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The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
was first proposed as a means to recognize the contributions of junior officers[citation needed] and enlisted personnel who were not eligible to receive the higher Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal
or the Meritorious Service Medal. Each military service issues its own version of the Achievement Medal, with a fifth version authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense for joint military activity. The Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
is awarded for outstanding achievement or meritorious service not of a nature that would otherwise warrant awarding the Commendation Medal. Award authority rests with local commanders, granting a broad discretion of when and for what action the Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
may be awarded.[citation needed]

Contents

1 History

1.1 U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps

1.1.1 Chain of Command approval

1.2 U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force 1.3 Joint Service Achievement Medal

2 Ribbon devices

2.1 Former ribbon devices

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps[edit] The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
(NAM), is the United States Navy and U.S. Marine Corps' version of the Achievement Medal. The U.S. Navy was the first branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to award such a medal, doing so in 1961, when it was dubbed the “Secretary of the Navy Commendation for Achievement Medal”. This title was shortened in 1967 to simply, the "Navy Achievement Medal". On 19 August 1994, to recognize those of the United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
who had received the Navy Achievement Medal, the name of the decoration was officially changed to the "Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal". The award is referred to in shorthand speech as a "NAM". Chain of Command approval[edit] From its inception in the early 1960s to 2002, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
could not be approved by the commanding officers of ships, submarines, aviation squadron, or shore activities who held the rank of Commander (O-5). Awards for crewmembers had to be submitted to the Commodore or Air Wing Commander or the first appropriate O-6 in the chain of command for approval, who then signed the award and returned it. This led to a dramatically lower awarding rate when compared to similar size units in the Army or Air Force awarding their own achievement medals, especially considering that those services did not establish their respective achievement medals until the 1980s. Since 2002 the commanding officers of aviation squadrons and ships have had the authority to award NAMs without submission to higher authority.[1] For the Army, battalion commanders (or the first O-5 in a soldier's chain of command) is the approving authority for the Army Achievement Medal. U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force[edit] The United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
created its own Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
in 1967; the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
issued their own versions of the award with the Army Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
in 1981[2] and Air Force Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
in 1980.[3] Effective 11 September 2001, the Army Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
may be awarded in a combat area.[4] Since this change over sixty thousand Army Achievement Medals have been awarded in theaters of operations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.[5] Joint Service Achievement Medal[edit] The Joint Service Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
was created in 1983.[6][7] This award was considered a Department of Defense decoration senior to the service department Achievement Medals. Ribbon devices[edit] The following devices may be authorized to be worn on the following achievement medals suspension ribbon and service ribbon:

All Achievement Medals, "C" device, after January 2016[8] Army Achievement Medal, for additional awards - oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal, for additional awards - oak leaf clusters Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, for additional awards - 5/16 inch stars Coast Guard Achievement Medal, for additional awards - 5/16 inch stars Joint Service Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
(all service branches), for additional awards - oak leaf clusters Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
- Operational Distinguishing Device
Operational Distinguishing Device
("O" device)[3] Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
- Combat Distinguishing Device (Combat "V")

Former ribbon devices[edit] The following ribbon devices were authorized in the past but have now been discontinued:[9]

Air Force Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
- "V" Device, until December 2016[9][10] Army Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
- "V" Device, until December 2016[10] Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Achievement Medal
- Combat Distinguishing Device (Combat "V"), until December 2016[9][10]

See also[edit]

Military of the United States portal

Awards and decorations of the United States government Awards and decorations of the United States military Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard

References[edit]

^ SECNAVINST 1650.1H - NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL (PDF) (Report). United States Navy. August 22, 2006. p. 13. Retrieved 10 October 2016.  ^ "Error". pentagon.mil.  ^ a b "Factsheets : Air Force Achievement Medal". af.mil.  ^ "Army Achievement Medal". edocket.access.gpo.gov.  ^ Awards and Decorations Statistics by Conflict, Operation or Incident Archived August 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Error". pentagon.mil.  ^ "Factsheets : Joint Service Achievement Medal". af.mil.  ^ deGrandpre, Andrew; Panzino, Charlsy (30 March 2017). "12 military awards now eligible for new 'C' and 'R' devices, and 2 no longer rate a 'V'". Military Times. Virginia. Retrieved 17 March 2018.  Dickstein, Corey (31 March 2017). "Pentagon implements 'C' and 'R' awards devices, removes 'V' from 2 awards". Stars and Stripes. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 17 March 2018.  ^ a b c "Pentagon implements 'C' and 'R' awards devices, removes 'V' from 2 awards".  ^ a b c Levine, Peter (21 December 2016). "Section 3: Award Requirements and Restrictions" (PDF). DoD Instruction 1348.33: DoD Military Decorations and Awards Program. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. p. 13. Retrieved 27 April 2017. Includes Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal. 

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