Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
The IRCM, established by Executive Order on March 30, 2016, recognizes qualifying members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 15, 2014.
The Period of Award (POA)is from June 15, 2014, to a future terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.
The Area of Eligibility (AOE) encompasses the land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous waters of each extending out to 12 nautical miles, and the air space above the land area and contiguous waters.
Award Criteria and Eligibility Requirements
(1)The IRCM shall be awarded to each Service member who, during the POA, was
permanently assigned, attached, or detailed for 30 consecutive days or 60 non
-consecutive days to a unit operating in the AOE, or who meets one of the following criteria
regardless of time spent in the AOE:
(a) Was engaged in combat during an armed engagement.
(b)While participating in an operation or on official duties
was killed or wounded/injured and medical evacuated from the AOE.
(2) Aircrew members accrue one day of eligibility for each day they fly into, out of, within, or over the AOE.
Foreign Military Personnel
The IRCM is not authorized for foreign military personnel.
(1) Each Military Department shall
prescribe appropriate regulations for administrative processing, awarding, and wearing of the IRCM, ribbon, and appurtenances, which comply with pertinent
laws, executive orders, federal regulations, and
the policies and procedures outlined
in DoD Instruction 1348.33 and DoD Manual 1348.33-V2.
(2) Service members awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-EM)for IRCM qualifying service between June 15, 2014 and March 30, 2016,in an area for which the IRCM was authorized subsequently remain qualified for that medal.
Such members, upon application, may be awarded the IRCM in lieu of that GWOT-EM. No member shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement, or period of service
(i.e., deployment or tour in the designated operation area).
(3) Under no condition shall personnel or units receive the IRCM, GWOT-EM, or Afghanistan Campaign Medalfor the same action, time period, or service(i.e., deployment or tour in the designated operation area).
The Military Department Secretary concerned is the approval authority. Refer to specific Military Department guidance for further instructions.
The IRCM may be awarded posthumously.
Order of Precedence
The IRCM is worn after the Iraq Campaign Medal and before the GWOT-EM.
(1) Individuals are only presented an IRCM upon initial award.
(2) A separate bronze campaign star
is worn on the IRCM suspension and campaign ribbon to recognize each designated campaign phase in which the member participated for one or more days.
The IRCM campaign phases and inclusive dates
Abeyance June 15, 2014 – November 24, 2015
Intensification November 25, 2015 – TBD
(1) Campaign Stars.
A bronze or silver five-pointed star 3/16 inch in diameter.
(2) Arrowhead Device. A bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4 inch high that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force.
(3) FMF Combat Operations Insignia. A miniature bronze Marine Corps emblem that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for U.S. Navy Service members assigned to Marine Corps units that participate in combat during the assignment.
Symbolism: The decorated star panels are common in the Arabian and Moorish styles of ornament. A scorpion is a symbol for treachery and destructive forces. The eagle is a national emblem and ancient symbol of power and victory. The color combination in the ribbon was inspired by The Ishtar Gate and the color of sand.