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Obverse: Shows a North American bald eagle, perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription "National Defense". Reverse: Shows a shield, taken from the coat of arms of the United States; it is half encircled below with an open wreath, the right side of oak leaves and laurel leaves the left. Ribbon: The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by narrow stripes of red, white, blue, white and wide red stripes.

Clasps Service star
Service star
for subsequent awards

Statistics

Established Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953 (as amended by E.O. 11265, January 11, 1966; E.O. 12776, October 8, 1991; E.O. 13293, March 28, 2003.

First awarded April 22, 1953 – July 27, 1954 (retroactive to June 27, 1950)

Last awarded March 28, 2003 – present (retroactive to September 11, 2001)

Precedence

Next (higher) Army: Army of Occupation Medal Air Force: Medal for Humane Action[2] Navy: Navy Occupation Service Medal Marine Corps: Navy Occupation Service Medal Coast Guard: Navy Occupation Service Medal

Next (lower) Korean Service Medal

Related Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal

Service ribbon
Service ribbon
and Campaign streamer

The National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(NDSM) is a service medal of the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The medal was first intended to be a "blanket campaign medal" awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a "national emergency" had been declared during a time of war or conflict. It may also be issued to active military members for any other period that the Secretary of Defense designates. Currently, the National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
is the oldest service medal in use by the United States Armed Forces. The oldest continuously issued combat medal is the Medal of Honor.

Contents

1 Eligible periods 2 Award criteria 3 Additional awards 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Eligible periods[edit] The National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
is authorized for the following wars and time periods:[3]

War From To

Korean War June 27, 1950 July 27, 1954

Vietnam Conflict January 1, 1961 August 14, 1974

Gulf War August 2, 1990 November 30, 1995

War on Terrorism September 11, 2001 Present

Award criteria[edit] The National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(NDSM) is awarded to anyone who serves on active duty in the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
during the above time periods.[4] Reserve Component service during the Korean and Vietnam periods, other than those Reserve Component personnel in a full-time status or on active duty greater than 89 days, did not qualify for award of the NDSM. For service in the Persian Gulf War, members of the Reserve Component (in good standing), to include the National Guard, were initially awarded the NDSM when called to active duty service, but this was later expanded to include all members of the Reserve or National Guard in good standing on the Reserve Active Status List (or equivalent) during the eligibility period.[5] For service in the Global War on Terrorism, Selected Reserve and National Guard members need only to have been in good standing to receive the NDSM and no active duty service is required.[6] Inactive Ready Reserve and Retired Reserve are not eligible to be awarded the NDSM unless called to active duty. The medal is authorized to cadets and midshipmen at the military service academies after they are sworn into service, as well as pre-commission officer candidates/trainees at the Officer Candidate Schools or Officer Training Schools of the various U.S. Armed Forces; but is not granted to discharged or retired military personnel who did not serve in one of the above time periods; nor is it authorized for Reserve Officer Training Corps
Reserve Officer Training Corps
cadets and midshipmen at colleges and universities who enlisted in the inactive reserve (i.e., Obligated Reserve Section or ORS) during qualifying periods. The NDSM ranks eleventh out of twenty-nine in the order of precedence of service medals. There is no time requirement for the medal's issuance, meaning that someone who joins the United States Armed Forces for simply a few days, and then receives an entry level discharge, would technically be entitled to the NDSM; in practice, however, military clerks will not add the NDSM on a DD Form 214 if the service member performed duty for less than 90 days from the completion of their initial entry training. This accounts for the medal's omission from a large number of "uncharacterized" and "entry level" separation documents. Veterans who have this medal so omitted may apply to the military service departments to have the NDSM added to records via a DD Form 215.[7] Additional awards[edit] Additional awards of the National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
are authorized for members of the military who served in more than one of the eligible time periods. Each additional award is denoted by a ​3⁄16-inch bronze service star attached to the suspension and service ribbon of the medal (a six award is indicated by one ​3⁄16-inch silver star). A second award of the medal is not granted for reenlisting during the same time period or transferring between branches of service.[8]

NDSM ribbons with ​3⁄16 inch bronze stars

First award: service ribbon only

Second award: one ​3⁄16-inch bronze star

Third award: two ​3⁄16-inch bronze stars

Fourth award: three ​3⁄16-inch bronze stars

See also[edit]

American Defense Service Medal Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal Korean Service Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal

References[edit]

^ http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodm/134833v2_dodm_2016.pdf ^ "Air Force Personnel Center - Awards and Decorations". Afpc.af.mil. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2012.  ^ National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(NDSM) – AUTHORIZED CONFLICTS Department of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness. ^ "National Defense Service Medal". The Institute of Heraldry. Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 4 February 2015.  ^ Executive Order 12776 ^ Executive Order 13293 ^ SECNAVINST 1650.1H 2006 4-16 page 128 Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ 578.23 National Defense Service Medal

External links[edit]

Media related to National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
at Wikimedia Commons

Inter-service awards and decorations of the United States military

Federal military decorations

Medal of Honor Silver Star
Silver Star
Medal Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal

Department level military decorations

Defense Distinguished Service Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Defense Meritorious Service Joint Service Commendation Joint Service Achievement Joint Meritorious Unit

Federal service medals

Prisoner of War National Defense Service Medal Antarctica Service Korean Service Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Southwest Asia Service Kosovo Campaign Afghanistan Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal Korea Defense Service Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Outstanding Volunteer Service Armed Forces Reserve

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United States Campaign, Expeditionary, and Service Medals

19th century

  Civil War Campaign Medal   Indian Campaign Medal   Dewey Medal   Sampson Medal   Cardenas Medal
Cardenas Medal
of Honor   West Indies Campaign Medal   Spanish Campaign Medal   Spanish War Service Medal   Army of Cuban Occupation Medal   Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal   Philippine Campaign Medal   Philippine Congressional Medal

Early 20th century

  China Campaign Medal
China Campaign Medal
(Army)   China Relief Expedition Medal
China Relief Expedition Medal
(Navy)   Cuban Pacification Medal (Army)   Cuban Pacification Medal (Navy)   Nicaraguan Campaign Medal   Haitian Campaign Medal   Dominican Campaign Medal

World War I era

  Mexican Service Medal   Mexican Border Service Medal   World War I Victory Medal   Texas Cavalry Medal   Army of Occupation of Germany Medal

Inter war era

  Navy Expeditionary Medal   Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal   Haitian Campaign Medal   NC-4 Medal   Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal   Yangtze Service Medal   Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal   Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal   United States Antarctic Expedition Medal

World War II era

  China Service Medal   American Defense Service Medal   Women's Army Corps Service Medal   American Campaign Medal   European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal   Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal   World War II Victory Medal   Army of Occupation Medal   Navy Occupation Service Medal   Medal for Humane Action

Late 20th century

  National Defense Service Medal   Korean Service Medal   Antarctica Service Medal   Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal   Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal   Vietnam Service Medal   Southwest Asia Service Medal   Kosovo Campaign Medal   Armed Forces Service Medal   Humanitarian Service Medal   Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

21st century

  Afghanistan Campaign Medal   Iraq Campaign Medal   Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal   Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal   Global War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal   Korea Defense Service Medal   Air and Space Campaign Medal   Nuclear Deterrence Operations S

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