International military decoration authorized by the US military

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An international decoration is a military award which is not bestowed by a particular country, but rather by an international organization such as the United Nations or NATO. Such awards are normally issued as service medals, for participation in various international military operations, and not for specific acts of heroism or bravery.

The following is a list of the most commonly recognized international military decorations that has been or is currently awarded to members of the United States military. Such awards are always worn after all United States decorations, but before all Foreign decorations.

The list below is by no means comprehensive, but does display the awards which have been bestowed to U.S. service members by international organizations.

United Nations[edit]

Main article: United Nations Medal
United Nations Service Medal for Korea Ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
United Nations Medal.svg United Nations Medal
UNMIH.svg United Nations Haiti Medal
UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif United Nations Yugoslavia Medal
UNOSOM.png United Nations Somalia Medal


The Assistant Secretary of Defense approved a change to the policy of the wear of United Nations Medals. Effective on 13 October 1995, any US military personnel who is awarded a United Nations Medal may wear the ribbon of the first UN medal for which they qualify. Subsequent awards of the United Nations Medal for service in a different mission is noted by adding a bronze service star to the current ribbon. No more than one UN medal or ribbon may be worn at a time.

NATO[edit]

Main article: NATO Medal

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal [1]
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg Yugoslavia service medal
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg Kosovo service
NATO Macedonia Medal Ribbon.png Macedonia Medal
NATO Medal Non-Article 5 - Operations in the Balkans.png Operations Eagle Assist and Active Endeavor service (Article 5)
NATO Medal Non-Article 5 - Operations in the Balkans.png Operations in the Balkans
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg Afghanistan service (Non-Article 5)


To date the following medals are the only NATO Medals authorized for wear by the US military personnel.

Members may accept, but may not wear the NATO Macedonia Medal and the NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for service in Iraq, under the NTM-I.

Multinational Force and Observers[edit]

MFO Medal ribbon.png Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Inter-American Defense Board[edit]

Inter-american defense board medal ribbon.svg Inter-American Defense Board Medal [2]

SICOFAA[edit]

System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces

SICOFAA Legion of Merit Gentleman.png SICOFAA Legion of Merit Gentleman
SICOFAA Legion of Merit.jpg SICOFAA Legion of Merit Officer
SICOFAA Legion of Merit Grand Cross.png SICOFAA Legion of Merit Grand Cross

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "NATO Meritorious Service Medal". Air Force Personnel Center. 2003-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Inter-American Defense Board Medal". IADB Regulations. 2003-09-11. 

See also[edit]

Awards and decorations of the United States military