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MEDALS
California Service Medal
Description
This is the California National Guard Service Medal Ribbon (CASM). This award is given to personnel of the California National Guard who has served for 10 years of combined service.

Requirements
Basic awarded at completion of one AIT course.
Silver awarded at completion of four AIT courses.
Gold awarded at completion of eight AIT courses.

California Good Conduct Medal
Description
This is the California National Guard Good Conduct Medal Ribbon (CAGCM). It is awarded to each enlisted personnel while a member of the California National Guard, who demonstrates fidelity through faithfulness and performance of duty, efficiency through capacity to produce desired results, and whose behavior is such as to deserve emulation.

Requirements
Awarded to those who demonstrate kind and selfless behavior towards others through recommendation.

California Commendation Medal
Description
This is the California National Guard Commendation Medal Ribbon. It is awarded to any member of the California National Guard that he/she distinguishes themselves while serving in any capacity by meritorious service or achievement to the state of California or the United States.

Requirements
Bronze awarded at the completion of at least two specialty schools
Silver awarded at the completion of at least three specialty schools
Gold awarded at the completion of at least four specialty schools.

Order of California
Description
This is the California National Guard Order of California Medal Ribbon (CAOC). It is awarded to personnel of the California National Guard, who distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the state of California or the United States in a position of great responsibility. The performance of duty must have been such as to be within the parameters of a special requirement or of an extremely difficult duty performed in an outstanding manner.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have completed a specific, difficult task as designated by command as a commendation for their dedication and selflessness.

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Description
The MOVSM recognizes those members of the military (active duty, reserve and national guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have selflessly volunteered their time and expertise to assist the unit in a minor capacity.

Humanitarian Service Medal
Description
The Humanitarian Service Medal (HSM) is a military service medal of the United States Armed Forces which was created on January 19, 1977 by President Gerald Ford under Executive Order 11965. The medal may be awarded to any member of the United States military (including Reserve and National Guard members) who distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious participation in specified military acts or operations of a humanitarian nature.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have selflessly volunteered their time and expertise to assist the unit in a major capacity.

Armed Forces Service Medal
Description
The Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) is a military award of the United States military. The AFSM is a deployed service medal that is presented to those service members who engage in "significant activity" for which no other U.S. campaign or service medal is authorized.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have served in their nations armed forces.

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
Description
The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOT-SM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces which was created through Executive Order 13289 on 12 March 2003, by President George W. Bush. The medal recognizes those military service members who have supported operations to counter terrorism in the War on Terror from 11 September 2001, to a date yet to be determined.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have served in at least eight combat operations.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Description
The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-EM) is a United States Armed Forces award created by George W. Bush on 12 March 2003, through Executive Order 13289. The medal recognizes those military service members who have deployed overseas in direct service to the War on Terror from 11 September 2001 to a date to be determined. Prior to 30 April 2005, the medal was awarded for service within Iraq and Afghanistan, but has been replaced with the Iraq Campaign Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal and now serves primarily as recognition for personnel who have deployed in support of the War on Terror to locations beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. In a similar fashion the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is now issued instead for service in the fight against ISIS, with eligibility retroactive to 15 June 2014.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have served in at least fifteen combat operations.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Description
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces, which was first created in 1961 by Executive Order of President John Kennedy. The medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participated in U.S. military operations, U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations (UN), or U.S. operations of assistance for friendly foreign nations.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have been deployed for at least six full months of combat operations.

National Defense Service Medal
Description
The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) is a service medal of the United States Armed Forces established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The medal was first intended to be a "blanket campaign medal" awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a "national emergency" had been declared during a time of war or conflict.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have served in a respective DMOS for at least six months with approval from their staff section head.

Good Conduct Medal
Description
The criteria for a Good Conduct Medal are defined by Executive Orders 8809, 9323, and 10444. The Good Conduct Medal, each one specific to one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, is currently awarded to any active duty enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of "honorable and faithful service".

Requirements
Awarded to those who have achieved six full months time in service with no major punitive actions, and a recommendation from their immediate superior.

Prisoner of War Medal
Description
The Prisoner of War Medal may be awarded to any person who was a prisoner of war after April 5, 1917

Requirements
Awarded to any soldier who has been captured by an enemy combatant.

Army Achievement Medal
Description
The Achievement Medal is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The Achievement Medal was first proposed as a means to recognize the contributions of junior officers and enlisted personnel who were not eligible to receive the higher Commendation Medal or the Meritorious Service Medal.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service of the unit in a noncombative role, or has demonstrated proficient leadership in their position.

Army Commendation Medal
Description
The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military decoration which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the unit or extreme bravery in a combative situation. Able to be earned with/without valor.

Air Medal
Description
The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The medal was created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Requirements
Awarded to those assigned to a flight detachment who demonstrate an act of extreme bravery or heroism in a combat area. Able to be earned with/without valor.

Joint Service Commendation Medal
Description
The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military decoration which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. For valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy, but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Bronze Star Medal.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have attended any single joint operation between at least two units, with no poor conduct.

Meritorious Service Medal
Description
The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have achieved a full year time time in service with no major punitive actions, and at least three recommendations from their peers and one from their supervisor, as well as a Good Conduct Medal (GCM).

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Description
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) is an award bestowed upon members of the United States military by the United States Department of Defense. In the order of precedence of the United States Armed Forces.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the unit regarding the events of a joint servce operation through noncombative means.

Purple Heart
Description
The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have been wounded and require a medical evacuation from the field for extensive injuries. The soldier must survive.

Bronze Star Medal
Description
The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have demonstrated an act of extreme bravery and heroism in service of the unit, or performed a meritorious achievement to benefit the unit. Able to be earned with/without valor.

Soldier’s Medal
Description
The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, including Reserve Component soldiers not serving in a duty status at the time of the heroic act, distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving conflict with an enemy.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have proven themselves to be an exemplary soldier both in and out of the line of duty. Requires at least one award for valor and the Good Conduct Medal (GCM).

Distinguished Flying Cross
Description
The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight."

Requirements
Awarded to those assigned to a flight detachment who have demonstrated a series of acts of extreme bravery or heroism in a combat area. Able to be earned with/without valor.

Legion Of Merit
Description
The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have displayed heroic behavior and exceptional leadership to have a major effect within the field of battle and to directly have attributed to the unit's success.

Defense Superior Service Medal
Description
The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a senior American military decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility".

Requirements
Awarded to those who have proven themselves to be a distinguished soldier and leader time and again both in and out of the line of duty. Requires at least one award for valor, the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM).

Silver Star
Description
The Silver Star Medal, unofficially the Silver Star, is the United States Armed Forces's third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat. The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have demonstrated selfless and courageous acts in the field of battle, awarded only for a valorous act on the battlefield when no other award is enough to display the actions performed.

Distinguished Service Medal
Description
The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is a military award of the United States Army that is presented to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States military, has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional.

Requirements
Awarded to those who have selflessly and professionally served the unit over at least two years time in service with no major punitive actions. This award symbolizes extreme dedication to the unit, and requires the Humanitarian Service Medal (HSM), the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the Soldier's Medal, and the explicit approval of the commanding officer.

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Description
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is a United States military award which is presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to the national security or defense of the United States.

Requirements
Awarded only to officers who have displayed exemplary skills and dedication in service of the unit following a career of meritous service and responsibility.

Distinguished Service Cross
Description
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor.

Requirements
Not awarded.

Medal Of Honor
Description
The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Requirements
Not awarded.

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