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   Armed Forces Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1996
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Armed Forces Service Medal
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  1. Authorized by E.O. 12985
  2. May be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after June 1, 1992: 
  • Participate, or have participated, as members of United States military units, in a United States military operation that is deemed to be a significant activity; and
  • Encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent threat of hostile action.
  1. May be authorized for significant United States military which no other United States campaign or service medal is appropriate, such as: activities for
  • Peacekeeping operations.
  • Prolonged humanitarian operations.
  1. May be awarded for United States military operations in direct support of the United Nations (UN) or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and for operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations.
  2. No more than one medal shall be awarded to any one Service member. Second and subsequent awards will be denoted by 3/16-inch bronze service stars. A 3/16-inch silver star will be worn instead of 5 bronze stars.