Sept. 13, 2022 —
ALCGPSC 111/22 corrects the criteria for award of the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
R 121447Z SEP 22
FM COMCOGARD PSC WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ: CORRECTION TO THE COAST GUARD MILITARY MEDALS AND AWARDS MANUAL,
COMDTINST 1650.25E; ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL
A. Coast Guard Military Medals and Awards Manual, COMDTINST M1650.25E
1. Pending the release of a revision to reference (a), this message corrects
the errors in the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Chapter 5, Paragraph A.24
2. The following is the appropriate language and numbering of the Armed Forces
Reserve Medal, Chapter 5, Paragraph A.24, of the manual:
a. Eligibility requirements. The Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM) is awarded
for honorable and satisfactory service as a member or former member of one or more
of the reserve components of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the
Coast Guard Reserve, as follows:
(1) For satisfactory service for a period of 10 years. Such years of service
must have been performed within a period of 12 consecutive years. Service in a regular
component of the Armed Forces is excluded, except active duty service performed
by members of a reserve component will be included. Any period during which
reserve service is interrupted by one or more of the following will be excluded
in computing, but will not be considered as a break in the period of 12 years:
(a) Service in a regular component of the Armed Forces.
(b) During tenure of office by a state official chosen by the voters of the
entire state, territory, or possession.
(c) During tenure of office as a member of the legislative body of the United
States or of any state, territory, or possession.
(d) While serving as Judge of a Court of Record of the United States or of any
state, territory, possession, or the District of Columbia.
(2) On or after 1 August 1990, the member was called to active duty and served
under U.S. Code, Title 10, Sections 12301(A), 12302, 12304, 12406, or Chapter 15, or,
in the case of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 14 USC 712.
(3) On or after 1 August 1990, the member volunteered and served on active duty
in support of specific U.S. military operations or contingencies designated by the
Secretary of Defense, as defined in 10 USC 101(A)(13).
b. Devices and method of wearing. The following devices are authorized for wear
on the AFRM:
(1) Mobilization ("M") device. The "M" device is authorized for members who
qualified for the AFRM under subparagraphs 5.24.a.(2) through (3), above. Coast
Guard Reserve members who receive orders changing their duty status or legal
authority under which they perform duty, their duty location, or assignment to
support a contingency operation are eligible for the award.
(2) Hourglass device. The 10-year hourglass device is authorized for wear on the
AFRM to denote each succeeding 10-year period as follows:
(a) A bronze hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the first, 10-year
(b) A silver hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the second, 10-
(c) A gold hourglass will be awarded upon completion of the third, 10-year
(d) A gold hourglass, followed by a bronze hourglass, will be awarded upon
completion of the fourth, 10-year period.
(3) If the "M" device is not authorized, the appropriate hourglass will be
positioned in the center of the ribbon. If the hourglass is not authorized, the "M" device
will be positioned in the center of the ribbon, followed by Arabic numerals indicating
the number of times the device has been awarded, starting with the second award. No
number is worn for the first award. If both devices are authorized, the "M"
device will be positioned in the center of the ribbon, the hourglass or hourglasses
positioned on the wearer's right, and the number of times the "M" device has
been awarded on the wearer's left.
c. Issuance, procurement, and verification of entitlement. Unit commanding
officers are delegated the authority to award the AFRM to eligible personnel. Commands
unable to verify qualifying service for individuals claiming entitlement to this
medal ho have not received it may submit requests for verification and issuance to
3. The correction announced by this message will be incorporated in a future
update to reference (a).
4. Questions regarding any information provided by this message may be submitted
5. RDML D. C. Barata, Commander, CG Personnel Service Center, sends.
6. Internet release is authorized.