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A unit citation is a formal, honorary mention by high authority of a military unit's specific and outstanding performance, notably in battle.

Similar mentions can also be made for individual soldiers.

Alternatively or concurrently, the unit can be awarded an honorary title, a mention on the flag or a decoration.

In France, since 1916, the fourragère (an ornamental colored cord) is worn on the uniform by the members of a unit which had received several citations.

Unit citations by countryEdit




South KoreaEdit

South VietnamEdit


United StatesEdit

In order of precedence:

All branches Army Navy/Marines Air Force Coast Guard Individual
Presidential Unit Citation - - - - Distinguished Service Cross
Navy Cross
Air Force Cross
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Valorous Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation Gallant Unit Citation Coast Guard Unit Commendation Defense Superior Service Medal (JMUA)
Silver Star (VUA)
Meritorious Unit Commendation - - Air Force Meritorious Unit Award - Legion of Merit (AFMUA)
none Superior Unit Award none Outstanding Unit Award Meritorious Team Commendation Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon (MTC)

Sources and referencesEdit

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré, 1951 (in French)

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