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   Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
Service: Coast Guard
Instituted:
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
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Description:
  1. Authorized by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, May 20, 1976.
  2. Awarded to Service members of the U.S. Coast Guard who, subsequent to January 1, 1946, have served aboard U.S. Coast Guard ships or aircraft for a specified period in the Polar regions of the Arctic Circle, or participated in U.S. Coast Guard Arctic programs, as determined by the Commandant.
  3. For all deployments after January 1, 1989, a bronze service star is authorized to be worn on the suspension ribbon and ribbon bar to denote each subsequent period of eligibility. A silver service star denotes a sixth award.


Background:
  1. Authorized by the Coast Guard on May 20, 1976, this is awarded to members of the U.S. Coast Guard who have served aboard U.S. Coast Guard ships or aircraft in operations, or support of an operation, in excess of 21 consecutive days in regions of the Arctic circle.