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   Good Conduct Medal - Coast Guard
Service: Coast Guard
Instituted: 1921
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Good Conduct Medal - Coast Guard
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Description:
  1. Authorized by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, May 18, 1921.
  2. Awarded on a selective basis to enlisted Service members in the Regular U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve who have been recommended by their commanding officer or district superintendent for proficiency in rating, sobriety, obedience, industry, courage, and neatness throughout a specified period of Service.
  3. Bronze service stars are awarded and worn on the suspension and service ribbon of the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal for second or subsequent awards of the medal.


Background:
  1. Authorized on May 18, 1921, and awarded on a selective basis to enlisted personnel of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve for periods of three year's above-average continuous service. Recipients must have been recommended by their commanding officer for proficiency in rating, sobriety, obedience, industry, courage and neatness throughout the period of service. The original medal was about 20 percent larger than the present award, and had a top suspension bar with the words, "U.S. Coast Guard." Additional awards were indicated by a wide clasp with the name of the ship or station engraved upon it, but this has been replaced with a star for additional awards.