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  1. Army Awards Program CPT Cheney

  2. Terminal Learning Objective

  3. Evaluation • 15 multiple choice questions on the Actions exam (50 questions total) • Exam date: 7 Mar 03 • Close note exam • Must score 70% on exam to pass

  4. References • AR 600-8-22 Military Awards (25 Feb 95) • Manual of Military Awards & Decorations • DOD 1348.33-M (Sep 96) • MILPER Messages • Awards Branch, DA PERSCOM

  5. Outline • Goals & Objectives of Awards Program • Award Policies • Order of Precedence • Individual Awards • Award Submission • Summary • Conclusion

  6. Goals • Foster mission accomplishment by recognizing excellence • Motivate personnel to high levels of performance and service Reference: Para 1-1

  7. Objectives • Provide tangible recognition for: • Acts of valor • Exceptional service or achievement • Special skills or qualifications • Acts of heroism outside of combat • Ensure command responsibility in soldier recognition Reference: Para 1-12

  8. Award Policies • Time limitation • Character of service • Duplicate awards • Interim awards • Posthumous awards • Supporting orders • Revocation

  9. Award Policies (1 of 4) • Time Limitations • 2 year limit on submission of awards • 3 year limit on receipt of awards • Exceptions: • Purple Heart (PH) • Retroactive awards • Character of Service • Awards must be received for periods of honorable service • Waivers possible for a flag for overweight Reference: Para 1-14 & 1-16

  10. Award Policies (2 of 4) • Duplicate Awards • Only one decoration awarded for same act or achievement • Can receive recognition for a heroic act and for a period of service • Interim Awards • Receive a lower award pending approval of a higher one • Initial award revoked once final one approved Reference: Para 1-18 & 1-19

  11. Award Policies (3 of 4) • Posthumous Awards • Awarded to PNOK • Surviving spouse • Eldest child • Parents (Father or Mother) • Eldest sibling • Eldest grandchild • Supporting Orders • Decorations & GCM: permanent orders • Service medals & ribbons: no permanent orders • Badges: permanent orders • Exceptions: basic marksmanship badges, APFT badges Reference: Para 1-22 & 1-25

  12. Award Policies (4 of 4) • Revoking Awards: • Announced via permanent orders • Awards revoked by awarding authority • Revoking Badges/Tabs: • Announced via permanent orders • Exceptions: • Parachutist Badge – jump refusal • Aviator Badge • Special Forces Tab Reference: Para 1-27, 1-29 & 1-30

  13. Order of Precedence • Decorations • Good Conduct Medal • Service Medals • Service Ribbons www.armyawards.com - Rackbuilder Reference: Para 1-40 & 1-41

  14. Individual Awards • Decorations • Good Conduct Medal • Service Medals • Service Ribbons • Badges & Tabs • Certificates & Letters • Foreign Awards (Ch 9) Reference: Para 1-13

  15. Decorations • Recognition for: • Heroism • Meritorious Achievement • Meritorious Service • Based upon performance, not grade • Not to be used as prizes • MSM & AAM peacetime decorations only • ARCOM & AAM not awarded to GOs Reference: Ch 3, Table 3-1

  16. Army Good Conduct Medal • Awarded to: • Active duty enlisted soldiers • AGR soldiers on AD for non-training purposes • Awarded by unit commander • Awarded for: • Every 3 years of active service • Between 1 & 3 years of service for 1st award • Disqualification: • Released from enlisted status • Conviction by courts-martial • Certificate policy Reference: Ch 4

  17. Service Medals & Ribbons • Denote honorable service: • Within specific limited dates • Within specified geographical areas • Normally awarded for active service only • No orders published for service medals • Re-issuing of NDSM Reference: Ch 5

  18. Appurtenances (1 of 2) • Worn to denote: • Additional awards • Participation in a specific act • Other distinguished characteristics • Oak Leaf Clusters • 1 silver OLC = 5 bronze OLC • Worn on decorations & unit awards • Numerals • Overseas Service Ribbon • NCO Professional Development Ribbbon Reference: Para 6-1 to 6-5

  19. Appurtenances (2 of 2) • V devices • Denotes heroism when engaged with an armed enemy • Worn on BSM, Air Medal, ARCOM & JSCM • Clasps • Worn on Good Conduct Medal • Service Stars • 5 bronze stars = 1 silver star • Worn on campaign & service ribbons to denote additional awards • Bronze stars worn on parachutist badge for combat jumps Reference: Para 6-6 & 6-7

  20. Badges & Tabs • Provides public recognition for skills earned • Combat & special skill badges • Marksmanship badges • Identification badges • Tabs • Ranger • Special Forces • President’s 100 Reference: Ch 8

  21. Certificates & Letters • Certificate presented with each award of a military decoration • Certificates of Achievement • Cites acts & achievements that do not merit a decoration • Issued by local commanders • Letter of commendation Reference: Ch 10

  22. Foreign Awards • Kuwait Liberation Medal • Foreign badges • Must be qualification & skill badges • Must be awarded for military activities only • Individual must meet host country criteria • Foreign airborne training Reference: Ch 9

  23. Awards Submission • Approval authorities • Peacetime • Wartime • DA Form 638 • Used to process award recommendations • Becomes permanent order upon approval • Typed or handwritten in black ink • Filed in OMPF/MPRJ Reference: Table 3-1

  24. HQDA MACOM CORPS DIV BDE BN CO Approval Authorities • Determine lowest level approval authority • Based on normal chain of command CSA GEN LTG MG COL LTC CPT Reference: Table 3-2 & 3-3

