Service: Coast Guard
Criteria: Outstanding proficiency, leadership and conduct during three years of enlisted service
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
The Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal was authorized 12 December 1923 to recognize superior duty performance by enlisted Coast Guardsmen for a four year service period. In 1934 the time changed to conform to the Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals three year period of service. Originally, the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal was attached to a 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon suspended from a rectangular top bar inscribed: U.S. Coast Guard.
In 1999 the USCG’s Uniform Board changed the reverse side wording to say, HONOR and RESPECT at the top and DEVOTION TO DUTY on the bottom. The new obverse is identical to the second style except that it is one and a half inches in diameter. The ribbon is maroon with a central stripe of white. Additional awards are denoted by bronze and silver stars.