Criteria: Awarded for successful completion of initial entry training. It is retroactive for completion prior to 1981 for only those who had an active status as of that date.
The Army Service ribbon was established on April 10, 1981 by the Secretary of the Army and is awarded to members of the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard for successful completion of initial-entry training. It may also be awarded retroactively to those personnel who completed the required training before August 1, 1981. Officers will be awarded this ribbon upon successful completion of their basic/orientation or higher level course. Enlisted soldiers will be awarded the ribbon upon successful completion of their initial MOS-producing course. Officer or Enlisted personnel assigned to a specialty, special skill identifier or MOS based on civilian or other service acquired skills, will be awarded the ribbon upon honorable completion of four months active service. Since only one award is authorized, no devices are worn with this ribbon.