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a. Authorization. E.O. 10163 of 25 September 1950, as amended by E.O. 10439 of 19 March 1953.

b. Armed Forces Reserve Medal Eligibility Requirements. Issued to any officer or enlisted member of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces of the United States who completes a total of 10 years of honorable satisfactory service, under the following conditions:

(1) The required 10 years must have been performed within a period of 12 consecutive years.

(2) Such service shall not include service in a Regular component of the Armed Forces; however, any period of time during which Reserve service is interrupted by service in a Regular component of the Armed Forces (including Naval Academy Midshipman service) shall not be considered a break in the said period of 12 consecutive years, but will not count as qualifying service.

(3) Any period during which Reserve service is interrupted by one or more of the following will be excluded in computing qualification time, but will not be considered as a break in the period of 12 years:

(a) During tenure in office as any state official chosen by the voters of the entire state, territory, or possession.

(b) During tenure in office as a member of the legislative body of the United States or of any state, territory, or possession.

(c) While serving as judge of a court of record of the United States, or of any state, territory, possession, or the District of Columbia.

(4) Service in the Retired Reserve (with or without pay) or on the Inactive Status List shall not count toward eligibility.

(5) In order to achieve one year of honorable satisfactory service, a Reservist must accumulate a total of at least 50 retirement points during each anniversary year of service subsequent to 30 June 1949. All honorable service prior to 1 July 1949, active or inactive, as a member of a Reserve component of the Armed Forces, is qualifying service. The 50 required points may be accumulated by any ombination of the authorized methods, such as drills, active duty, or correspondence courses. Membership points are also qualifying.

(6) After 1 July 1950, U.S. Navy Reserve Midshipmen are not eligible since they are not in a position to earn 50 points per anniversary year.

(7) Reserve Aviation Cadet time is considered to fulfill the requirements for this medal subsequent to 1 July 1950, since such Reservists are on active duty and thus earning the yearly 50 points.

(8) Navy Reserve personnel who, prior to 12 September 1958, were eligible to receive the Naval Reserve Medal, may at their election be awarded in lieu thereof the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM), provided they have met the foregoing requirements; however, both medals shall not be awarded for the same period of service.

(9) Marine Corps Reserve personnel who, prior to 17 December 1965, were eligible to receive the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon, may at their election be awarded in lieu thereof the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM), provided they have met the foregoing requirements; however, both awards shall not be issued for the same period of service.

(10) Marine Corps Reserve personnel serving in an Active Reserve (AR) billet may continue to count service for the award for which they were qualifying upon entering the AR, but may not commence a new period of qualifying service.

c. Hour Glass and M Devices

(1) Upon completion of the first 10-year period, a bronze hourglass shall be awarded for the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM). Upon completion of the second 10-year period, a silver hourglass shall be awarded. Upon completion of the third 10-year period, a gold hourglass shall be awarded. Upon completion of the fourth 10- year period, a gold hourglass followed by a bronze shall be awarded.

(2) Executive Order 13013 authorizes the 'M" device for the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM) for participation in designated contingency operations. Members must have been mobilized (as a unit or individual) and performed active duty on or after 1 August 1990 as follows:

(a) The member was called to active service under §12301(A), 12302, 12304, 12406 of Title 10 U.S.C. (formerly §672(A), 673, 673(B), 3500, and 8500) or Chapter 15 of Title 10 U.S.C.

(b) The member volunteered and served on active duty in support of the designated operations. Designated operations include :

DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM (Persian Gulf War)
RESTORE HOPE (Somalia)
UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti )
JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia and surrounding areas)
DESERT FOX (Iraq)
JOINT FORGE (Bosnia and surrounding areas)
JOINT GUARD (Bosnia and surrounding areas)
ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo)
NOBLE EAGLE (U.S. Homeland Defense)
ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan)
IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq)

(c) Active Guard and Reserve members who receive orders changing their current duty status (legal authority under which they perform duty) or their duty location or assignment to support a designated contingency operation are eligible for the award of the "M" device. All components of the Navy Reserve (i.e., Full Time Support (FTS), Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW), One-Year Recall (OYR), and Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC)) are eligible for the 'Mu device, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

(d) Upon qualification, a bronze 'M" shall be awarded for wear on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM). A bronze numeral indicating the number of the award shall be included after the initial award. Multiple periods of service during a specific contingency/operation shall count as only one 'M" device qualifying period (no additional numerals). In addition, only one I'M" device shall be earned for each mobilization (set of orders) even if more than one operation is supported. The ribbon is authorized upon award of the "M" device, despite having served less than 10 years.

d. Appropriate Wear of the Ribbon

(1) Only one Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM) is authorized for wear.

(2) Not entitled to 'M" device, entitled to AFRM: AFRM with appropriate bronze/silver/gold hourglass centered on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon.

(3) Not otherwise entitled to AFRM, entitled to the 'M" device: AFRM worn with 'M" centered on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon.

(4) Entitled to "MN device and AFRM: "M" device is centered and appropriate hourglass is to wearer's right on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon.

(5) Entitled to numerous 'M" devices and AFRM: 'M" is centered, appropriate hour glass to wearer's right, and bronze Arabic numeral to the wearer's left on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon. Numerals begin with the second award.

e. Armed Forces Reserve Medal Awarding Authority. Commanding officers determine eligibility from service records, affidavits or upon completion of eligibility requirements at the current command, and make appropriate service record entries for enlisted personnel and issue letters of eligibility for officers. Questions regarding eligibility shall be addressed via the chain of command to CNO (DNS-35) or CMC (MMMA) , as appropriate.

Authorized Devices:
Bronze Numberals, Bronze M, Bronze Hourglass(10 years), Silver Hourglass(20 years), Gold Hourglass(30 years)

 
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