A bronze medal 1 ¼ inches in
diameter, with a flaming torch in front of a crossed powder horn and a bugle
within a circle composed of thirteen stars and thirteen rays. On the reverse
is a different design for each of the reserve components. The reverse of
all medals have the inscription "ARMED FORCES RESERVE" around the rim.
Organized Reserve: On a wreath, the Lexington Minuteman statue as
it stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts encircled by thirteen
stars. National Guard: The National Guard insignia (two crossed fasces
superimposed on an eagle displayed with wings reversed. Air Force
Reserve: The crest from the Air Forces seal (on a wreath, an eagle
displayed in front of a cloud form). Naval Reserve: The center device
of the Department of the Navy seal (an eagle displayed on an anchor in front
of a ship in full sail). Marine Corps Reserve: The Marine Corps
insignia (eagle perched on a globe superimposed on an anchor). Coast Guard
Reserve: The central design of the Coast Guard seal (crossed anchors
superimposed by a shield within an annulet).
Bronze hourglass to indicate 10 years
service; silver hourglass to indicate 20 years service; gold hourglass to
indicate 30 years service; letter "M" to indicate mobilization in support
of US Military operations or contingencies designated by the Secretary of
Defense; and a numeral to indicate number of times mobilized.
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and
consists of the following stripes: 1/16 inch Bluebird 67117; 1/32 inch Chamois
67142; 1/16 inch Bluebird; 1/32 inch Chamois; 1/16 inch Bluebird; 3/8 inch
Chamois; center 1/8 inch Bluebird; 3/8 inch Chamois; 1/16 inch Bluebird;
1/32 inch Chamois; 1/16 inch Bluebird; 1/32 inch Chamois; and 1/16 inch
Award under one of the following
a. Awarded for
honorable and satisfactory service as a member of one or more of the Reserve
Components of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of 10 years
within a 12-year period. Upon completion of the fourth 10-year period, a
gold hourglass followed by a bronze hourglass shall be awarded.
b. Awarded for
mobilization on or after 1 August 1990, to members called to active duty
and served under Title 10, United States Code (USC) (Defense Department)
or Title 14 USC (Coast Guard) or the member volunteered and served on active
duty in support of US Military operations or contingencies designated by
the Secretary of Defense. The "M" device is worn to indicate mobilization.
Subsequent mobilizations are denoted by the wear of a number to indicate
the number of times mobilized. No hourglass is worn unless authorized under
the above paragraph.
The following are components of the
Armed Forces Reserve Medal:
a. Medal (regular
size): MIL-DTL-3943/231. (Stock number for the full size medal set with ribbon
bar.) National Guard: NSN 8455-00-227-1713; USAR:
b. Medal (miniature):
MIL-DTL-3943/231. Available commercially.
MIL-DTL-11589/13. NSN 8455-00-265-4916.
The Armed Forces Reserve Medal was
authorized by President Truman by Executive Order 10163, dated 25 September
1950. The Executive Order was amended by Executive Order, dated 6 August
1996, to include authorization for award based on mobilization.
If only the "M" device is authorized,
it is worn in the center of the ribbon. If both the "M" device and the hourglass
are worn, they will be centered with the "M" device to the wearers
right. If numbers are worn, they will be to the wearers left with the
hourglass in the center and the "M" device on the right.