I would love some clarification on this topic as I am currently deployed and our unit has been having some heated "discusions" on what is and isn't authorized. Basically, we are in kuwait running missions to iraq, would this qualify our entire unit for the ICM, GWOTEM, GWOTSM, and the OSR? Lots of people are claiming we will be, but it sounds odd to me. Also, how will I ensure the proper medals are on my erb, will I need a memo or just deployment orders?
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I know this is long but I pulled this out of AR 600-8-22. Read it and you will know what you qualify for.

AR 600-8-22

2-17. Iraq Campaign Medal

a. The Iraq Campaign Medal was authorized by Public Law 108-234 , 28 May 2004 and Executive Order 13363 , 29 November 2004, as amended by Executive Order 13289, 12 March 2003.

b. Individuals authorized the Iraq Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq, and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles. The Iraq Campaign Medal period of eligibility is on or after 19 March 2003 to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of OIF.

c. Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reasons of service between 19 March 2003 and 28 February 2005, in an area for which the Iraq Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized, will remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, any such service member may be awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service. No service member will be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.

d. Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:

(1) Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility.

(2) While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility.

(3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of the military operations; each day of operations counts as one day of eligibility.

e. The following rules apply to award the Iraq Campaign Medal:

(1) The Iraq Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously.

(2) Only one award of this medal may be authorized for any individual.

(3) Under no condition will personnel receive the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for the same action, time period or service.

f. Precedence for the Iraq Campaign Medal will be positioned below the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and above the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

2-18. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

a. The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) was established by Executive Order 13289 , 12 March 2003. It is authorized for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who deployed abroad for service in the Global War on Terrorism Operations on or after 11 September, 2001 to a date to be determined. Operations approved the GWOTEM are provided in g below.

b. Procedures.

(1) The Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff will designate approved operations on a case-by-case basis when requested by the Combatant Commanders.

(2) The general area of eligibility (AOE) encompasses all foreign land, water, and air spaces outside the fifty states of the United States and outside 200 nautical miles of the shores of the United States. The Secretary of Defense, when recommended by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, will designate the specific area of eligibility per qualifying operation.

(3) Because counter-terrorism operations are global in nature, the AOE for an approved operation may be deemed to be non-contiguous. The Combatant Commander has the authority to approve award of the medal for units and personnel deployed within his or her theater. Under no conditions will units or personnel within the United States, the general region excluded in ( 2 ), above be deemed eligible for the GWOTEM.

c. Criteria. Service members must be assigned, attached or mobilized to a unit participating in designated operations for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in the AOE, or meet one of the following criteria:

(1) Be engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless of time in the AOE.

(2) While participating in the designated operation, regardless of time, is killed, wounded or injured requiring medical evacuation from the AOE.

(3) Service members participating as a regularly assigned air crew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom and/or Iraqi Freedom are eligible to qualify for award of the GWOTEM. Each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with these criteria will count as one day toward the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement.

d. General.

(1) The GWOTEM may be awarded posthumously.

(2) Service members may be awarded both the GWOTEM and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM) if they meet the criteria for both awards; however, the qualifying service used to establish eligibility for one award cannot be used to justify eligibility for the other award.

(3) The GWOTEM will be worn before the GWOTSM and both will directly follow the Kosovo Campaign Medal (KCM) (that is, KCM, GWOTEM, GWOTSM, Korean Defense Service Medal (KDSM), and so forth.).

e. Subsequent awards. Only one award of the GWOTEM may be authorized to any individual; therefore, second or subsequent awards will not be awarded.

f. Battle stars.

(1) Battle stars (bronze service stars) may be applicable for service members who were engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action. Only the Combatant Commander can initiate a request for a Battle Star. The request will contain the specific unit(s) or individual(s) engaged in actual combat, the duration for which actual combat was sustained, and a detailed description of the actions against the enemy.

(2) The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff is the approving authority for Battle Stars.

(3) The approval of battle stars by the CJCS is authority for the senior Army commander in the combat theater to approve campaign participation credit. See paragraph 7-18 , table 7-1 , and figure 7-1 .

g. Initial award of the GWOTEM. Limited to service members deployed abroad in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM in the following designated specific geographic areas of eligibility (AOE): Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria (Bourgas), Chad, Crete, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (only specific GWOT operations not associated with operations qualifying for the Kosovo Campaign Medal), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania (Constanta), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yeman, that portion of the Arabian Sea north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees longitude, Bab El Mandeb, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Suez, that portion of the Mediterranean Sea east of 28 degrees east longitude and boarding and searching vessel operations, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Strait of Hormuz, and Suez Canal.

