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Awards and Commendations

Medals, ribbons, citations and badges issued and awarded by the 25th Infantry Division to soldiers for excellence.


National Defense Service Medal
History
Like our real-life defenders, the NDSM adorns the chest of warriors throughout our great sovereignty, and abroad. To obtain this ribbon here in the 25th, one must simply complete BCT, and enter under arms during a time of conflict(Vietnam).
Prerequisites
Graduation of BCT.
Army Good Conduct Medal
History
The AGCM(Army Good Conduct Medal) typically adorns individuals who possess no disciplinary infractions or transgression-to-standards for a period no less than one(1) month. This may be awarded by a Platoon-Grade Officer.
Prerequisites
1 Month without any disciplinary infractions
Humanitarian Service Medal, HSM
History
The Humanitarian Service Medal was established by President Ford per Executive Order 11965, dated 19 January 1977. The order provided for award for participation in a military operation of a humanitarian nature subsequent to 1 April 1975. The policy and award criteria for the Humanitarian Service Medal was established by Department of Defense Directive 1348.25, dated 23 June 1977. Proposed medals were submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for approval 18 April 1977 and the selected design was approved by OSD on 10 May 1977. The design by Mr. Jay Morris, The Institute of Heraldry, uses the outstretched hand with palm up as the international symbol for aid and assistance. On the reverse, the oak sprig is symbolic of strength imparted through a selfless mission to aid mankind. The color purple in the ribbon stands for self-sacrifice, white for regeneration and blue for universal friendship. In addition, the two shades of blue are the colors used in the flags of OSD.( It is also the only modern Medal 25thID is awarding. )
Prerequisites
The Humanitarian Service Medal shall be awarded to members of the 25th Infantry Division who distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in any significant online act or operation of a humanitarian nature approved by Command Staff. The medal is awarded for participation in areas of helping others with technical issues (such as web design, graphics, signatures and general computer problems) or morale support to fellow soldiers in times of need.
Army Achievement Medal
History
The Army Achievement Medal is granted to personnel for outstanding achievement or meritorious service not of a nature that merits the Commendation Medal.
Prerequisites
Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat situations based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher.
Joint Service Commendation Medal
History
This ribbon is reserved for individuals whose actions and/or effective performance during an official event becomes noted in a positive manner by supporting units, unit auxiliaries, and/or joint-forces.
Prerequisites
Individuals whose actions and/or effective performance during an official event becomes noted in a positive manner by supporting units, unit auxiliaries, and/or joint-forces.
Unit Service Medal
History
The USM(Unit Service Medal) is typically reserved for those whom display lengthy, contributing service for an extended duration of time. Unit Service Medals are given primarily in instances meriting high recognition for actions pertinent to the unit's future.
Prerequisites
Reserved for those whom display lengthy, contributing service for an extended duration of time.
Army Commendation Medal, ACM
History
In a summary sheet, 5 November 1945, WDGAP, Personnel Division recommended that an Army Commendation Ribbon of distinctive design be established to recognize meritorious service in an area at a time for which the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded. The recommendation was approved by the Secretary of War and the ribbon was established by War Department Circular 377, dated 18 December 1945. This circular authorized award to "members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in any capacity with the Army for meritorious service rendered since 7 December 1941, not in sustained operational activities against an enemy nor in direct support of such operation, i.e., in areas and at times when the Bronze Star Medal may not be awarded because of its operational character". Authority to award the Commendation Ribbon was delegated to Major Generals or commanders of any command, force or installation normally commanded by Major Generals.
Prerequisites
The Army Commendation Medal shall be awarded to soldiers for outstanding performance or achievement in a combat leadership role below that required for the Meritorious Service Medal. Can be awarded for achievement in action in a competitive match below that required for a Bronze Star. In case of a combat award, the V device shall be attached.
Bronze Star, BS
History
General George C. Marshall, in a memorandum to President Roosevelt dated February 3, 1944, wrote: "The fact that the ground troops, Infantry in particular, lead miserable lives of extreme discomfort and are the ones who must close in personal combat with the enemy, makes the maintenance of their morale of great importance. The award of the Air Medal have had an adverse reaction on the ground troops, particularly the Infantry Riflemen who are now suffering the heaviest losses, air or ground, in the Army, and enduring the greatest hardships." The Air Medal had been adopted two years earlier to raise airmens morale. President Roosevelt authorized the Bronze Star Medal by Executive Order 9419 dated 4 February 1944, retroactive to 7 December 1941. This authorization was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 3, dated 10 February 1944. The Executive Order was amended by President Kennedy, per Executive Order 11046 dated 24 August 1962, to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces. As a result of a study conducted in 1947, the policy was implemented that authorized the retroactive award of the Bronze Star Medal to soldiers who had received the Combat Infantryman Badge or the Combat Medical Badge during World War II. The basis for doing this was that the badges were awarded only to soldiers who had borne the hardships which resulted in General Marshalls support of the Bronze Star Medal. Both badges required a recommendation by the commander and a citation in orders.
Prerequisites
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded for meritorious achievement or meritorious service according to the following: *