1. Description: On a bronze metal 1 3/8 inches
(3.49 cm) in diameter above a range of mountains is a map of Afghanistan. Around the top is the inscription “AFGHANISTAN
CAMPAIGN.” On the reverse, a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head couped. Inscribed across the bottom
half of the reserve side are the three lines “FOR SERVICE” “IN” “AFGHANISTAN” all enclosed
by a laurel wreath.
2. Symbolism: Mountains dominate the landscape of Afghanistan.
The map of the country highlights the theater of operation and our commitment to Operation Enduring Freedom. The eagle, a
symbol of the United States and the American spirit, is constantly vigilant, ready to defend freedom. The rising sun embodies
a new start for Afghanistan and its road to a free and prosperous future. The laurel wreath is for honor and high achievement.
The ribbon reflects the colors of the new Afghanistan flag and the red, white and blue represent the United States and its
3. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and
consists of the following stripes: 5/64 inch Emerald 67128; 3/16 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/8 inch Black 67138; 7/32 inch White
67101; 1/32 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/32 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Old Glory Blue 67178; 1/32 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Scarlet
67111; 7/32 inch White 67101; 1/8 inch Black 67138; 3/16 inch Scarlet 67111; 5/64 inch Emerald 67128.
4. Criteria: a. Authorized to be awarded to
soldiers who deploy to Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on or after 24 October 2001 to a
date to be determined or the cessation of OEF. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan
and all air spaces above the land.
To be eligible for the award, a soldier must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in OEF for 30 consecutive days
or for 60 nonconsecutive days in Afghanistan 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 Afghanistan. 2) While participating in OEF or on official duties, regardless of time, is killed or wounded/injured
requiring medical evacuation from Afghanistan. 3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crew member flying sorties
into, out of, within, or over Afghanistan in direct support of OEF; each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance
with the criteria shall count as one day towards the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement.
The medal may be awarded posthumously to any soldier who lost his/her life while, or as a direct result of, participating
in qualifying operations, without regard to length of such service, if otherwise eligible.
Only one award of the ACM may be authorized for any individual. Service stars are not prescribed.
Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) by reasons of service between 24 October
2001 and 30 April 2005, in Afghanistan, shall remain qualified for the medal. Any such soldier may be awarded the ACM in lieu
of the GWOTEM for such service. Additionally, any such soldier authorized the arrowhead device may be awarded the ACM with
arrowhead device in lieu of the GWOTEM with arrowhead device. No soldier shall be entitled to both medals for the same act,
achievement or period of service.
5. Components: The following are authorized components
and related items:
Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/318B. NSN 8455-01-527-8027 for set which includes regular size medal and ribbon bar.
b. Medal (miniature size): MIL-DTL-3943/318B. Available commercially.
c. Ribbon: MIL-DTL-11589/593. Available commercially.
d. Lapel Button (ribbon replica): MIL-DTL-11484/312. Available commercially.
6. Background: a. Public Law 108-234, dated
28 May 2004 and Executive Order 13363, dated 29 November 2004, established the medal.
In order of precedence, the ACM will be worn before the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM) and shall directly follow the Kosovo Campaign
Medal (KCM) (i.e., KCM, ACM, ICM, GWOTEM, etc.).
c. Order of precedence and wear policy for service medals awarded to Army personnel
is contained in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1. Policy for awards, approving authority and supply of medals is contained in AR
600-8-22. The policy for display of campaign streamers on guidons/flags and supply of streamers is contained in Chapter 9,