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516 Inch Star
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Gold and Silver 516 Inch Stars
Awarded by United States
Type Ribbon device
Awarded for Worn to denote subsequent decorations and awards.[1]
Status Currently in use

A 516 inch star is a miniature metal device worn by members of the seven uniformed services of the United States on medals and ribbons issued by the Department of the Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to denote subsequent decorations and awards.[1][2][3][4] It is gold or silver in appearance, 516 inches in height. A gold star represents one additional award, while a silver star is worn in lieu of five gold stars.

The silver 516 inch star may be confused with the Silver Star medal, which is an individual decoration for gallantry in action.

Wear and examples[edit]

516 inch stars are worn with one point of the star pointing up. Up to five gold or silver stars can be worn on a service ribbon of a decoration or award. There are no higher degrees of 516 inch stars authorized after five silver 516 inch stars.[1] On miniature medals, a special 18 inch star is worn on the medal's suspension ribbon in lieu of a 516 inch star.[5] If the number of authorized 516 inch stars exceeds five, a second ribbon is authorized for wear and is worn after the first ribbon. The second ribbon counts as one additional 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 516 inch stars being replaced by a silver 516 inch star, the second ribbon is removed and the appropriate number of devices is placed on the first ribbon. The sequence of gold and silver 516 inch stars for the first through twenty-sixth awards of a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal would be as follows:

First award
Second award
Gold star
Third award
Gold star
Gold star
Fourth award
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Fifth award
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Sixth award
Silver star
Seventh award
Silver star
Gold star
Eighth award
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Ninth award
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Tenth award
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Eleventh award
Silver star
Silver star
Twelfth award
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Thirteenth award
Silver star
Silver star
Gold star
Gold star
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
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
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
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
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

Decorations and awards[edit]

When authorized, 516 inch stars may be worn on United States Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decorations and awards issued to service members of the following seven uniformed services: the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Navy and Marine Corps personnel[1] Coast Guard personnel[2] PHS personnel[3] NOAA personnel[6] Army and Air Force personnel[7][8]
Navy Cross Navy Cross Navy Cross Navy Cross Navy Cross
Commerce Gold Medal
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 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, or PHS Meritorious Service Medal, or NOAA Administrator’s Award Navy, Coast Guard, or PHS Meritorious Service Medal, or NOAA Administrator’s Award Navy or Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal
Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal 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
Public Health Service Citation and NOAA Director's Ribbon Public Health Service Citation and NOAA Director's Ribbon

The Army and Air Force use oak leaf clusters to indicate subsequent awards. Bronze oak leaf clusters are equivalent to gold 516 inch stars, while silver oak leaf clusters are equivalent to silver 516 inch stars.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Medals and Awards Manual COMDTINST M1650.25D". [http://www.uscg.mil/directives United States Coast Guard CG-612 Directives and Publications Division website. 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. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "NOAA Corps Directives, Chapter 12 PART 6 - Insignia, Medals, and Ribbon Bars". Commissioned Corps Personnel Center. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1650.1H, dated 22 August 2006, Subject: Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, paragraph 123.
  6. ^ "NOAA Corps Directives Chapter 12 Part 7-Awards". Commissioned Corps Personnel Center. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Army Regulation 600-8-22
  8. ^ Air Force Instruction 36-2803

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