Service: All Services
Instituted: 1961 Qualifying Dates: 1958 to present Criteria: Participation in military operations not covered by specific war
Dates: July 1, 1968 to Present
Criteria: Participation in military operations not covered by specific war medal.
Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver Star; Army: Bronze Arrowhead; Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was authorized on December 4, 1961 to any member of the United States Armed Forces for U.S. military operations, U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations after July 1, 1958.
Operations that qualify for this medal are authorized in specific orders. Participating personnel must have served at least 30 consecutive (60 nonconsecutive) days in the qualifying operation or less if the operation was less than 30 days in length.
The medal may also be authorized for individuals who do not meet the basic criteria but who do merit special recognition for their service in the designated operation.
This medal was initially awarded for Vietnam service between July 1, 1958 and July 3, 1965; an individual awarded the medal for this period of Vietnam service may elect to keep the award or request the Vietnam Service Medal in its place.