Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard: Wikis

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Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard are military decorations of the United States Coast Guard which are currently issued under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to 2002, such awards were issued by the Secretary of Transportation and Coast Guard personnel were eligible to receive a variety of Department of Transportation (DOT) civilian decorations. Since transferring to the Department of Homeland Security, the issuance of DOT awards has been discontinued in the Coast Guard, although such awards may still be seen on active duty Coast Guard uniforms.

Coast Guard military awards are similar to U.S. Navy decorations and Coast Guard personnel are eligible to receive all inter-service decorations, authorized foreign awards and international decorations.

The current active decorations of the U.S. Coast Guard are as follows:

Coast Guard Decorations

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Coast Guard Medal Coast Guard Commendation Medal Coast Guard Achievement Medal Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
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Coast Guard Achievement ribbon.svg
Coast Guard Arctic Service ribbon.svg

Coast Guard Lifesaving Medals

Gold Lifesaving Medal Silver Lifesaving Medal
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Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals

Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal
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Coast Guard Marksmanship Medals

Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal
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Coast Guard Unit Awards

Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation Coast Guard Unit Commendation Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Meritorious Team Commendation Coast Guard "E" Ribbon
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Coast Guard Excellence Ribbon.svg

Coast Guard Service ribbons

Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon Special Operations Service Ribbon Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon Restricted Duty Ribbon Coast Guard Basic Training Honor Graduate Ribbon
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Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon Enlisted Person of the Year Ribbon Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon Coast Guard Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon
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Order of precedence

The following is the ribbon order of precedence authorized for wear by the U.S. Coast Guard. The list contains awards and decorations for the departments of Defense (including Army, Navy and Air Force), Homeland Security and Transporaton:

Key
  • Bold = denotes agency-level (DHS or DOT) award or U.S. Coast Guard award
  • Bold italic = denotes U.S. Coast Guard award is obsolete
  • Italic = denotes award is obsolete
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Personal decorations

Medal of Honor Navy Cross Distinguished Service Cross Air Force Cross Homeland Security
Distinguished Service Medal
Transportation
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense
Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard
Distinguished Service Medal
Navy
Distinguished Service Medal
Army
Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
DOT's Secretary
Award for Outstanding Achievement
Defense Superior Service Medal Guardian Medal Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross Coast Guard Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Medal Soldier's Medal Airman's Medal Gold Lifesaving Medal Bronze Star Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal Silver Lifesaving Medal Aerial Achievement Medal DOT's Secretary
Award for Meritorious Achievement
Joint Service
Commendation Medal
Coast Guard
Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal
Army
Commendation Medal
Air Force
Commendation Medal
DOT's Secretary
Award for Superior Achievement
Joint Service
Achievement Medal
Transportation 9-11 Medal Coast Guard
Achievement Medal
Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal
Army
Achievement Medal
Air Force
Achievement Medal
Commandant's
Letter of Commendation Ribbon
Coast Guard
Combat Action Ribbon
Combat Action Ribbon
(Navy and Marine Corps)

Unit decorations

Coast Guard
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy and Marine Corps
Presidential Unit Citation
Army and Air Force
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Gallant Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Secretary of Transportation
Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard
Unit Commendation
Navy
Unit Commendation
Air Force
Meritorious Unit Award
Coast Guard
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Force
Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force
Organizational Excellence Award
Meritorious Team Commendation Coast Guard
"E" Ribbon
Navy
"E" Ribbon
Coast Guard
Bicentennial Unit Commendation

Conduct medals

Prisoner of War Medal Coast Guard
Good Conduct Medal
Navy
Good Conduct Medal
Marine Corps
Good Conduct Medal
Army
Good Conduct Medal
Air Force
Good Conduct Medal
Coast Guard Reserve
Good Conduct Medal
Naval Reserve
Meritorious Service Medal
Selected Marine Corps
Reserve Medal
Army Reserve Components
Achievement Medal
Air Reserve Forces
Meritorious Service Medal

U.S. service, campaign and training awards

Authorized non-U.S. service awards and foreign decorations

Marksmanship awards


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