Criteria: Successful completion of normal overseas tours not recognized by any other service award.
Devices: Bronze Numeral
The Army Overseas Service Ribbon was established by the Secretary of the Army on April 10, 1981. Effective August 1, 1981, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon is awarded to all members of the Active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve in an active Reserve status for successful completion of overseas tours if the tour is not recognized by the award of another service or campaign medal. The ribbon may be awarded retroactively to personnel who were credited with a normal overseas tour completion before August 1, 1981, provided they had an Active Army status on or after August 1, 1981. Subsequent tours will be indicated by the use of numerals with the basic ribbon representing the first tour, the bronze numeral “2” denoting the second tour, the numeral “3” the third, etc.