The Operational Distinguishing Device is a military device of the United States Coast Guard which may be authorized for wear on certain personal and unit awards. It is a silver "O" device, either centered on the suspension and service ribbon of the medal or unit award ribbon, or to the middle-right if there are an even number of letter devices on the ribbon. Any authorized gold 5/16 inch stars alternate around the “O” device. The first star is placed to the wearer’s right of the ”O” device. The second star is placed to the left of the “O” device. Only one "O" device may be worn per ribbon.
Eligibility criteria are based on a member's or unit's direct participation in missions of an operational "hands on" nature. To qualify for this device on a decoration, both the person's work and unit must be operational in nature.
The decision to authorize an Operational Distinguishing Device is made by the award approving authority, giving a wide discretion as to what actions may qualify.
Awards[edit | edit source]
The Operational Distinguishing Device may be authorized for wear on the following:
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Coast Guard Commendation Medal
- Coast Guard Achievement Medal
- Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon
- Coast Guard Unit Commendation
- Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
- Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- DoD Awards Manual, 2010, 1348.33, V3, P. 1, 1. (2), "service devices"
- COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION M1020.6F UNIFORM REGULATIONS MANUAL
- COMDTINST M1650.25D, Medals and Awards Manual, Chapter 1, Table 1
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