Awards and Decorations of the Alliance Starfleet

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Throughout the course of a Starfleet career, officers and enlisted personnel have the potential to earn several Starfleet medals and commendations.

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Medals

By order of Precedence

Ribbon/Award Name
Personal Decorations
1 Medal-of-honor.png Alliance Medal of Honor "Gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty"
2 Starfleet-cross.png Starfleet Cross "for extraordinary heroism"
3 Defense-distinguished-service-medal.png Defense Distinguished Service Medal "exceptional distinguished performance while contributing to the defense of the Alliance"
4 Distinguished-service-medal.png Distinguished Service Medal "distinguished and meritorious service to the Alliance while in a position of great responsibility"
5 Silver-star.png Silver Star "gallantry in action or combat against the enemy"
6 Defense-superior-service-medal.png Defense Superior Service Medal "superior meritorious service (over time) while in a position of great responsibility"
7 Legion-of-merit.png Legion of Merit "exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service"
8 Distinguished-flying-cross.png Distinguished Flying Cross "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in small craft spaceflight"
9 Fleet-and-marine-corps-medal.png Fleet and Marine Corps Medal "heroism at great risk to one's own life, in a non-combat situation"
10 Bronze-star.png Bronze Star "heroic or meritorious achievement or service while operating within a combat zone, not involving spaceflight"
11 Medal-of-valor.png Medal of Valor "valorous conduct or heroism while operating within a combat zone"
12 Legion-of-honor.png Legion of Honor "distinguished by exceptional gallantry in while operating within a combat zone"
13 Nebula-star.png Nebula Star "heroic or meritorious achievement or service while operating within a combat zone, involving spaceflight"
14 Golden-starburst.png 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.png Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry "a single gallant act above and beyond the call of duty"
16 Purple-heart.png Purple Heart "for wounds suffered or loss of life while engaged in combat against an enemy of the Alliance"
17 Silver-palm.png Silver Palm "exceptional bravery or courage while operating as part of a diplomatic mission or venture"
18 Defense-meritorious-service-medal.png 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.png Meritorious Service Medal "outstanding and meritorious service in a non-combat situation"
20 Space-medal.png Space Medal "meritorious achievement of sustained service for two years within a duty station involving spaceflight"
21 Logistic-medal-of-valor.png Logistic Medal of Valor "for valorous conduct while assigned to a logistics-based command or agency"
22 Alliance-intelligence-medal-of-achievement.png Alliance Intelligence Medal of Achievement "distinguished service while on duty with an intelligence-based command or agency"
23 Joint-service-medal-of-achievement.png Joint Service Medal of Achievement "outstanding achievement while contributing to the defense of the Alliance"
24 Starfleet-commendation-medal.png Starfleet Commendation Medal "for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service as a commissioned officer"
25 Starfleet-achievement-medal.png Starfleet Achievement Medal "for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service as a non-commissioned officer or enlisted"
26 Logistic-distinguished-service-medal.png Logistic Distinguished Service Medal "distinguished service while on duty with a logistics-based command or agency"
27 Combat-action-ribbon.png Combat Action Ribbon "for satisfactory performance under enemy fire in planet-side or space combat"
28 Command-service-medal.png Command Service Medal "honorable service in permanent command of any Starfleet unit"
29 Logistic-war-zone-service-bar.png 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.png Logistic Combat Action Ribbon "for satisfactory performance under enemy fire while on duty with a logistics-based command or agency"
Unit Awards
31 Chancellor-unit-citation.png Chancellor's Unit Citation "any member of a unit cited for recognition by the Chancellor of the Galaxy Alliance"
32 Starfleet-unit-commendation-ribbon.png Starfleet Unit Commendation Ribbon "any member of a unit commended by Starfleet Command or the Ministry of Defense"
33 Starfleet-unit-excellence-ribbon.png Starfleet Unit Excellence Ribbon "any member of a unit in full compliance with battle efficiency and excellence as determined by the Inspector General"
Service Awards
34 Prisoner-of-war-medal.png Prisoner of War Medal "honorable conduct as a prisoner of the enemy, taken captive in action against said enemy"
35 Good-conduct-medal.png Good Conduct Medal "honorable and faithful service on active duty for four years"
36 Starfleet-reserve-medal.png Starfleet Reserve Medal "honorable and faithful service on reserve duty for four years"
37 Milky-way-exploration-ribbon-abgd.png Milky Way Exploration Ribbon "honorable service in galaxy exploration for two years"
38 Exploration-service-ribbon.png Exploration Service Ribbon "honorable service while assigned to an exploration unit or command for at least four years"
39 Border-patrol-service-ribbon.png Border Patrol Service Ribbon "honorable service while assigned to a border patrol unit or command for at least four years"
40 Installation-service-ribbon.png 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.png Intelligence Service Ribbon "honorable service while assigned to an intelligence unit or command for at least two years"
42 Marine-corps-service-bar.png 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.png Logistic Service Ribbon "honorable service while assigned to an logistical unit or command for at least four years"
44 Bajoran-service-ribbon.png 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.png 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.png Training Command Service Ribbon "honorable service while assigned to a Training Command unit for at least four years"
47 Career-service-award.png Career Service Award "honorable service within Starfleet for at least twenty years"
Campaign Medals/Ribbons
48 Cardassian-war-medal.png 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.png 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.png 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.png Freedom War Ribbon "for honorable service to the Alliance between 2386 and 2389"
52 Third-tzenkethi-war-ribbon.png Third Tzenkethi War Ribbon "for honorable service to the Alliance in support of military operations against the Tzenkethi between 2398 and 2399"
Training Awards
53 Citation-for-academic-distinction.png Citation for Academic Distinction "for academic distinction while serving as a student of Starfleet Academy"
54 Distinguished-midshipman-medal.png Distinguished Midshipman Medal "distinguished service while serving as a student of Starfleet Academy"
Foreign Service Awards
55 Bajoran-military-service-ribbon.png 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.png Wolf 359 Memorial Ribbon "in memory of those who perished at Wolf 359 in defense of the Federation" (officially obsoleted in 2416)

Award Devices

There are a number of ribbon devices that are used to denote various modifying aspects of an award:

Multiple Awards

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:

Award-star-silver.png Award-star-gold.png Award-star-gold-silver.png
One (1) additional award Five (5) additional awards Ten (10) additional awards

Campaign Shields

In the course of a particular war or campaign, there are several 'phases' of combat which are officially recognized for each conflict:

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.

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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.

Special Devices

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-device.png Beta-device.png Gamma-device.png Delta-device.png
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.

Regulated Wear

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.

Service Ribbons

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

See Also

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