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Awards and Commendations

Medals, ribbons, citations and badges issued and awarded by the 1st Cavalry Division to soldiers for excellence.


Army Achievement Medal, AAM
History
As an award, the Army Achievement Medal is given to those who have done something that merits acknowledgement as an achievement over their peers within the 1st Cavalry Division. This could be because of actions in combat, combat readiness, work in the S-Shops, or for any other reason that is deemed fit by command.
Prerequisites
Active service within the 1st Cavalry Division and performance warranting the issuing of the war. Approval from section leader.
Army Good Conduct Medal, AGCM
History
Soldiers are eligible for the AGCM after six months in the unit while also being in good standing.
Prerequisites
Six months service within the 1st Cavalry Division. Approval by the section leader.
Meritorious Service Medal, MSM
History
Within the 1st Cavalry Division, the MSM is awarded in kind with the AGCM, only instead of 6 months, it is awarded after 12 months.
Prerequisites
12 months active service in the community. Good standing within the unit. Approval by the section leader.
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS
History
The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation was established on August 15, 1950 and awarded by the Republic of Vietnam to units of the U.S. Armed Forces in recognition of valorous achievement in combat during the Vietnam War. The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation ribbon is red with a very wide yellow center stripe which has eight very thin double red stripes. The ribbon bar is enclosed in a gold frame with laurel leaves identical to U.S. unit awards. For more information on Vietnamese decorations and medals see The Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Vietnam and Her Allies 1950-1975 by Foster/Sylvester.
Prerequisites
Performing an act of valor or service within the unit that does not warrant the award of an Army Commendation Medal or Bronze Star. Must be approved by the CO of the service member's section.
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM ARMED FORCES HONOR MEDAL
History
The Armed Forces Honor Medal was awarded to any member of the military who actively contributed to the formation and organization of the Vietnamese military in South Vietnam and who actively participating in cadre training of Vietnamese units.[1] The medal was intended for non-combat achievements.
Prerequisites
Awarded to any 1st Cavalry member who has gone above and beyond to help shape our unit into what it is today. Approval by CO
Army Commendation Medal, ACM
History
The Army Commendation Medal, or ARCOM, it the second highest award for valor or service within the 1st Cavalry Division. It denotes an act of courage and steadfastness that is beyond that of the average member but not high enough to justify the Bronze Star. Still, in its own right, winners of this medal deserve profound respect for their accomplishments.
Prerequisites
Performing an act of valor or service within the unit that does not warrant the award of a Bronze Star. Must be approved by the CO of the service member's section.
LEGION OF MERIT MEDAL
History
Superior performance of normal duties will not alone justify award of this decoration. This military medal is not awarded for heroism, but rather service and achievement while performing duties in a key position of responsibility.
Prerequisites
Going above and beyond one's duties in the 1st Cavalry Division. Approval by Platoon Leader.
Bronze Star Medal
History
The Bronze Star, though an incredibly prestigious award in the United States Military, represents the highest possible award for valor within the 1st Cavalry Division. Achieving this displays a level of courage, selflessness and competence above and beyond that of even the finest members of this unit.
Prerequisites
Actions during combat that represent valor under fire in such a way that the Army Commendation Medal is not enough to display credit for it.

Extreme levels of dedication to the unit, whether it be participation or administrative work.

Must be approved by all the detachment leaders of the 1st Cavalry Division.