The Armed Forces Service Medal

The Armed Forces Service Medal is a Bronze medallion 1 three/8 inches in diameter. Displayed on the front is a demi-torch, such as that of the Statue of Liberty bordered at the top with the phrases "Armed Forces Service Medal." Shown on the reverse aspect is an eagle, consisting of is on the seal of the Department of Defense, between a wreath of laurel at the lowest and the phrases "In Pursuit of Democracy" on the pinnacle.

Ribbon

The Armed Forces Service Medal‘s ribbon is 1 3/eight inches wide and has eleven stripes: The first stripe is 1/16 inch of goldenlight, observed by 1/eight inch of jungle inexperienced, 1/eight inch of inexperienced, 1/eight inch of mosstone, 1/8 inch of goldenlight and a center stripe of one/four inch of bluebird. The following stripes are 1/eight inch of goldenlight, 1/eight inch of mosstone, 1/8 inch of green, 1/8 inch of jungle green, and 1/16 inch of goldenlight.

Criteria

The Armed Forces Service Medal is provided to employees for movements wherein no foreign armed competition or imminent hazard of adversarial motion changed into encountered, in operations in a place determined through the Department of Defense (DOF).

A member of the Armed Services to be awarded the medal ought to have served as a member of a unit participating for one or more days within the operation with the particular area of eligibility. Other employees to be provided the medal need to had been engaged in direct assist for 30 consecutive days inside the location of eligibility (or for the total period while an operation is much less than 30 days length) or for 60 nonconsecutive days provided this guide involves coming into the place of eligibility or have participated as a often assigned crew member of an aircraft flying into, out of, inside, or over the place of eligibility in help of the operation.

The following U.S. navy operations are accredited for award of the AFSM by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCF):

(1) In operations regarding the former Republic of Yugoslavia from 1 June 1992 to a destiny date. This location includes navy forces deployed in operations Provide Promise, Joint Endeavor, Able Sentry, Deny Flight, Maritime Monitor, Sharp Guard and Joint Guard in the overall land and airspace of the previous Republic of Yugoslavia, the united states of america of Italy (which includes Sicily); and the waters and airspace above that part of the Adriatic Sea that lies north of forty stages North latitude;
(2) In operations: United Nations Missions in Haiti (UNMIH); US Forces Haiti (USFORHAITI) and US Support Group-Haiti (USSPTGP-Haiti) from 1 April 1995 to a date to be decided. This place includes the full land location, sea and air space defined by way of the subsequent coordinates: sixteen-30N/71-40W; 18-00N/seventy one-45W; alongside the Haitian/Dominican Republic Border to 20-00N/seventy one-44W; 21-00N/71W; 21-25N/73-00W; 21-25N/seventy four-00W; 20-00N/74-00W; 19-45N/75-00W; 19-00N/76-00W; sixteen-30N/76-00W; to sixteen-30N/seventy one-40W.`

Background

It was requested via the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy) (OASD-RMP) on March 2, 1995, that The Institute of Heraldry design a medal and ribbon design for an Armed Forces Service Medal. This medal became intended to be presented to military employees who had taken part in navy operations of sizeable numbers that had no overseas armed opposition or impending hazard of adverse movement, in operations in an area to be decided by means of the Department of Defense. The medal turned into proposed to fulfill a void inside the standards between the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. The Armed Forces Service Medal become set up by Executive Order 12985 signed with the aid of President William J. Clinton on January 11, 1996.

Symbolism

The torch, taken from the Statue of Liberty, stands for the concepts of democracy and for management and guidance. The eagle, taken from the seal of the Department of Defense, is an indication of the high diploma of the award and what it stands for. Laurel represents for honor and achievement.