Medal Recommendation Guidelines

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This is the Document Release Information
Article Number: 7CAV-R-0XX
Scope: Medal Recommendations
Version: Version 1.1
Effective Date: 11 AUG 18
Approving Authority: Regimental Commanding Officer
Point of Contact: Regimental Chief of Staff


General Guidelines

  1. As of 11 AUG 18, this SOP and the Awards and Decorations page now provide the most current guidance on medal recommendations.
  2. Refer to this SOP for general guidance on how and when to post medal recommendations.
  3. Refer to the Awards and Decorations page for guidance on which medal to award.
  4. Do not recommend yourself for a medal. The exception to this is qualification badges which you have earned while teaching a course.
  5. When posting a medal recommendation, ensure you 'Stick' the post when done so it doesn't get missed.
  6. Keep medal citations brief. We often have to re-write citations because they are too long to fit on the actual medal citation itself. Tell the story in the justification section. If your citation is over 100 words, it may be too long, consider revising it.

Approval Process

Medal recommendations will be posted and then reviewed as follows:

  • The Regimental Chief of Staff or their designate will review medal recommendations as follows:
    • Is the medal appropriate to the action(s) as described in the justification section.
    • Is the correct citation template used and is it written professionally?
    • Does the trooper appear in the AAR master attendance list?
  • The Regimental Chief of Staff or their designate will then approve, downgrade and approve or send back for revision the medal recommendation to the originator. This will be done within 7 days of posting the medal recommendation(s).
  • Once approved, the S1 department will prepare citations and then post the medal awards.

The Medal Recommendation Post

There are 3 parts to a medal recommendation:

  • The Header: The Header includes the medal image and the name of the medal being recommended.
  • The Citation: The citation includes the name (with a link to Milpacs) and the medal citation itself. The medal citation should be taken from the templates provided further down in this SOP.
  • The Justification: The justification should tell simply - in point form - the story of why the medal is justified.


ARCOM

Army Commendation Medal

Private John Doe

For a distinguished contribution to the S3 Department. Displaying superior initiative, Private John Doe developed a game modification for ARMA3 which allows players to mark the location of mines. This outstanding modification directly improves the immersion of game-play and operational safety for all and reflects greatly upon Private Doe and the 7th Cavalry Regiment as a whole.


Justification:

  • He identified a need and then learned how to make a mod in order to create the new mod.
  • The mod is unique to the 7th Cav and adds new functionality that will enhance the viability of the engineer MOS.

Recommending a Medal for Operations

Using the table below, choosing the correct medal should be relatively simple.

Operations Medal Packages

When assembling operation medal packages, remember the following:

  1. Operations medal packages must be submitted as promptly as possible, but no later than 14 days after the operation.
  2. Submit the entire package together.
  3. Link the AAR at the top for reference. A trooper who is not listed in the AAR cannot receive a medal for that operation.
  4. Ensure you have checked medics to see if they are eligible for the Combat Medic Badge.
  5. Troopers are eligible for up to 5 combat jump stars on their basic wings and 3 combat jump stars on their HALO wings.
  6. Do a separate medal rec for each trooper, do not list 5 troopers on the same recommendation. The only exception to this is for statutory awards such as the Combat Medic Badge or Combat Jump Stars.
  7. Do not recommend an entire squad for 'doing a good job'. Recommend individuals for either a single act of heroism and/or skill OR sustained acts of heroism and/or skill and choose the correct medal accordingly.

Choosing the Correct Medal

When choosing the correct medal for excellence in operations, keep this in mind; giving out too many medals of higher precedence devalues them. Ensure the act of valor is worthy relative to the precedence of the medal you choose.

