Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Air Force personnel were issued the Army Good Conduct Medal between 1947 and 1963 and for those serving both before and after 1963, the Army and Air Force Good Conduct Medals could be worn simultaneously on an Air Force uniform.
The Air Force version is the same as the Army version, except that the suspension and service ribbons for the medals are different for each medal. The Air Force Good Conduct Medal has remained unchanged in appearance since its original design over forty years ago. Additional awards of the Air Force Good Conduct Medal are denoted by bronze or silver oak leaf clusters.
The criteria for award of the Air Force Good Conduct medal are as followed. The awarded to Air Force enlisted personnel during a three-year period of active military service or for a one-year period of service during a time of war. Airmen awarded this medal must have had character and efficiency ratings of excellent or higher. Airman throughout the qualifying period including time spent in attendance at service schools. You must not have any convictions of court martial or non-judicial punishment during this period.
In October 2005, the 97th Air Force Uniform Board met and considered discontinuing the Good Conduct Medal. Therefore with the rationale that good conduct of Airmen is the expected standard. Hence it’s not an exceptional occurrence worthy of recognition. By May 2008, however, Air Force officials began reconsidering the policy. On 11 February 2009, the medal was reinstated and made retroactive to 8 February 2006, with all eligible recipients being awarded the medal automatically.
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