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Key Points

  • PCS/PCA Decorations will be based on EPRs/OPRs
  • Achievement Decorations read like awards, and will need a narrative for justification
  • DO NOT plan on making up mid-tour points in a PCS medal
  • Ask for HELP, the only person looking out for #1 is you
  • The only person looking out for your Airman is YOU!
  • ASK for/WRITE a Mid Tour decoration 
  • WRITE!!! The more you do it, the better you get
  • Use F7 to spell check. Errors reflect badly on you and your subordinate!
  • PCS medals are built from the individuals' EPR/OPR -- If the performance report is weak so is the medal!
  • NUMBERS!  Use the Tongue and Quill!
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1.      Use correct opening and closing sentences.

2.      Use full military rank & name in first sentence (ex: Master Sergeant John J. Doe).  Short oral address in second and closing sentences (ex: Sergeant Doe).  Pronouns in other sentences (ex: he).

3.      Use transitions (During this period, Sergeant Doe…, Additionally he…, Furthermore he…, Finally he…)

4.      Do not use abbreviations, acronyms, special characters, or superscript.

5.      Spell out numbers ten and less and millions/billions (ex: two million dollars or $2 million (preferred)). Use numerals for 1,000 to 9,999 (ex: 2,357).

6.      Use third person, active voice, past tense. Also use only 12 font.

7.      Do not use alphanumeric organizational designators. (ex: SCOO)

8.      Do not include classified information on citation.

9.      Avoid using titles, terms, and expressions (“Geek-Speak”) not easily understood by general public. And also avoid using exaggerated superlatives (ex. unequalled / unprecedented).

10.  Include quarterly, annual military & PME awards received (individual, team or unit) and base or community leadership involvement.

Decoration Writing Guides

Awards and Dec Power Point (AETC) (ppt)
Decorations Guide (2nd BW - Nov 02) (300K Doc)
Decorations Guide (Hill AFB -02) (410k Doc)
Decoration Guide (Ira Eaker College) (217K Doc)
Decoration Guide (Pentagon) (284K Doc)
USAF/SG Dec Guide w/ Examples PDF  
Decorations Guide (10 AB Wing '03) w/ Ex (27M Doc) 
Decoration Guide (12MSS '00) (188K Doc)
Decorations Guide(18th Wing '03) (231K Doc)
Decorations Guide (45SW '00) (77K rtf)
Awards & Decorations Guide (51FW '99) w/ Ex (538K Doc)
Decorations Guide (55th Wing '05) (4.8M Doc) Yellow New
Awards & Decoration Guide (61 MSS '00)w/ Ex (4M Doc) 
Decorations Guide (62AW '00) (138k Doc)
Decorations Guide (159 FW AD and Guard) (106K Doc)
Late Decoration Letter


Decoration Examples

Decoration Name Recommendation Examples and Guides Narrative Examples Examples (e.g.) of Citation
Silver Star     Citations 1,2,3,4,5,6

Posthumously 1,2

Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) DMSM Submission Guideline   DMSM Citation
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)     PCS MSM

Retirement MSM

Joint Meritorious Unit Award (JMUA)     JTF - Assured Lift
Basic Joint Service Medal Example of Board Recommendation Example of Narrative Joint Service  Basic Joint Service
Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM) JCSM Submission Guideline

JSCM for PCS

JSCM for PCS 1, 2 Citations 1, 2

JSCM for PCS 1,2

JSCM for Retirement

Aerial Achievement Medal     Citations 1,2,3
Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM) JSAM Submission Guideline   JSAM Citation
Air Force Commendation Medal (AFCM)      OA Citations 1,2

PCS Citations
 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,
14

Civilian Achievement Award   2002
Air Force Achievement Medal (AFAM) OA AFAM

OA AFAM for Citation 4

  OA Citation 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

PCS Citation 1, 2

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM)     AFEM Citation

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