5/16 inch star

​5⁄16 Inch Star
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​ 5⁄16 Inch Star (gold)
Awarded by United States
Type Ribbon device
Awarded for to denote a subsequent decoration.[1]
Status Currently in use
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​5⁄16 Inch Star (silver)

A ​5⁄16 Inch Star (9.7mm) is a miniature gold or silver five-pointed star that is authorized by the United States Armed Forces as a ribbon device to denote subsequent awards for specific decorations of the Department of the Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[1][2][3][4] A (​5⁄16 inch) gold star indicates a second or subsequent decoration, while a (​5⁄16 inch) silver star is worn in lieu of five (​5⁄16 inch) gold stars.

A (​5⁄16 inch) silver star is not to be confused with representing a Silver Star Medal (Silver Star).[5]

​5⁄16 inch star usage

​5⁄16 inch stars are worn on a medal suspension and service ribbon with one point of the star pointing up. Up to five stars can be worn on a ribbon. There are no higher degrees of ​5⁄16 inch stars authorized after five silver ​5⁄16 inch stars.[1] On miniature medals, a special ​1⁄8 inch star is worn on the medal's suspension ribbon in lieu of a ​5⁄16 inch star.[6] If the number of authorized ​5⁄16 inch stars exceeds five, a second service ribbon is worn after the first service ribbon. The second service ribbon counts as one additional personal award, after which more stars may be added to the second ribbon. If future awards reduce the number of stars worn on the first ribbon due to gold ​5⁄16 inch stars being replaced by a silver ​5⁄16 inch star, the second service ribbon is removed and the appropriate number of star devices are placed on the first service ribbon. When bronze or gold stars or bronze oak leaf cluster attachments are worn in addition to a silver star or silver oak leaf attachment, the bronze or gold stars (bronze oak leaf clusters) are arranged symmetrically on the ribbon in relation to the centered silver device. For example: The first star (cluster) to the wearer's right of the centered silver device; the second to the wearer's left, etc.[7]

Examples

The following are examples of the first through twenty-sixth awards of a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with the gold and silver ​5⁄16 inch stars:

First award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon.svg
Second award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 2nd award.svg
Third award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 3rd award.svg
Fourth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 4th award.svg
Fifth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 5th award.svg
Sixth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 6th award.svg
Seventh award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 7th award.svg
Eighth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 8th award.svg
Ninth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 9th award.svg
Tenth award
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Eleventh award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 11th award.svg
Twelfth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 12th award.svg
Thirteenth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 13th award.svg
Fourteenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Fifteenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Sixteenth award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 16th award.svg
Seventeenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Eighteenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Nineteenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Twentieth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Twenty-first award Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon, 21st award.svg
Twenty-second award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Twenty-third award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Twenty-fourth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Twenty-fifth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Twenty-sixth award
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star

Authorized decorations

​5⁄16 inch stars are authorized for wear on the following United States Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decorations (​5⁄16 inch stars are not authorized for wear on non-decorations) when a subsequent decoration is awarded to members of the seven uniformed services: the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The US Army and US Air Force uses an oak leaf cluster to indicate a subsequent decoration (olc's are also authorized for wear on some non-decorations); a bronze oak leaf cluster is equivalent to a gold ​5⁄16 inch star and a silver oak leaf cluster is equivalent to a silver ​5⁄16 inch star.

Navy and Marine Corps personnel[1] Coast Guard personnel[2] Public Health Service personnel[3] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel[8] Army and Air Force personnel[9][10]
Navy Cross Coast Guard Cross
Navy or Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Navy or Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Navy, Coast Guard, or PHS Distinguished Service Medal Navy, Coast Guard, or PHS Distinguished Service Medal; Commerce Gold Medal Navy or Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal Silver Star Silver Star Medal Silver Star Medal
Commerce Silver Medal
Legion of Merit Legion of Merit Legion of Merit Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross
Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Coast Guard Medal
Bronze Star Medal Bronze Star Medal Bronze Star Medal Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart Medal Purple Heart Medal Purple Heart Purple Heart
Commerce Bronze Medal
Navy or Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal Navy or Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal Navy, Coast Guard, PHS, or NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal Navy, Coast Guard, PHS, or NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal Navy or Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal
Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal or NOAA Administrator's Award NOAA Administrator's Award or Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps, Coast Guard, PHS, and NOAA Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps, Coast Guard, PHS, and NOAA Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps, Coast Guard, PHS, and NOAA Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps, Coast Guard, PHS, and NOAA Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon Public Health Service Citation, Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and NOAA Director's Ribbon NOAA Director's Ribbon, Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and Public Health Service Citation

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Department of Defense Manual 1348.33 Volume 3" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. Department of Defense. 23 November 2010. pp. 16, 52–53. Archived from the original (pdf) on 26 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Medals and Awards Manual COMDTINST M1650.25D" (PDF). United States Coast Guard CG-612 Directives and Publications Division. May 2008. pp. 1–16. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Commissioned Corps Instruction CC26.3.3 Wear of Ribbons and Medals" (PDF). Commissioned Corps Management Information System website. United States Public Health Service. 28 August 2008. p. 12. Archived from the original (pdf) on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ "NOAA Corps Directives, Chapter 12 PART 6 - Insignia, Medals, and Ribbon Bars" (PDF). Commissioned Corps Personnel Center. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Department of Defense Manual 1348.33 Volume 3" (PDF). Department of Defense Technical Information Center. 20 June 2019 [21 December 2016]. pp. 11–13. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1650.1H, dated 22 August 2006, Subject: Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, paragraph 123.
  7. ^ United States Navy Uniform Regulations Manual, art. 5316.2.d.
  8. ^ "NOAA Corps Directives Chapter 12 Part 7-Awards" (PDF). Commissioned Corps Personnel Center. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  9. ^ Army Regulation 600-8-22 Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Air Force Instruction 36-2803 Archived 2013-02-16 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • "Army Awards". Americal Division Veterans Association. 1995. Archived from the original on June 4, 2004. Retrieved 2015-12-16.

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