Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for distinct recognition who are serving, or have served service in
- or contiguous waters or airspace
retroactively from 15 June 2014 to future date to be determined.
Executive Order 30 March 2016
- Service by military personnel in direct support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), in the designated Area of Eligibility (AOE), which encompasses all land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous water out to 12 nautical miles, and all air space above these waters and land area.
- The period of eligibility is from 15 June 2014 to a date to be determined. Service Members who qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) between 15 June 2014 and 30 March 2016 within the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal AOE remain qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. However, any such Service Members may elect the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Effective 31 March 2016, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is the only award authorized for service in the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal AOE.
- Service Members must have been permanently assigned, attached, or detailed to a unit operating in the AOE for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days, or meet one of the following criteria:
- Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of time in the AOE.
- Be wounded, killed, or injured while participating in an operation or on official duties that required medical evacuation from the AOE. Non-combat medical evacuation does meet the qualification criteria.
- Participate as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown into, out of, within, or over the AOE shall count as one day toward the 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive day requirement.
- Under no condition shall personnel or units receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal for the same action, time period, or service (i.e., single deployment or tour in designated operation area).
- U.S. Public Health Service Officers are eligible for the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal on the same basis as members of the Armed Forces.
- Civilian and foreign personnel are not eligible for the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.
The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously to any person covered by and under regulations prescribed in accordance with the eligibility requirements.
Order of Precedence
The The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is worn after the Iraq Campaign Medal and before the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
- Service Members are only presented the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal upon initial award.
- A separate bronze campaign star is worn on the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal ribbon to recognize each designated campaign phase in which a Service Member participated for one or more days. The currently approved Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal campaign phases and inclusive dates are:
Campaign Phase Inclusive Dates Abeyance: 15 Jun 2014 – 24 Nov 2015 Intensification: 25 Nov 2015 – TBD
- Campaign Stars. A bronze 3/16 inch five-pointed star.
- FMF Combat Operations Insignia. A miniature bronze Marine Corps emblem authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for U.S. Navy Service Members assigned to Marine Corps units that participate in combat during the assignment.
- Arrowhead Device. A bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4 inch high that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force.