Service: Air Force
Criteria: Awarded for specific periods of qualifying service in a combat or mission-ready status
Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf cluster
Authorized on March 9, 1964. Awarded for periods of qualifying service in a combat or mission ready status for direct weapon system employment. An individual must be a member of a unit subject to combat readiness reporting under Joint Chiefs of Staff requirements, must have completed all prerequisite training and be certified as combat or mission ready in performing the unit’s mission and must be subject to a continuous individual positional evaluation program.
An oak leaf cluster attachment is awarded for each additional 24 months of combat ready status provided there is no break greater than 120 days.