How Army Medals are Worn and Displayed

How Army Medals are Worn and Displayed

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Wear of Army Service Ribbons

Army Ribbons may be worn on the Army green, blue and white uniform coats. The ribbons are worn in one or more rows in order of precedence with either no space or 1/8 inch between rows, no more than four ribbons to a row. The top row is centered or aligned to left edge of the row underneath, whichever looks the best. Unit awards are centered above the right breast pocket with a maximum of three per row.

Wear of Full Size Decorations & Service Medals

Decorations and service medals may be worn on the Army blue or white uniform after retreat and by enlisted personnel on the dress green uniform for social functions. The medals are mounted in order of precedence, in rows with not more than four medals in a row. The top row cannot have more medals than the one below. Rows are separated by 1/8 inch. Medals may not overlap (as Navy and Marines do), so normally there are only three to a row due to the size of the coat. Service and training ribbons are not worn with full size medals.

Wear of Miniature Decorations & Service Medals

Miniature medals are scaled down replicas of full size medals. Only miniature medals are authorized for wear on the mess and evening uniform jackets and with the blue and white uniform after retreat on formal occasions. Miniature medals are mounted on bars with the order of precedence from the wearer’s right to left. The medals are mounted side by side if there are four or less. They may be overlapped up to 50% when five, six or seven are in a row. Overlapping is equal for all medals with the right one fully displayed. When two or more rows are worn, the bottom pendants must be fully visible.

For information on uniform wear policy, consult Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. Uniform policy website and Point-of-Contact information is located at

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  1. Martin Piech at 8:46 pm
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    I would like to know what the placement is for the bottom row of full sized medals on the Army Service Uniform when wearing multiple rows of medals. AR 670-1 is not specific about this.

  2. William R. Anderson Jr. at 12:30 am
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    What Regulation(s) Covers and Shows ” ALL” Army/DOD Ribbons and Medals; to include the date established for certain periods of times. I Retired from the Army after 21 Years in 1997; and the DOD after 13.5 Years in 2011. I know that I’m Authorized to Wear a few more Army and DOD Ribbons and Medals after I Retired; but how do I get My DD214 Updated to Reflect this and which ones; now that I am a Plain Civilian again. Thank you for your time in answering my Questions.

    • Ron Kidder at 10:10 am
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      Mr. Anderson, Everything you need to know about a DD214 is in this web-Site: Welcome Veterans and Their Families to the DD214 Website!!

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