  25. Lowest Approval Authority Q: COL recommended for LOM for PCS A: General (MACOM CDR) Q: SGM recommended for LOM for retirement • A: Lieutenant General Q: SPC recommended for AAM for achievement • A: LTC (Battalion CDR) Q: 1LT recommended for SM for heroism A: DA PERSCOM Q: CPT recommended for ARCOM for service • A: COL (Brigade CDR) Q: CW3 recommended for MSM for retirement • A: Major General (Division or Installation CDR)

  26. Lowest Approval Authority • Q: COL recommended for LOM for PCS • A: • Q: SGM recommended for LOM for retirement • A: • Q: SPC recommended for AAM for achievement • A: • Q: 1LT recommended for SM for heroism • A: • Q: CPT recommended for ARCOM for service • A: • Q: CW3 recommended for MSM for retirement • A:

  27. Questions

  28. Practical Exercise #1

  29. DA Form 638 – Part I (Soldier Data) RECOMMENDATION FOR AWARD Cdr Co C, 1-5 IN Bn APO AP 96224 Cdr 1st Bde, 2ID APO AP 96224 3. DATE 2. FROM 1. TO 11 Sep 96 PART I - SOLDIER DATA 5. RANK 4. NAME 6. SSN WINSTON, RANDALL C. SSG 987-65-4321 7. ORGANIZATION 8. PREVIOUS AWARDS Co C, 1-5 IN Bn APO AP 96224 ARCOM, AAM 11. PERIOD OF AWARD 9. BRANCH OF SERVICE 10. REC AWD a. FROM b. TO ARCOM-1OLC 21 AUG 96 6 SEP 96 12. REASON FOR AWARD X 13. POSTHUMOUS 12b. INTERIM YES NO 12a. INDICATE ACH, SVC, PCS, ETS, OR RET IF YES, STATE AWARD GIVEN: X ACH YES NO

  30. PART II - RECOMMENDER DATA 14. NAME 15. ADDRESS JONES, HARRY C. Co C, 1-5 IN Bn APO AP 96224 17. RANK 16. TITLE/POSITION PLATOON LEADER 1LT 19. SIGNATURE 18. RELATIONSHIP TO AWARDEE Harry C Jones PLATOON LEADER DA Form 638 – Part IIRecommender Data

  31. PART III - JUSTIFICATION AND CITATION DATA 20. ACHIEVEMENTS ACHIEVEMENT #1 Trained M1A1 Tank Crew to qualify as top Tank Crew in the battalion during Tank Gunnery Table VIII ACHIEVEMENT #2 Recognized by Division Controllers as top Tank Crew in battalion during WARSTEED 96 Division FTX ACHIEVEMENT #3 Maintained a 100% Operation Readiness status for his tank during WARSTEED 96 ACHIEVEMENT #4 21. PROPOSED CITATION For meritorious achievement during the 2d Infantry Division WARSTEED 96 Field Training Exercise. SSG Winston’s commitment to excellence and dedication to duty resulted in receiving laudatory comments from division controllers and qualifying as the top M1A1 Tank Crew during Tank Table VIII. SSG Winston’s professionalism reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army. DA Form 638 – Part III (Justification)

  32. DA Form 638 – Part IV (Approval) PART IV - RECOMMENDATIONS/APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL 22a. SIGNATURE 22b. DATE 22. I certify eligible . . . . John F Towers 14 SEP 96 Cdr, 1-5 IN Bn Cdr, Co C, 1-5 IN APO AP 96224 APO AP 96224 15 SEP 96 c. DATE b. FROM 23. INTERMEDIATE AUTHORITY a. TO X d. RECOMMEND APPROVAL DISAPPROVAL UPGRADE TO DOWNGRADE TO e. NAME f. RANK QUINTON, CHRIS P. CPT h. SIGNATURE g. TITLE/POSITION COMMANDER Chris P Quinton i. COMMENTS Super NCO! Well deserving of this award.

  33. DA Form 638 – Part IV ORDERS CDR ISSUING AUTH 1st Bde, 2ID 21 SEP 96 b. FROM c. DATE a. TO 26. APPROVAL AUTHORITY X APPROVED DISAPPROVED RECOMMEND UPGRADE TO d. DOWNGRADE e. NAME f. RANK WALLACE, WILLIAM S. COL h. SIGNATURE g. TITLE/POSITION BRIGADE COMMANDER William S Wallace i. COMMENTS

  34. DA Form 638 – Part V (Orders) PART V - ORDERS DATA 27a. ORDERS ISSUING HQ 31. DISTRIBUTION 27b. PERM ORDER NO. HQ, 1st Brigade, 2d Inf Div APO AP 96224 SOLDIER (1) OMPF (1) FILES (1) 267-03 28b. RANK 28a. NAME ORDERS APP AUTH KURT F. DEAN MAJ 28c. TITLE/POSITION 29. APPROVED AWARD BRIGADE ADJUTANT ARCOM-1OLC 28d. SIGNATURE 30. DATE Kurt F Dean 24 SEP 96

  35. Other Recognition • Coins • Monthly/Quarterly Awards • Passes

  36. Summary • Relate award to a specific achievement • Base awards on quality of performance & benefit to organization • Awards should be fair and not routine • Awards should be presented to soldiers

  37. Questions

  38. Practical Exercise

  39. Terminal Learning Objective

  40. Conclusion A chest full of medals is a soldier’s resume in 3-D and Technicolor. Owen Edwards