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A service medal is an award to individuals who participated in designated wars, campaigns, or expeditions, or who have fulfilled specific service requirements in a creditable manner. Service medals are sometimes referred to as Campaign medals. A campaign medal is awarded to a military member who participates in a specific military campaign whereas a service medal is awarded to everyone in the military regardless of campaign credit.
Examples of service medals
- United States
Two of the service medals currently issued by the United States Armed Forces are the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. The National Defense Service Medal is issued to a service member after joining the military service, usually after completing basic training. The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal is awarded to any active duty member of the United States military after ninety days of service.