2-19. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

a. Meaning of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM). The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM) was established by Executive Order 13289 , 12 March 2003. It is authorized for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have participated in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) operations outside of the designated areas of eligibility (AOE) defined in 2-18g above, on or after 11 September 2001 to a future date to be determined. Operations approved for the GWOTSM are provided in e , below.

b. Procedures.

(1) The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff will designate approved operations on a case-by-case basis when requested by the Combatant Commanders.

(2) At the request of the Combatant Commander, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff may approve specific efforts that are rendered by unit(s) or individual(s) that meet all other requirements for award of the GWOTSM however, are not issued specific orders for the approved operation(s).

(3) Battalion commanders and commanders of separate units have the authority to award the GWOTSM for approved operations to units and personnel within his or her command.

c. Criteria. Service members must be assigned, attached, or mobilized to a unit supporting designated operations listed in 2-18g for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days, or meet one of the following criteria:

(1) Initial award of the GWOTSM. Limited to airport security operations (from 27 September 2001 through 31 May 2002) and Soldiers who supported Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.

(2) All Soldiers on active duty, including Reserve Component Soldiers mobilized, or National Guard Soldiers activated on or after 11 September 2001 to a date to be determined having served 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days are authorized the GWOTSM.

d. General.

(1) The GWOTSM may be awarded posthumously.

(2) Service members may be awarded both the GWOTEM and the GWOTSM if they meet the criteria for both awards; however, the qualifying period used to establish eligibility for one award cannot be used to justify eligibility for the other award.

(3) The GWOTSM will be worn after the GWOTEM and both will directly follow the Kosovo Campaign Medal (KCM) (that is, KCM, GWOTEM, GWOTSM, Korean Defense Service Medal (KDSM), and so forth.)

e. Subsequent awards. Only one award of the GWOTSM may be authorized to any individual; therefore, second and subsequent awards will not be awarded.
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Originally posted by tom_1635:
would this qualify our entire unit for the ICM, GWOTEM, GWOTSM, and the OSR?

You already have the GWOTSM for being in the Army.

You must be in Iraq for 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days, but you will not receive the ICM and GWOTEM for the same period of service.

You'll be receiving the GWOTEM and the OSR.
This is what I thought. But, a lot of people in our company are under the impression that as long as the timeframe used for the GWOTEM and ICM are different dates, it can still be in the same deployment. Thanks for the clarification. How do I ensure these go on my ERB?
Your deployment orders are all you need. Go to your S-1 and tell them to put it on there. If they give you any issues make sure you know what your talking about. Take the Regulation with you to support it. Usually S-1 already knows this and they automatically put it in for you.
So basically, someone who deployed to Kuwait for 3 months in Feb-Apr 03, came home for a month and then deployed for another 3 months to Baghdad in Jun-Aug 03 is authorized the GWOTEM for 3 month deployment number 1, and is also authorized the ICM for 3 month deployment number 2. But, someone who deployed to Kuwait for 3 mos and then moved into Iraq for the other 9 months of a full 12 month deployment is only authorized the ICM?
That would be great 51C. It seems there is confusion as to whether the "same time period" means "same deployment", which would result in people with multiple shorter deployments in the same theatre rating more awards than people with one long deployment, which I am sure is not the intent.
Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for
30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:


"Question 6: I deployed in support of OIF from 20 Mar 04 to 1 Jan 05 and served in Iraq. I am deploying again to Iraq in support of OIF to serve from 31 Dec 05 to 16 May 06. Can I be awarded the GWOTEM for the first deployment and the ICM for the second deployment?
Answer 6: Yes. You deployed two separate times (two separate periods of service) within the designated AOE of Iraq. The GWOTEM can be awarded for the first deployment and the ICM for the second deployment."


"Question 7: I am currently deployed in support of OIF with service in Kuwait. My mission requires me to drive in and out of Iraq. Can I get the GWOTEM for time in Kuwait and the ICM for the driving time in Iraq?
Answer 7: Yes. Soldiers who are required to perform official duties within each designated AOE are authorized to be awarded the medals for the time frames within each AOE, given you meet the minimum period of service requirements for each (30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days) and you do not receive both the GWOTEM and the ICM for the same/overlapping periods."

Check out the FAQ posted on HRC awards page at:

https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/...AGD/awards/index.htm

AKO login most likely required.
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Originally posted by SGT Lulu:
So, would this be two different orders for awards? I was in OIF 1 and during our return from Iraq I spent about 30 days in Kuwait cleaning vehicles. Would this count for both?


You don't get orders for the awards. The S-1 awards them based on the dates on your "movement" orders.

And OIF1 was different, you'd need to read up on the dates..

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