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The Army Commendation Medal


The documents listed below are all you need for submitting an Army Commendation Medal package.

The ARCOM is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguishes himself or herself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.

Awards of the ARCOM may be made for acts of valor performed under circumstances described above which are of lesser degree than required for award of the Bronze Star Medal. These acts may involve aerial flight. The ARCOM may be awarded for acts of noncombatant-related heroism which does not meet the requirements for an award of the Soldier’s Medal.

The Army Commendation Medal may be awarded with the bronze V device for heroic acts or valorous deeds which are not of the level to warrant award of the Distinguished Flying Cross or the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device.

Ref AR600-8-22 Para 6-5: "the "V" device was also authorized for wear on the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for heroic acts or valorous deeds not warranting awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross or the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device."

(ref AR600-8-22)


DA Form 638 Instructions

Completed DA Form 638 Template

ARCOM Award Bullet Examples

Commendation Medal Citation Template

Commendation Medal Citation Examples

PCS ARCOM Examples

Commendation Medal Citation Drafter


Army Commendation Medal certificate


Army Commendation Medals





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