Obverse: On the obverse is an American eagle with wings displayed and inverted, standing on a closed book and a Roman sword. Encircling this are the words “EFFICIENCY HONOR FIDELITY” at the medal’s outer edge.
Reverse: The reverse has a five-pointed star above a blank scroll suitable for engraving the recipient’s name. Above the star are the words, “FOR GOOD” and below the scroll “CONDUCT.” It is encircled by a wreath of laurel and olive leaves.
The ribbon is predominantly light blue with a thin stripe of dark blue, thin stripe of white, thin stripe of red and a thin stripe of light blue at the edge.
See AFI36-2803 (Air Force Military Awards and Decorations Program).
The Air Force Good Conduct Medal was authorized by Congress on July 6, 1960. However, it was not created until June 1, 1963 when the Secretary of the Air Force established it. The medal was designed by Joseph Kiselewski. The medal is awarded to Air Force enlisted during a three-year period of active military service or for a one-year period of service during wartime. Airmen awarded this medal must have had character and efficiency ratings of excellent or higher and must not have been convicted by court-martial throughout the qualifying period.