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Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal


Medal: A bronze color metal disc 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in diameter bearing on the obverse a demi-torch (as on the Statue of Liberty) on a burst of rays encircled at top by a scroll inscribed “SUPPORTING FREEDOM” and all enclosed in base by a wreath of laurel. On the reverse, three crossed arrows points up and the inscription “ARMED FORCES CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL.”

Ribbon: The medal is suspended from a ribbon 1 3/8 inches in width consisting of 1/4” Bluebird, 1/8” Goldenlight, 1/8” Mosstone, 3/8” Jungle Green, 1/8” Mosstone, 1/8” Goldenlight and1/4” Bluebird.


The torch, adapted from the Statue of Liberty, represents the principles of democracy as well as leadership and guidance, while the inscribed scroll echoes the ideals of freedom and democracy. The wreath of laurel is for honor and achievement. The crossed arrows are adapted from the seal of the Department of Defense. Green denotes life and growth, medium blue is the color used by the Department of Defense, and gold is for honor.

Eligibility and Criteria
See Army Regulation 672-20, Incentive Awards


The Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal (AFCSM) was established to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of the Department of Defense civilian workforce in directly supporting the military forces, whose members are engaged in military operations of a prolonged peacekeeping or humanitarian nature. The AFCSM symbolizes the importance the Department of Defense attaches to civilian service and recognizes the value of civilian service in helping to accomplish our Nation’s objectives. This award honors those employees who support designated operations under the same or similar conditions as our military members, thereby strengthening the unique partnership between our uniformed members and the civilian workforce. The Deputy Secretary of Defense approved the establishment of the medal on 22 August 1997. It ranks directly below the Secretary of the Army Award for Outstanding Achievement in Materiel Acquisition. This award consists of a bronze medal and lapel button. A service ribbon and miniature size medal are also available.

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