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   Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1950
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
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Devices
Description:
  1. Authorized under Executive Order number 13013, amending Executive Order 10163 b. May be awarded to members or former members of the Reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States who meet one or more of the following three criteria:
  • The member has completed a total of 10 years honorable and satisfactory military service in one or more Reserve components including annual active duty and inactive duty training provided: a. such ten years of service was performed within a period of twelve consecutive years, b. such service shall not include service in a Regular component of the Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, but any period of time during which Reserve service is interrupted by service in a Regular component of the Armed Forces shall be excluded in computing, and shall not be considered a break in the said period of twelve consecutive years, and c. such service shall not include service for which the Naval Reserve Medal or the Marine Corps Reserve Medal has been or maybe awarded.
  1. On or after August 1, 1990, the member was called to active duty and served under Sections 12301(a), 12302, 12304, 12406, title 10, U. S. C., or Chapter 15, or, in the case of the United States Coast Guard Reserve, Section 712, title 14, U.S.C. 3. On or after August 1, 1990, the member volunteered and served on active duty in support of specific U.S. military operations or contingencies designated by the Secretary of Defense, as defined in Section 1.o., title 10, U.S.C.
  2. Devices
  • Hour Glass
  1. Upon completion of the first 10 year-period award, a bronze hourglass shall be awarded.
  2. Upon completion of the second 10 year-period award, a silver hourglass shall be awarded.
  3. Upon completion of the third 10 year-period award, a gold hourglass shall be awarded.
  4. Upon completion of the fourth 10 year-period award, a gold hourglass followed by a bronze hourglass shall be awarded.
  • “M" device When a member qualifies for the “M’ Device, the bronze “M’ shall be awarded, positioned on the ribbon and medal, and a number shall be included on the ribbon and medal. d. Appropriate wear of the ribbon shall be as follows:
  1. If no “M’ device is authorized, the appropriate hourglass shall be positioned in the center of the ribbon.
  2. If no hourglass is authorized, the “M’ device shall be positioned in the center of the ribbon, followed by Arabic numerals indicating the number of times the device has been awarded (e.g., 2 to 99 - no number is worn for the first award).
  3. If both the hour glass and the “M’ device are awarded, the hourglass(s) shall be positioned in first position on the ribbon (at the wearer’s right), the “M’ device in middle position, and the number of times the “M” device has been awarded in the remaining position (at the wearer’s left).


Background:

This medal has five individual backs.