Awards and Decorations of the Alliance Starfleet
By order of Precedence
|1||Alliance Medal of Honor||"Gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty"|
|2||Starfleet Cross||"for extraordinary heroism"|
|3||Defense Distinguished Service Medal||"exceptional distinguished performance while contributing to the defense of the Alliance"|
|4||Distinguished Service Medal||"distinguished and meritorious service to the Alliance while in a position of great responsibility"|
|5||Silver Star||"gallantry in action or combat against the enemy"|
|6||Defense Superior Service Medal||"superior meritorious service (over time) while in a position of great responsibility"|
|7||Legion of Merit||"exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service"|
|8||Distinguished Flying Cross||"heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in small craft spaceflight"|
|9||Fleet and Marine Corps Medal||"heroism at great risk to one's own life, in a non-combat situation"|
|10||Bronze Star||"heroic or meritorious achievement or service while operating within a combat zone, not involving spaceflight"|
|11||Medal of Valor||"valorous conduct or heroism while operating within a combat zone"|
|12||Legion of Honor||"distinguished by exceptional gallantry in while operating within a combat zone"|
|13||Nebula Star||"heroic or meritorious achievement or service while operating within a combat zone, involving spaceflight"|
|14||Golden Starburst||"actions of extraordinary heroism within or without operation in a combat zone, against an enemy of the Alliance"|
|15||Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry||"a single gallant act above and beyond the call of duty"|
|16||Purple Heart||"for wounds suffered or loss of life while engaged in combat against an enemy of the Alliance"|
|17||Silver Palm||"exceptional bravery or courage while operating as part of a diplomatic mission or venture"|
|18||Defense Meritorious Service Medal||"distinguished and meritorious service in a non-combat situation while contributing to the defense of the Alliance"|
|19||Meritorious Service Medal||"outstanding and meritorious service in a non-combat situation"|
|20||Space Medal||"meritorious achievement of sustained service for two years within a duty station involving spaceflight"|
|21||Logistic Medal of Valor||"for valorous conduct while assigned to a logistics-based command or agency"|
|22||Alliance Intelligence Medal of Achievement||"distinguished service while on duty with an intelligence-based command or agency"|
|23||Joint Service Medal of Achievement||"outstanding achievement while contributing to the defense of the Alliance"|
|24||Starfleet Commendation Medal||"for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service as a commissioned officer"|
|25||Starfleet Achievement Medal||"for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service as a non-commissioned officer or enlisted"|
|26||Logistic Distinguished Service Medal||"distinguished service while on duty with a logistics-based command or agency"|
|27||Combat Action Ribbon||"for satisfactory performance under enemy fire in planet-side or space combat"|
|28||Command Service Medal||"honorable service in permanent command of any Starfleet unit"|
|29||Logistic War Zone Service Bar||"for outstanding performance under enemy fire in a time of war while on duty with a logistics-based command or agency"|
|30||Logistic Combat Action Ribbon||"for satisfactory performance under enemy fire while on duty with a logistics-based command or agency"|
|31||Chancellor's Unit Citation||"any member of a unit cited for recognition by the Chancellor of the Galaxy Alliance"|
|32||Starfleet Unit Commendation Ribbon||"any member of a unit commended by Starfleet Command or the Ministry of Defense"|
|33||Starfleet Unit Excellence Ribbon||"any member of a unit in full compliance with battle efficiency and excellence as determined by the Inspector General"|
|34||Prisoner of War Medal||"honorable conduct as a prisoner of the enemy, taken captive in action against said enemy"|
|35||Good Conduct Medal||"honorable and faithful service on active duty for four years"|
|36||Starfleet Reserve Medal||"honorable and faithful service on reserve duty for four years"|
|37||Milky Way Exploration Ribbon||"honorable service in galaxy exploration for two years"|
|38||Exploration Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to an exploration unit or command for at least four years"|
|39||Border Patrol Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to a border patrol unit or command for at least four years"|
|40||Installation Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to a starbase, station, outpost, or other stationary support unit for at least four years"|
|41||Intelligence Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to an intelligence unit or command for at least two years"|
|42||Marine Corps Service Bar||"honorable service within the defunct Starfleet Marine Corps for at least four years, prior to 1 Jan 2416"|
|43||Logistic Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to an logistical unit or command for at least four years"|
|44||Bajoran Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to a command in joint operation with the Bajoran Defense Force for at least four years"|
|45||Academy Instructor Service Ribbon||"honorable service while appointed as an instructor at a Starfleet Academy facility for at least four years"|
|46||Training Command Service Ribbon||"honorable service while assigned to a Training Command unit for at least four years"|
|47||Career Service Award||"honorable service within Starfleet for at least twenty years"|
