Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Service: All Services
Dates 2001 to TBA
Afghanistan Campaign Medal Criteria: Active service in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, the liberation of Afghanistan.
Devices: Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device, Army: Bronze Arrowhead, Bronze Star
Presidential Executive Order 13363 established the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
Service members authorized the Afghanistan Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom on or after Oct. 24, 2001, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of the operation. The area of eligibility encompasses all land areas of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land.
Service members must have been assigned, attached or mobilized to units operating in these areas of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
a. Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility; or
b. While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility; or
c. While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of the military operations; each day of operations counts as one day of eligibility.
Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reasons of service between Oct. 24, 2001, and April 30, 2005, in an area for which the Afghanistan Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized and between March 19, 2003, and Feb. 28, 2005, in an area for which the Iraq Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized, shall remain qualified for the medal.
Upon application, any such service member may be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service. No service member shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.
The awarding authority for the Afghanistan campaign medals shall be prescribed by the member’s respective military service regulations. The medal may be awarded posthumously.
Only one award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal may be authorized for any individual. A bronze service star is worn on the suspension and campaign ribbon for one or more days of participation in each designated campaign phase. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal shall be positioned below the Kosovo Campaign Medal and above the Iraq Campaign Medal.
On the front of the medal, above a range of mountains is a map of Afghanistan in the center with the inscription, “AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN” around the top. On the reverse side on top is a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head. Inscribed across the bottom half of the reverse side are the three lines, “FOR SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN” all enclosed by a laurel wreath symbolizing victory.
Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) by reasons of service between 24 October 2001 and 30 April 2005, in Afghanistan, shall remain qualified for the medal. Any such soldier may be awarded the ACM in lieu of the GWOTEM for such service. Additionally, any such soldier authorized the arrowhead device may be awarded the ACM with arrowhead device in lieu of the GWOTEM with arrowhead device. No soldier shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.
No service stars are authorized.
Authorized to be awarded to soldiers who deploy to Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on or after 24 October 2001 to a date to be determined or the cessation of OEF. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land.
The designated Afghanistan Campaign Medal campaigns are:
• Liberation of Afghanistan: 11 September 2001 – 30 November 2001
• Consolidation I: 1 December 2001 – 30 September 2006
• Consolidation II: 1 October 2006 – Date to be determined