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United States military award devices | Wikipedia audio article

United States military award devices | Wikipedia audio article


The United States Armed Forces authorizes
certain medal and ribbon devices that may be worn if authorized on a defined set of
United States military decorations and awards. The devices vary between ​3⁄16 inch to
​13⁄32 inch in size and are usually attached to suspension and service ribbons of medals
and to unit award ribbons. The devices are usually made of brass or metal
alloys that appear gold, silver, or bronze in color with either a dull or polished look. The devices may denote additional awards of
the same decoration or award, an award for valor or meritorious combat service, participation
in a particular campaign, periods of honorable service, specific events, and other special
meanings. These are sometimes referred to as award devices,
but are most commonly referred to in service regulations and Department of Defense instructions
simply as “devices” for awards and decorations. On January 7, 2016, the Secretary of Defense
approved two new devices for medals and ribbons: a “C” Device which will be affixed to multi-purpose
performance awards in recognition of meritorious service under combat conditions and, an “R”
Device which will be affixed to non-combat performance awards to specifically recognize
remote but direct impact on combat operations. The “R” device is to be a bronze letter “R”,
​1⁄4 inch in size. Both of the devices will be worn if authorized
for wear, on specific decorations. The services have a year to implement these
changes.The following is a list of U.S. military service devices for medals and ribbons:==Examples of service ribbons with devices
==The following are examples of various devices
affixed to different service ribbons


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