|48||Cardassian War Medal||"for honorable service to the United Federation of Planets and/or Bajor in support of military operations against the Cardassian Union between 2347 and 2361"|
|49||Borg War Ribbon||"for honorable service to the Alliance in support of military operations against the Borg between 2366 and 2371"|
|50||Breen War Ribbon||"for honorable service to the Alliance in support of military operations against the Breen between 2380 and 2384"|
|51||Freedom War Ribbon||"for honorable service to the Alliance between 2386 and 2389"|
|52||Third Tzenkethi War Ribbon||"for honorable service to the Alliance in support of military operations against the Tzenkethi between 2398 and 2399"|
|53||Citation for Academic Distinction||"for academic distinction while serving as a student of Starfleet Academy"|
|54||Distinguished Midshipman Medal||"distinguished service while serving as a student of Starfleet Academy"|
|Foreign Service Awards|
|55||Bajoran Military Service Ribbon||"honorable service as a member of the irregular Bajoran military forces prior to Bajor's membership in the Alliance in 2367"|
|Inactive or Obsolete Awards|
|N/A||Wolf 359 Memorial Ribbon||"in memory of those who perished at Wolf 359 in defense of the Federation" (officially obsoleted in 2416)|
There are a number of ribbon devices that are used to denote various modifying aspects of an award:
To note the receipt of multiple award of the same type (ie: three Citations for Conspicuous Gallantry or five Combat Action Ribbons), Starfleet utilizes the following devices to mark each iteration:
|One (1) additional award||Five (5) additional awards||Ten (10) additional awards|
In the course of a particular war or campaign, there are several 'phases' of combat which are officially recognized for each conflict:
- Cardassian War: Ten phases, from 2348 to 2360.
- Borg War: Five phases, from 2366 to 2371.
- Breen War: Three phases, from 2380 to 2384.
- Freedom War: Three phases, from 2386 to 2389.
- Third Tzenkethi War: One phase, from 2398 to 2399.
To denote each phase of a war that the recipient participated within, the use of a silver Delta Shield is used. No gold shields exist for this device set. A direct participant is defined as any member of the military or government who fought within or directly supported military operations (ie: medical service or technical support within the combat zone) within that specified phase of the war. Alternatively, if no direct participation can be determined, the member may wear the ribbon with no shields.
|Silver campaign shield|
Because no gold shields exist for participation in more than five phases and it is not possible to denote more than five on a single service ribbon, uniform regulations specify that an addition ribbon is to be worn with the added shields to represent participation.
For specific awards, certain devices have been authorized use based upon the eligibility of the wearer.
Milky Way Exploration Ribbon
A special set of devices are used on the Milky Way Exploration Ribbon:
|Alpha Quadrant device||Beta Quadrant device||Gamma Quadrant device||Delta Quadrant device|
For more specific information on the use and device eligibility, please visit the main article for this ribbon.
According to Starfleet Uniform Regulations, an honoree is under orders to wear all authorized awards. It is a violation of regulations to wear any honors to which the person is not authorized to wear. This is an arrest-and-charge offense under Failure to Obey Regulations. Punishments can be as severed as demotion, loss of command or pay.
Service Awards with respect to time on duty, such as the Exploration Service Ribbon, may be worn as "frocked" following the completion of a tour of duty until the Bureau of Personnel issues the official order of authorization. Other Service Awards, such as the Prisoner of War, are exempt for this unofficial allowance.
There are different modes of wear for the authorized awards on different uniforms:
Full Medal Wear
The full medals are prescribed for use only on the Mess Dress uniforms, which are worn for the highest formal occasions involving matters of state or ceremony. Any awards or honors that do not have full medals and have only the smaller service ribbons available are not worn or displayed.
The smaller service ribbons are prescribed for use on Service Dress uniforms only. They are typically worn in rows of three ribbons across. If the honoree has been authorized to wear more than twelve ribbons total, they may wear them four ribbons across in order to preserve space on the uniform chest. All service ribbons are worn on the right chest of the honoree, or if the honoree has a racial-specific uniform that does not include a chest as most humanoids do, they are worn opposite the location of the Starfleet Delta Shield badge, or other suitable location.
Obsoleted or inactive ribbons are always worn below active ribbons; always on a separate row.
Foreign Service Decorations
Starfleet personnel are authorized to wear foreign decorations earned or awarded by foreign governments. These awards must be on a separate row below those active decorations received from the Alliance. Only a short list of awards are authorized for wear.
Authorized Democratic Republic of Bajor Decorations
- All Dynastic Orders
- Personal Commendations: The Noble Cross of Shabren, The Illustrious Cross of Trakor, The Meritorious Cross of the Defense Force, The Star of Heroism, The Star of Sacrifice, and The Noble Medallion of Li.
- Unit Awards: The Emissary's Own
- Service Awards: None.
- All Campaign Ribbons
- Foreign Service Awards: The Ribbon of Alliance Service