|Afghanistan Campaign Medal|
|Awarded for||Service in Afghanistan from October 24, 2001 to August 31, 2021.|
|Presented by||the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security|
|Eligibility||U.S. military personnel|
|Established||EO 13363, November 29, 2004|
|First awarded||June 2005 (retroactive to October 24, 2001)|
|Next (higher)||Kosovo Campaign Medal|
|Next (lower)||Iraq Campaign Medal|
|Related||Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces which was created by Executive Order 13363 of President George W. Bush on November 29, 2004, and became available for general distribution in June 2005. The medal was designed by the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is awarded to any member of the United States military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days. The medal is retroactive to October 24, 2001, and was active until the conclusion of Operation Allies Refuge on August 31, 2021. Personnel who have been engaged in combat with an enemy force, or personnel who have been wounded in combat within Afghanistan, may receive the ACM regardless of the number of days spent within the country. The medal was also awarded posthumously to any service member who died in the line of duty within Afghanistan, including from non-combat injuries such as accidents and mishaps.
The following are the approved campaign phases and respective dates for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal:
|Liberation of Afghanistan||September 11, 2001||November 30, 2001|
|Consolidation I||December 1, 2001||September 30, 2006|
|Consolidation II||October 1, 2006||November 30, 2009|
|Consolidation III||December 1, 2009||June 30, 2011|
|Transition I||July 1, 2011||December 31, 2014|
|Transition II (Note 1)||January 1, 2015||August 31, 2021|
|Note 1: For Operation FREEDOM’s SENTINEL pursuant to USD(P&R)|
memorandum dated February 13, 2015, titled, "Afghanistan Campaign Medal –
Operation FREEDOM’s SENTINEL and Transition II Campaign Phase."
Examples of campaign stars worn on the Afghanistan Campaign Medal service ribbon:
|One of the six phases|
|Two of the six phases|
|Three of the six phases|
|Four of the six phases|
|Five of the six phases|
|All six phases|
The following ribbon devices are authorized for wear on the Afghanistan Campaign Medal:
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal replaces the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-EM) for service in Afghanistan and personnel who previously received the GWOT-EM for Afghanistan service may elect to exchange the medal for the ACM. Both medals may not be received for the same period of service in Afghanistan and any current Afghanistan service will only be recognized with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.