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What is the highest peacetime award for valor?
The Soldiers Medal

During peacetime, who is the approving authority for the Soldier's Medal?

What is an Award?
A decoration, medal, badge, ribbon, or appurtenance bestowed on an individual or a unit

What is a decoration?
An award to an individual for a specific act of gallantry or service

What is DA Form 7013?
Certificate of Appreciation

What are the six groups that individual awards can be categorized into?
1. Decorations
2. Good Conduct Medal
3. Service Medals
4. Service Ribbons
5. Badges and Tabs
6. Certificates and Letters

What is the highest award given by the Army in time of war?
The Medal of Honor

How many stars are on the blue silk shield that the Army Medal of Honor is suspended from?

Who is the approving authority for the Medal of Honor?
The U.S. Congress

Who awards the Medal of Honor?
The President of the United States

What is the word inscribed on the suspension bar of the Medal of Honor?

Whose profile is on the Medal of Honor?
Minerva, the roman goddess of wisdom and righteous war

What is the order of precedence for the wearing of individual awards?
1. U.S. Military Decorations
2. U.S. Non-Military Decorations
3. Prisoner of War Medal
4. Good Conduct Medal
5. U.S. Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
6. U.S. Service Medals and Service Ribbons
7. U.S. Merchant Marine Decorations
8. Foreign Decorations (Does not include Service Medals and Ribbons)
9. Non-U.S. Service Medals and Ribbons

Name the ribbon awarded to members of the US Army for successful completion of the Basic and AIT?
The Army Service Ribbon

What is the DA Form 2442?
Certificate of Achievement

What is the time limit for recommending an award?
Two Years

How many "V" devices may be worn on a ribbon?
Not more than 1

The “V” Device is authorized for wear on what decorations?
• Distinguished Flying Cross
• Bronze Star Medal
• Air Medal
• Joint Service Commendation Medal

How many different weapons are authorized component bars?

For what is the Good Conduct Medal given?
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity

What three words are inscribed on the front of the Good Conduct Medal?
Honor, Efficiency, and Fidelity

Who is the approving authority for the Good Conduct Medal?
The Company Commander

How often can you get the Good Conduct Medal?
Every 3 years

Who are the final approving authorities for the AAM, ARCOM, MSM, LM and DSM?
• AAM = Lieutenant Colonel and above
• ARCOM = Colonel and above
• MSM = Major General and above
• LM = Lieutenant General and above
• DSM = U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Who can make recommendations for an award?
Any person having knowledge of an outstanding act or achievement

To whom is the Purple Heart awarded?
To anyone, military or civilian, wounded or killed in action against an armed enemy

What is the second highest award for valor?
The Distinguished Service Cross

What was the first medal awarded in the U.S. Army?
The Purple Heart

In the order of precedence, what are the Unit Decorations that can be awarded to a U.S. Army Unit?
1. Presedential Unit Citation
2. Joint Meritorious Unit Award
3. Valorous Unit Award
4. Meritorious Unit Commendation
5. Superior Unit Award
6. Citation in Orders

What was the Purple Heart initially awarded for?
It was awarded for valor in the revolutionary war

What is a DA Form 4950?
Good Conduct Medal Certificate

What decoration has George Washington's picture on it?
The Purple Heart

Who is the approving authority for the Army Achievement Medal?
The battalion commander

What is a DA Form 87?
Certificate of Training

What words are inscribed on the reverse side of the AAM?
For Military Achievement

What words are inscribed on the reverse side of the ARCOM?
For Military Merit

What is a Fourragere?
A ropelike device worn to signify the award of a foreign decoration

When can a unit award be worn?
When serving with a unit that received an award or if you were assigned to the unit when the award was assigned

Name the four Special Skills Tabs.
1. Ranger
2. Special Forces
3. Presidents Hundred
4. Sapper

What Army Regulation covers the wear and appearance of the military uniform?
AR 670-1

Name three appurtenances
1. Oak leaf clusters
2. V-Devices
3. Numbers

What DA Form is used to recommend /request an award?
DA Form 638

What Army Regulation governs Awards and Decorations?
AR 600-8-22

When was the Medal of Honor established?

Why is the Purple Heart different than all the other decorations?
You cannot be recommended for the Purple Heart; instead you must meet specific criteria

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