Armed Forces Service Medal Miniature

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Service: All Services

Instituted: 1995

Dates: 1995 to Present

Criteria: Participation in military operations not covered by a specific war medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver Star

Authorized on January 11, 1996 for U.S. military personnel who, on or after June 1, 1992, participate in a U.S. military operation deemed to be a significant activity in which no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action is encountered and for which no previous U.S. service medal is authorized.

The medal can be awarded to service members in direct support of the United Nations or North Atlantic Treaty Organization and for assistance operations to friendly nations.

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