a. Authorization. E.O. 13363 of 29 November 2004, as amended by Public Law 109-163.
b. Afghanistan Campaign Medal Eligibility Requirements
(1) Service by military personnel in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), in the designated area of eligibility (AOE), which encompasses the entire land area of the country of Afghanistan, and all air space above the land. The period of eligibility for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal is 11 September 2001 to a date to be determined.
Effective 1 May 2005, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is the only award authorized for service in the Afghanistan AOE.
See paragraph 14(f) below for guidelines to determine eligibility for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) and Afghanistan Campaign (ACM) prior to 1 May 2005.
(2) Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the AOE for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days, or meet one of the following criteria:
(a) Be engaged in actual combat during an armed engagement, regardless of time in the AOE.
(b) Be wounded, killed, or injured requiring medical evacuation from the AOE, while participating in an operation or on official duties. Non-combat medical evacuation meets the qualification criteria.
(c) Participate as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown, into, out of, within, or over the AOE shall count as one day toward the 30 or 60-day requirement.
c. Subsequent Awards. There will be no subsequent awards of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM); therefore, service stars are not authorized.
(d) Awarding Authority
(1) Navy Personnel. Commanding officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal authority are authorized to award the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM). Commands shall make the appropriate service record entries and issue the medals. The miniature bronze Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation emblem may be authorized for qualified Navy personnel who have engaged in actual combat;
(2) Marine Corps Personnel. Unit commanders are authorized to issue the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) to personnel assigned to their command who meet the eligibility criteria.
(3) Navy personnel attached to DoD, Joint, or other non- DON commands who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should have their command confirm eligibility of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and submit the
appropriate service record documentation. Marines shall submit confirming documentation to their administrative chain of command for recording in MCTFS and entry into their Official
Military Personnel File.
e. Participating Unit Lists. Navy Commanding Officers whose units meet the criteria for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) must submit their unit name with start and end dates in the AOE to CNO (DNS-35). Email a scanned PDF copy of the signed request to firstname.lastname@example.org, using "Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) participating unit (your unit name)" as the subject line. CNO (DNS-35) will post a list of qualified units on the Navy Awards Website. Future command input will be via command direct entry into the CESMEL (Campaign, Expeditionary, and Service Medal Eligibility List) section of NDAWS. This change will be announced via a NAVADMIN. Marine Corps unit commanders are not required to submit lists of participating units.