Posted on Nov 13, 2014
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So let's say GS9 Snuffy is recalled to active duty. Snuffy has several DOD medals for Civilian Service, and other Agency medals issued by the US Gov? Some have ribbons. Can/Should Snuffy wear them on uniform? Why?
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AR 670-1 identifies US non-military awards as having the third highest precedence (higher than campaign, service, and training ribbons). US non-military unit awards are sixth highest (higher than foreign awards such as the NATO medal). Both are higher than State awards for USARNG Soldiers.
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MAJ Keira Brennan
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Always nice to see a someone who knows what the hell they talking about!
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MAJ Keira Brennan - Seriously, Ma'am. Good input, MSG Harvey.
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AR 670-1 Chapter 29 section 29-6, c. U.S. non-military decorations. U.S. non-military decorations authorized for wear on Army uniforms are listed below in their order of precedence. Personnel will wear other U.S. non-military (Federal agency) decorations based upon date of receipt. If more than one decoration is awarded by the same agency, the decorations are worn in the order of precedence, as established by the awarding agency. Personnel will not wear U.S. non-military decorations that duplicate recognition for service or an act for which a military decoration has already been awarded. Awards given by a jurisdiction inferior to the Federal Government are not authorized for wear on the Army uniform, except as specified in paragraph j, below.

(1) Presidential Medal of Freedom.
(2) Presidential Citizen’s Medal.
(3) President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Award. (4) Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
(5) Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.
(6) Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
(7) Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.
(8) Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. (9) NASA Space Flight Medal.
(10) Public Health Service Commendation Medal. (11) Public Health Service Achievement Medal. (12) Department of State Superior Honor Award. (13) Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. (14) Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
(15) Superior Civilian Service Award.
(16) Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
(17) Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

As a current MilTech employee I think you should be authorized. As a Miltech you are a Reservist and a Army civilian at the same time. You are still serving your country and doing a full time job that would be done in uniform, but without wearing the uniform. You still have to partake in missions and readiness, those apartments should be on the uniform and there is already a section of the regulation stating so.
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I was awarded the Non-Article 5 NATO medal while in Afghanistan as a DAC. What would the precedence be for this one? Seems strange to have one campaign medal positioned apart from the others.
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MAJ Bradley Hayes
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I had no idea and am glad I just stumbled on this conversation. I am a current Army Reservist and proudly wear all my OIF medals on my ribbon rack from my first deployment (Baghdad ‘03-04). However, I received numerous civilian medals from my OEF deployment as a DAC (Kandahar, ‘10-11) that I have never worn. I alasts wondered why the medal sets included ribbons if I couldn’t wear them on my uniform. Thanks for helping clear this up!
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