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- My guess is that when service stars are issued to entire ships, they are called battle stars. I.e., "that ship recieved five battle stars". But, when worn by a person on ana ctual ribbon, they would be service stars ("he has the Southwest Service Medal with two service stars"). According to award and decoration regs, the "offical" name is service star but service stars are called by a variety of names. -Husnock 22:09, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
Service vs. Award Star
September 01, 2005 Is there a difference between a Service star and an award star? They appear to be referring to the identical thing. Anyone able to clear this up and/or fix? -unsigned anon user
- Award Stars are for meritorious medals issued by the Navy such as the Navy Achievement Medal. Service stars are for service medals and ribbons, such as the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Award stars are only issued by the Department of the Navy whereas, for other services, oak leaf clusters are issued. -Husnock 03:13, 2 September 2005 (UTC)
Battle Stars & Service Star
Unfortunatelt there is a mass of confusion regarding Battle Stars and Service Stars. Part of this is caused by the different award terminology used by the Army and Navy. In some instances, an Army Battle Star is the same as a Navy Service Star and simple signifies the awarding of an additional ribbon or medal that it is worn on. (ie. A National Defense Medal with one star means the person was awarded two National Defense Medals)
However, as far as the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is concerned, the Battle Stars and Service Stars ARE NOT THE SAME THING! Yet thousands of individuals, and this Wiki article, fail to recognize the difference.
As a Wiki rookie, what needs to be done to ammend this article?
REFERENCE: MARADMIN 129/04 8. DEVICES: ONLY ONE AWARD OF THIS MEDAL MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL, THEREFORE, NO DEVICES (SERVICE STARS) ARE AUTHORIZED.
A. BATTLE STARS MAY BE APPLICABLE FOR PERSONNEL WHO WERE ENGAGED IN ACTUAL COMBAT AGAINST THE ENEMY UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING GRAVE DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY FROM ENEMY ACTION.
NAVADMIN 090/04 6. BATTLE STARS. BATTLE STARS MAY BE APPLICABLE FOR PERSONNEL WHO WERE ENGAGED IN ACTUAL COMBAT AGAINST THE ENEMY AND UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING GRAVE DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY FROM ENEMY ACTION.
(Air Force) 252010Z MAY 04 (A) BATTLE STARS MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR ON THE GWOT EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL BY PERSONNEL WHO WERE ENGAGED IN ACTUAL COMBAT AGAINST THE ENEMY UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING GRAVE DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY FROM ENEMY ACTION.
PUBLISHED ARTICLES: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2004/n02262004_200402264.html Defense Department Introduces Global War on Terrorism Medals American Forces Press Service "Individuals engaged in actual combat may be eligible for battle stars on the expeditionary medal."
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforcemedals/a/AFGWOT.htm Air Force Approves Wear of GWOT Expeditionary Medal "There are no service stars or other devices authorized; however, battle stars may be authorized for servicemembers who engaged in actual combat."
http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2004/nr20040226-1021.html DoD Announces Criteria for Global War on Terrorism Medals "Battle Stars for the expeditionary and service medal, if warranted, may be applicable for personnel who were engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action." ... "Only one award of the expeditionary medal and service medal may be authorized for any individual; therefore, no service stars are prescribed."
https://awards.navy.mil Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Question: GWOTEM: What is a Battle Star? Answer: A battle star is the small bronze star that is worn on the GWOTEM to denote the number of combat operations in which an individual has participated. It is intended for personnel who were engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action. Commanding Officers of units who feel their unit qualifies for the battle star must request, in writing, approval for their unit to wear a battle star.
Removing globalize tag
5/16 inch bronze Star?
"In the case of 5/16 inch stars for USN, USMC and USCG decorations, a gold star is worn for an additional award of the same decoration and a silver star is worn in lieu of five bronze stars."
This sentence refers to 5/16 inch stars, so it should read "a silver star is worn in lieu of five gold stars.". There is no 5/16 inch bronze star — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:49, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
Battle stars on which ribbon?
In the Ed Koch article, it say he received "two battle stars". Which ribbon are they supposed to be worn on? He received:
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
the first two of which are listed at Service star § Awards (which oddly includes World War I Victory Medal but not World War II Victory Medal). Going with the term "battle star" as being related to actual battles, I chose to put them on the EAME ribbon in the article, but it's really just a guess. Any clues? —[AlanM1(talk)]— 15:28, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
- You are correct that the service stars, corresponding to either campaigns or battles, should go on his EAME campaign medal. You can have stars on the NDSM as well, but only if one serves during multiple eligiblity periods. FWIW, based on the years of service listed, it does not appear as though Mr. Koch is eligible for the NDSM. Highspeed (talk) 18:15, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
- I agree, in all likelihood he was not awarded the NDSM. There are scenarios, however, in which it could have happened. For example, the source citation just says "combat infantryman with rank of sergeant, 1943-1946". Theoretically, he could have been honorably discharged from the active component in 1946 and gone into the reserves, then sometime during 1950-1953, he came on active duty for some reason or another (not to be deployed to Korea; maybe he just did two weeks of active duty for annual training). It's not likely, but it's possible. The way the criteria for the NDSM were constructed, anyone on active duty in the time period specified, even for very short duration, qualify for the medal. Regards, AzureCitizen (talk) 18:34, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
In this article, word "obsolete" is used incorrectly. It can mean "of a kind or style no longer current", but the style of these stars has not changed, or it can mean "no longer used because something newer exists", but the stars awarded for the earlier campaigns are still in use. The winners of these earlier awards, living or dead, are still currently using them. They have not been awarded newer stars, which would make their older ones obsolete, and neither time, nor death, removes nor ends the award of a military honor. Nick Beeson (talk) 12:14, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
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