Posted on Mar 22, 2014
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Hello all,
I had some questions regarding the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal. I'm promotable in June and I'm looking for points anywhere I can get them. The way I understand the ARCAM is it is awarded upon completion of 3 years of service with no disciplinary action being taken. Is that 3 years of service or 3 years with my current unit? I enlisted in November of 2010 but won't have served 3 years with my unit until January. Also, if I meet the eligibility requirements, is it still up to the commander's discretion to award it? Thanks for your help.
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CSM Michael Poll
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1. Between 3 March 1972 and 28 March 1995, the ARCAM was authorized on completion of 4 years of service with a Reserve Component unit. A qualifying year of service is one in which a Reserve Soldier earns a minimum of 50 retirement points during his/her retirement year. Qualifying service for computation purposes is based only by retirement ending year dates.


2. Effective 28 March 1995, the period of qualifying service for award of the ARCAM was reduced from 4 years to 3 years. That is, Soldiers completing 3 years of qualified service on or after 28 March 1995 are eligible for ARCAM consideration. This change is not retroactive



Your profile on HRC or your 2-1 will give you your eligibility date

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SSG Raymond Tobin
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SPC Miller,

It is awarded for 3 years of service, non-unit specific. use AR 600-8-22 for further info.
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3 years of service in your respective component. Anyone, including yourself, can recommend you for the award if you meet the criteria. Typically units will do "blanket awards" for all personnel in the unit who have met the requirements on an annual basis.
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