MEDALS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERATIONS
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Army Distinguished Service Cross Operations Awarded for actions, or a single act, demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill under fire, which were unquestionably responsible for the successful outcome of the mission against a live enemy force including internal player versus player matches. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Silver Star Operations Awarded for actions demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill, including leadership under fire and which were critical to the successful outcome of the mission.The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Distinguished Flying Cross Operations Awarded to pilots for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire. This award is the aviation equivalent of the Bronze Star with valor device. Air crew are not eligible for this award and pilots must have their flight wings. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Bronze Star with Valor Operations Awarded for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Bronze Star Medal Operations Awarded for skillful or heroic actions over the entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism and the trooper's contribution was critical to the successful outcome of the operation. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Purple Heart Operations Awarded for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire, where the recipient was killed undertaking the act. This is awarded for actions that, should the recipient have survived, would have been awarded a bronze star or above.
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Army Air Medal Operations Awarded to any member of an aircrew for skillful or heroic actions over the entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism and the trooper's contribution was critical to the successful outcome of the operation. This award is the aviation equivalent to the Bronze Star without a valor device. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Joint Service Commendation Medal Operations Awarded for joint operations with an allied unit against a live enemy force. Can only be awarded once per person, per campaign.
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Army Commendation Medal With Valor Operations Awarded for a single act of heroism or skill under fire.
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Army Commendation Medal Service/Operations Awarded for distinguished contributions to any area of the Regiment. Awarded for skillful or heroic actions over an entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism or skill.
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Prisoner of War Medal Operations Awarded for participating in 16 hours of an official 24 hour Operation or other significant and unusual circumstances.
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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Operations Awarded for team participation in a league operation against live enemies. Can only be awarded once per season.

Citation Templates for Operations Medals

Use ONLY these templates when writing citations for medals earned in operations.

Army Distinguished Service Cross

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while under direct enemy fire serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name> against <enemy clan,regiment name OR internal enemy force>. <In this section, describe the combat action. What happened, what the trooper did and how critical it was to the success of the mission. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s heroism, skill and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the Unites States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Silver Star

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while under direct enemy fire serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe the combat action. What happened, what the trooper did and how critical it was to the success of the mission. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s heroism, skill and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the Unites States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Distinguished Flying Cross

For an extraordinary act of valor while under direct enemy fire while serving as a pilot in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe the combat action. What happened and what the trooper did that demonstrated extraordinary heroism and skill. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s personal bravery and devotion to duty were critical to the success of the mission and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the Unites States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Bronze Star with Valor Device

For an extraordinary act of valor while under direct enemy fire while serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe the combat action. What happened and what the trooper did that demonstrated extraordinary heroism and skill. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s personal bravery and devotion to duty were critical to the success of the mission and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the Unites States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Bronze Star

For gallantry in action while serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe how the trooper demonstrated exceptional skill/heroism over the entire duration of the operation and how it was critical to the successful outcome of the mission. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s bravery and skill are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Purple Heart

For intrepidity in action while under enemy fire and at significant risk of death while serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe how the trooper demonstrated exceptional skill/heroism over the entire duration of the operation. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s brave sacrifice are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Air Medal

For gallantry in action while serving as <pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, door gunner> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe how the trooper demonstrated exceptional skill/heroism over the entire duration of the operation and how it was critical to the successful outcome of the mission. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s bravery and skill are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device

For heroism in action under direct enemy fire while serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe the combat action. What happened and what the trooper did that was heroic. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s dedication and heroism are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Army Commendation Medal

For intrepidity in action while serving as <an infantryman/CLS/Fire Team Leader/Squad Leader etc.> in Operation <Operation Name>. <In this section, describe how the trooper demonstrated exceptional skill/heroism over the entire duration of the operation. KEEP IT BRIEF> <RNK.Lastname>'s intrepidity, skill and quick thinking are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Recommending Medals for Contributions or Service to the Regiment

There are medals here for service in a primary billet, secondary billet or for contributions that are relative to neither. Awards for Trooper or Clerk of the Month must be submitted by the 7th day of the following month.

