National Defense Military Ribbon
- This Item Is Manufactured By A US Factory Certified By The Institute Of Heraldry
- Established: April 22, 1953
- HonorableActive Duty Service In Any Of The Following Periods: June 27, 1950 ToJuly 27, 1954, January 1, 1961 To August 14, 1974, Or August 2, 1990 toNovember 30, 1995
- Ribbon Mounts Sold Separately
- GSA Compliant
- Berry Compliant
- TheRibbon Is 1 3/8 Inches Wide And Consists Of The Following Stripes: 7/16Inch Scarlet 67111; 1/32 Inch White 67101; 1/32 Inch Old Glory Blue67178; 1/32 Inch White; 1/32 Inch Scarlet; Center Inch Golden Yellow67104; 1/32 Inch Scarlet; 1/32 Inch White; 1/32 Inch Old Glory Blue;1/32 Inch White; And 7/16 Inch Scarlet
- NSN 8455-00-264-1478
The National Defense Service ribbon/medal was awarded for honorable active service for any period between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954; between 1 January 1961 and 14 August 1974; between 2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995 and between 11 September 2001 and a closing date to be determined. For the purpose of the award, the following persons will not be considered as performing active service: Guard and Reserve forces personnel on short tours of duty to fulfill training obligations under an inactive duty training program. Any person on active duty for the sole purpose of undergoing a physical examination. Any person on temporary active duty to serve on boards, courts, commissions and like organizations or on active duty for purposes other than extended active duty. A one time only exception, for members of the Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve, who were part of the selected reserve in good standing, was authorized, per executive orders 12778, dated 18 October 1991, for the period 2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995.
The National Defense Service ribbon/medal may be awarded to members of the Reserve Components who are ordered to Federal active duty, regardless of duration, except for the categories listed above. Any member of the Guard or Reserve who, after 31 December 1960, becomes eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary ribbon/medal, Vietnam Service ribbon/medal or the Southwest Asia Service ribbon/medal is also eligible for the National Defense Service ribbon/medal.
To signify receipt of a second or subsequent award of the NDSM, a bronze service star will be worn on the service ribbon by U.S. Army personnel so qualified. Second or third award of the NDSM is authorized for soldiers who served in one or more of the four qualifying time periods. It is not authorized for soldiers who met the criteria in one time period, left active duty and returned during the same period of eligibility.
Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy are eligible for the NDSM, during any of the inclusive periods listed above, upon completion of the swearing-in ceremonies as a cadet.
The NDSM may be issued posthumously.