Military Medals: Honoring Bravery and Service

The United States military issues awards for gallantry, meritorious service, achievement and good conduct. From the Medal of Honor to the training ribbon a soldier receives upon completing basic training, each is earned by a strict set of criteria. Soldiers of all branches display their decorations on their Class-A or dress uniforms, and those wearing dress uniforms have the option of wearing the full medals instead of just the ribbons. Medal of Honor recipients even have the honor of wearing their medal in civilian clothes. All medals require recommendation by a member of the soldier’s chain of command or a member of the armed services having first hand knowledge of the achievement.