Choosing the Correct Medal

When choosing a medal to recommend, ensure you do the following:

  • Check: Is it for service/achievement/contributions in a primary or secondary billet? Or neither?
  • Has the trooper already received the intended medal within the time limitations specified? i.e. The Distinguished Service Medal can only be awarded once in any 12-month period.
MEDALS FOR SERVICE OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REGIMENT
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Brigadier General Krazee Lifetime Achievement Medal Service By order of the Commander only, is awarded for overall career achievements within the 7th Cavalry. This includes service to the unit in and out of combat roles. This award is exclusive to the Officer ranks, and is awarded in Honor of BG.Krazee.
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Command Sergeant-Major Ronnie "Coldblud" Bussey Lifetime Achievement Medal Service By order of the Commander only, is awarded for overall career achievements within the 7th Cavalry. This includes service to the unit in and out of combat roles. This award exclusive to the NCO ranks, and is awarded in Honor of CSM.Ronnie "Coldblud" Bussey.
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Defense Distinguished Service Medal Service Awarded to officers and non-commissioned officers for exceptionally meritorious leadership of a primary billet over the course of one year, or being selected as Non-Commissioned Officer or Officer of the Year.
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Army Distinguished Service Medal Service Awarded for distinguished service in a primary billet by any member. Can only be awarded once in any one year period. Does not apply to primary leadership billets.
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Defense Superior Service Medal Service Awarded to officers and non-commissioned officers for exceptionally meritorious leadership of a secondary billet over the course of one year. Applies to sub-department NCOICs and Leads also. Can also be awarded for meritorious service to the Regiment in leadership in operations over a year. Can only be awarded once per person, per year.
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Legion of Merit Service Awarded to members for exceptional service in a secondary billet. Can only be awarded once in any one year period. Does not apply to secondary leadership billets.
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Soldier's Medal Service Awarded for calling a Garry Owen on behalf of the 7th Cavalry or for taking the initiative to make critical decisions during time of lost communications with higher leadership
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Defense Meritorious Service Medal Service Awarded for a single, significant and distinguished contribution to a secondary department by any member, whether serving in a secondary billet or not.
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Meritorious Service Medal Service Awarded to any member for exceptional service or contributions that significantly impact the health and morale of the unit in a positive manner. Can only be awarded once in any six month period.
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Army Commendation Medal Service/Operations Awarded for distinguished contributions to any area of the Regiment. Awarded for skillful or heroic actions over an entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism or skill.
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Army Achievement Medal Service Awarded for contributions to any area of the Cav. Also awarded for Trooper and S1 Clerk of the Month.
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Armed Forces Service Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry that are assigned to secondary billets in addition to their primary billet for every consecutive year assigned to a billet. Awarded for each secondary department (not sub-department), per person, per 12 consecutive months of service. Capped at 11 awards.
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Humanitarian Service Medal Service Awarded to any 7th Cavalry member that helps out another whether financially, or for games or computer parts that are vital to their continued participation in their primary billet.
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Donation Ribbon Service Awarded to a member that donates money to the 7th Cavalry Cause or to pay for other essential services or software.
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7th Cavalry Server Upgrade Award Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution to fund the project to upgrade the dedicated servers for the Regiment. A Silver Star Device denotes a total contribution of $50 or more, a Gold Star Device denotes $100.00 or more.
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Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry that provide outstanding service to a non combat department to which they are not assigned.
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Honor Graduate Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member for completion of various courses as the Honor Graduate.

Citation Templates for Medals for Service/Contributions to the Regiment

For the medals listed below, use ONLY these templates for recommending medals for service or contributions to the Regiment.

