Coast Guard Restricted Duty Mini-Ribbon
Instituted: 1984 Criteria: Successful completion of a tour of duty at remote shore stations (LORAN stations, light ships, etc.) without family. Devices: Bronze, Silver Star The Restricted Duty Ribbon is a decoration of the United States Coast Guard which was first created on March 3, 1984. The award recognizes those Coast Guard personnel who have completed an unaccompanied duty tour in which dependents were not eligible. Standard unaccompanied duty tours are normally one to two years in length and occur in remote duty locations such as Greenland and the Arctic. In such cases, where a service member is assigned without his or her family, the duty status is known as 'unaccompanied.' The Restricted Duty Ribbon is awarded at the conclusion of the unaccompanied tour. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the United States military to award a decoration for the completion of unaccompanied duty tours. Additional awards of the Restricted Duty Ribbon are denoted by bronze and silver service stars.