and Defense) to a maximum of four. The Silver Oakleaf Cluster is worn in lieu of 5 Bronze Oakleaf Clusters.

The Gold Star (5/16") is worn for the 2nd and subsequent awards of the same medal (usually Navy, USMC, and Coast Guard) to a maximum of four. The Silver Star (5/16") is worn in lieu of 5 Gold Stars.

The Bronze Service Star (3/16") is worn to indicate participation in campaigns or operations, or for an additional award of the same medal or ribbon. The Silver Service Star (3/16") is worn in lieu of 5 Bronze Service Stars.

The Bronze "V" device indicates an award for Valor. The Bronze Star or Army Commendation Medal can be awarded for Valor, service, or achievement. The "V" device does not denote a second award, but indicates the award was for combat heroism.

The Bronze Arrowhead is worn on the ribbons of campaign or service awards and indicates participation in an initial assault landing by sea or air. Only ONE may be worn on any single ribbon.

The Bronze "M" device is worn on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal to indicate reservists mobilized and called to active duty.

A Bronze Numeral Device can be worn on the AIR MEDAL and certain other awards for the number of air strikes/flights, with the Bronze Arrowhead for the number of assualts, or with the Bronze "M" for the number of Mobilizations.

The Fleet Marine Insignia is worn on certain Navy campaign and service ribbons to note participation by Naval personnel in combat actions with Marine Corps units.

The Silver "W" is worn on the Navy and Marine Corps' Expeditionary Medal to indicate participation in the defense of Wake Island.

The gold Berlin Airlift Device is worn on the appropriate Occupation Medal of the various services.

The Bronze "A" device on the American Defense Service Medal indicates participation with the Atlantic Fleet prior to World War II.

The Bronze "A" device on the Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon indicates tours of duty north of the Arctic Circle.

For each award of the Navy "E" Ribbon, one Battle "E" device is authorized for wear up to the third award. When a service member receives a fourth Navy "E" award, a Wreathed Battle "E" device replaces the first three devices and effectively "closes out" the award ribbon.

The Wintered Over device indicates wintering over on the Antarctic continent. Bronze = 1st winter, Gold = 2nd winter, Silver = 3rd winter.

The Silver "O" device is worn on certain Coast Guard commendation awards to recognize Operational Distinguishing Service.

The Gold Katrina device is worn on certain Coast Guard commendation awards to recognize service during and after Hurricane Katrina.

The Good Conduct Knot is worn on the ribbons of the Good Conduct Medals of the Army and Air Force to indicate subsequent awards. The number of knots and color indicate the number of awards: Bronze with 1 to 5 knots = 2st to 6th award, Silver with 1 to 5 knots = 7th to 11th award, Gold with 1 to 5 knots = 12th to 16th award.

The Hourglass is worn for each succeeding award of the RESERVE MEDAL for each branch of service. A BRONZE Hourglass indicates the 1st Award, SILVER the 2nd, and GOLD the 3rd.

Bronze/Silver "E" and "S" devices are worn on Marksmanship Ribbons of both Navy and Coast Guard personnel. "E" indicates a rating of "Expert", "S" indicates a rating of "Sharpshooter".