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while serving as <role and="" unit,="" i.e.="" the="" company="" commander="" of="" alpha="" company,="" 1st="" battalion="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" distinguished="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to their troopers are a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

</unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></role>

Army Distinguished Service Medal

For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while serving as <role and="" unit,="" i.e.="" a="" trooper="" of="" alpha="" company,="" 1st="" battalion="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" meritorious="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to their unit is a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Defense Superior Service Medal

For superior meritorious service while serving as <role and="" department,="" i.e.="" the="" ncoic="" of="" s1="" milpacs="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" distinguished="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to their department are a great credit to <himself herself="">, the <department> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Legion of Merit

For superior meritorious service while serving as <role, i.e.="" a="" milpacs="" clerk="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" meritorious="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to their department is a great credit to <himself herself="">, the <department> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

For exceptionally meritorious service while assigned to the <department>. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" meritorious="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to their department is a great credit to <himself herself="">, the <department> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Meritorious Service Medal

For outstanding meritorious service to <their unit="" the="" s(x)="" department="" 7th="" cavalry="" regiment="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" meritorious="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to the Regiment is a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Army Commendation Medal

For meritorious service to <their unit="" the="" s(x)="" department="" 7th="" cavalry="" regiment="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" meritorious="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment to the Regiment is a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Army Achievement Medal (Trooper of the Month)

For exceptional achievement in <their company=""> as Trooper of the Month for <month, year="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" exceptional="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment is a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Army Achievement Medal

For distinguished achievement in <their company="" battalion="" regiment="" department="">. <rank><firstname lastname=""> distinguished <himself herself=""> by <describe the="" exceptional="" service="" here,="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank><lastname>'s dedication to duty and commitment is a great credit to <himself herself="">, <unit department=""> and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.​

Humanitarian Service Medal

For selfless service and devotion to <his her=""> fellow troopers. <rank firstname="" lastname=""> assisted a trooper by <describe the="" nature="" of="" donation="" keep="" it="" brief.=""> <rank lastname="">'s actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the 7th Cavalry Regiment and reflect great credit upon <himself herself="">.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

For outstanding volunteer service by assisting with 3 <school> training classes. Without the participation of <rank lastname=""> these classes would not be possible. Their dedication and devotion to their fellow troopers is a great credit to both them and the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Honor Graduate Ribbon

For being selected as the Honor Graduate of the <class name="">. <rank firstname="" lastname="">'s diligence and hard work are a credit to <himself herself=""> and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the 7th Cavalry Regiment.</himself></rank></class></rank></school></himself></rank></describe></rank></his></unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></their></unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></month,></their></unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></their></unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></their></department></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></department></department></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></role,></department></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></role></unit></himself></lastname></rank></describe></himself></firstname></rank></role>

Recommending Unit Awards

There are medals here for service to your squad, platoon and for valor in operations as a unit.

Choosing the Correct Medal

When choosing a medal to recommend, ensure you do the following:

  • Check: Is it for an operation against live enemies or AI?
  • If for service, is it for a squad/section or a platoon?
UNIT AWARDS
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Presidential Unit Citation Statutory Awarded to the 7th Cavalry Regiment for distinguished and heroic actions during combat operations as a Unit against hostile forces. All troopers receive this award upon graduating from the Recruit Training Command.
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award Operations Awarded to squad-sized units and up that display outstanding and exceptional valor and heroism as a whole during combat operations in cooperation with other units against an AI enemy. This is the equivalent of awarding a Silver Star to every member of a unit.
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Army Valorous Unit Award Operations Awarded to squad-sized units and up that display outstanding and exceptional valor and heroism as a whole during combat operations against live hostile forces. Must have won the match(es). This is the equivalent of awarding a Silver Star to every member of a unit.
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Meritorious Unit Commendation Service Awarded to members of a squad for meritorious service through superior attendance at operations, practices and FTX's and/or performance at squad competitions.
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Superior Unit Award Service Awarded to platoon-level units and higher for superior performance of their duties in attendance at operations, practices and FTX's.
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Black Ops Unit Citation Service Awarded for classified activities on behalf of the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Citation Templates for Medals for Service/Contributions to the Regiment

For the medals listed below, use ONLY these templates for recommending medals Unit Awards.

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Army Valorous Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Award

Superior Unit Award

Additional References