Awards and Decorations

  1. What is the purpose of the DA Military Awards Program?
    To provide tangible recognition for acts of valor, special skills or qualifications, exceptional service or achievement, and acts of heroism not involving combat.
  2. What is the highest peacetime award for valor?
    The Soldiers Medal
  3. During peacetime, who is the approving authority for
    the Soldiers Medal?
    HQ Perscom
  4. What is an award?
    A decoration, medal, badge, ribbon or appurtenance bestowed upon an individual or unit.
  5. What is a decoration?
    An award to an individual for a specific act of gallantry or service.
  6. What is DA Form 7013?
    Certificate of Appreciation
  7. What is the highest award given by the Army in time of
    The Medal of Honor
  8. What is engraved on the reverse side of the Medal of
    Grade, Name and Organization of awardee
  9. What is engraved on the reverse side of every Decoration
    or Good Conduct Medal other than the Medal of Honor?
    Name of awardee
  10. How many stars are on the blue silk shield that the
    Medal of Honor is suspended from?
  11. Who is the approving authority for the MoH?
    US Congress
  12. Who awards the MoH?
    The President
  13. What is the word inscribed on the suspension bar of
    the MoH?
  14. Whose profile is on the MoH?
    Minerva, Roman goddess of righteous war, music and wisdom.
  15. What is the order of precedence for the wearing of
    individual awards?
    • US Military Decorations
    • US Non-Military Decorations
    • POW Medal
    • Good Conduct Medal
    • US Army Res. Components Achievement Medal
    • US Service Medals and Ribbons
    • US Merchant Marine Decorations
    • Foreign Decorations (not service med. and rib.)
    • Non-US Service Medals and Ribbons
  16. Name the ribbon awarded to members of the US Army for successful completion of Basic and AIT.
    The Army Service Ribbon
  17. What is DA Form 2442?
    Certificate of Achievement
  18. What is the time limit for recommending an award?
    2 years
  19. How many “V” devices may be worn on a ribbon?
  20. The “V” device is authorized for wear on what
      • Distinguished Flying Cross

      • Bronze Star Medal

      • Air Medal

      • ARCOM

      • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  21. How many different weapons are authorized component
  22. For what is the Good Conduct Medal given?
    Exemplary Behavior, Efficiency and Fidelity
  23. What 3 words are inscribed on the front of the Good
    Conduct Medal?
    Honor, Efficiency, Fidelity
  24. Who is the approving authority for the GCM?
    Company Commander
  25. How often can you get the GCM?
    Every 3 years
  26. Who are the final approving authorities for AAM,
    ARCOM, MSM, LM, and DSM?
      • AAM- Lt.Cl. and above

      • ARCOM- Col. And above

      • MSM- Maj. Gen. and above

      • LM- Lt. Gen. and above

      • DSM- US Army Chief of Staff
  27. Who can make recommendations for an award?
    Anyone have knowledge of an outstanding achievement
  28. To whom is the Purple Heart Awarded?
    Anyone killed or wounded by armed enemy
  29. What is the second highest award for valor?
    The Distinguished Service Cross
  30. What was the 1st medal awarded in the US
    The Purple Heart
  31. In order of precedence, what are the US Unit Awards
    authorized for wear on Army Uniforms?
    • Presidential Unit Citation (Army, Air
    • Force)
    • Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)
    • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
    • Valorous Unit Award
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
    • Navy Unit Commendation
    • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
    • Coast Guard Unit Commendation
    • Army Superior Unit Award
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Navy)
    • Navy “E” Ribbon
    • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
    • Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
  32. What was the Purple Heart initially awarded for?
    Valor in the Revolutionary War.
  33. What is DA Form 4950?
    Good Conduct Medal Certificate
  34. What decoration has George Washington’s picture on it?
    The Purple Heart
  35. Who is the approving authority for the AAM?
    Battalion Commander
  36. What is DA Form 87?
    Certificate of training
  37. What words are inscribed on the reverse side of the
    For Military Achievement
  38. What words are inscribed on the reverse side of the
    For Military Merit
  39. What is a Fourragere?
    A rope like device worn to signify the award of a foreign decoration
  40. When can a unit award be worn?
    If serving with a unit that received an award, or if assigned to the unit when the award was assigned
  41. Name the 4 Special Skills Tabs.
      • Special Forces

      • Ranger

      • Presidents Hundred

      • Sapper
  42. What AR covers the wear and appearance of the military
    AR 670-1
  43. Name 3 appurtenances.
      • V device

      • M device

      • Arrowhead

      • Oak leaf cluster
  44. If the number of authorized oak leaf clusters exceeds
    4, what will happen?
    A second ribbon can be worn that signifies one award.
  45. What DA Form is used to recommend/request an award?
    DA Form 638
  46. What AR governs awards and decorations?
    AR 600-8-22
  47. When was the MoH established?
  48. Why is the PH different from all other decorations?
    It not something you are recommended for, it is something you are entitled to based on meeting the criteria.
  49. What are the 3 US Army Combat Badges?
      • Combat Action Badge

      • Combat Medic Badge

      • Combat Infantryman Badge
  50. Who is eligible to wear the CIB?
    Colonel or below assigned to an infantry or special forces unit, who performed satisfactorily while engaged in combat after 6 Dec.1941.
  51. What are the 4 requirements for the CAB?
      • Can be awarded to any soldier

      • Performed duties where hostile fire pay or
      • imminent danger pay was authorized

      • Perform satisfactorily while engaged with the
      • enemy

      • Not assigned to a unit that is eligible for the
      • CIB or CMB.
  52. Can the CAB be awarded to members of other US Armed Forces and Foreign Soldiers?
    Yes, if they were assigned to an Army unit and meet the 4 requirements
  53. May soldiers be awarded the CIB, CMB, and CAB for the same qualifying period?
  54. Who is eligible to be awarded the Combat Medical Badge (CMB)?
    Any medical personnel assigned or attached to an infantry unit during any period the infantry unit was engaged in actual ground combat provided they were personally present and under fire during that time
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