Uniform Decorator – Cadet Ribbons

Ribbon Names and How to Earn Them:

CAP Decorations
Silver Medal of Valor

Silver Medal of Valor

Bronze Medal of Valor

Bronze Medal of Valor

Distinguised Service Award

Distinguished Service Award

Exceptional Service Award

Exceptional Service Award

Meritorious Service Award

Meritorious Service Award

Commander's Commendation Award

Commander’s Commendation Award

CAP Achievement Award

CAP Achievement Award

Certificate of Recognition For Lifesafing

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

National Commander's Unit Citation

National Commander’s Unit Citation Award

Unit Citation Award

Unit Citation Award

Silver Medal of Valor:

Distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty.

Bronze Medal of Valor:

Distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known.

Distinguished Service Award:

Conspicuous performance of outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige of CAP on a national scale. Recognition should be for an extremely difficult duty of marked national significance which is performed in a clearly outstanding manner or service which clearly aided CAP in furthering national polices.

Exceptional Service Award:

Exceptionally outstanding service to CAP in a duty of great responsibility while serving in any capacity with CAP. However, the duty should carry the ultimate responsibility for the successful operation of a region, wing or major project within the region or wing. The discharge of such duty must involve the acceptance and fulfillment of the obligation so as to greatly benefit the wing or region and CAP.

Meritorious Service Award:

Outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP. Superior performance of normal duties does not, in itself, constitute automatic justification for the Meritorious Service Award. Awards should be restricted to the recognition of achievements and services which are clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and accomplishments of personnel of like rank and responsibilities.

Commander’s Commendation Award:

Outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility.  A bronze star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the region commander.  A silver star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the National Commander.

CAP Achievement Award

Presented for outstanding service to the unit, group or wing. This award may be approved by the group commander.

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving:

Awarded to members who save a human life, but do not meet the criteria for the Bronze or Silver Medal of Valor. Members who are credited with a save as a result of participation in a blood or organ transport mission will be awarded the basic ribbon. A silver star will be attached to the ribbon in recognition of lifesaving actions other than blood or organ transport.

National Commander’s Unit Citation Award:

The National Commander’s Unit Citation Award is awarded only at the discretion of the National Commander to units providing services or achievements above and beyond those normally recognized by a Unit Citation Award.

Unit Citation Award:

Awarded for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.

Cadet Program Awards
Spaatz Award

Spaatz Award

Eaker Award

Eaker Award

Earhart Award

Earhart Award

Mitchell Award

Mitchell Award

Armstrong Achievement

Armstrong Achievement

Goddard Achievement

Goddard Achievement

Doolittle Achievement

Doolittle Achievement

Lindbergh Achievement

Lindbergh Achievement

Rickenbacker Achievement

Rickenbacker Achievement

Wright Brothers Award

Wright Brothers Award

Feik Achievement

Feik Achievement

Arnold Achievement

Arnold Achievement

Curry Achievement

Curry Achievement

Spaatz Award:

Successfully complete all phases of the CAP cadet program and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award examination.

Eaker Award:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase IV of the cadet program.

Earhart Award:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase III of the cadet program.

Mitchell Award:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phases I and II of the CAP cadet program.  A silver star worn on the ribbon denotes successful completion of Cadet Officer School.

Armstrong Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase II for this achievement.

Goddard Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase II listed for this achievement.  A silver star may be attached to the Goddard Ribbon by those cadets who have earned their Mitchell Award and have satisfactorily completed the requirements for the Model Rocketry Badge.

Doolittle Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase II listed for this achievement.

Lindbergh Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase II listed for this achievement.

Rickenbacker Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase II listed for this achievement.

Wright Brothers Award:

Successfully complete all Phase I requirements.

Feik Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase I for this achievement.

Arnold Achivement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase I for this achievement.

Curry Achievement:

Successfully complete the specific requirements in Phase I for this achievement.

Special Awards
AFA Award to Outstanding CAP Cadet

AFA Award to Outstanding CAP Cadet

AFSA Award to Outstanding Cadet NCO of the Year

AFSA Award to Outstanding Cadet NCO of the Year

VFW Cadet Officer of the Year

VFW Cadet Officer Award

VFW Cadet NCO Award

VFW Cadet NCO Award

Air Force Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadet:

An annual award established by the Air Force Association (AFA) to recognize the outstanding CAP cadet in each squadron.

Air Force Sergeants Association Award to Outstanding Squadron Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year:

An annual award established by the Air Force Sergeants Association to recognize the outstanding CAP cadet NCO in each squadron.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for Cadet Officers:

An annual award established by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to recognize the outstanding CAP cadets in each squadron.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for Cadet NCO:

An annual award established by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to recognize the outstanding CAP cadets in each squadron.

Service and Activity Ribbons
Red Service Ribbon

Red Service Ribbon

Find Ribbon

Find Ribbon

Search and Rescue Ribbon

Search and Rescue Ribbon

Dissaster Relief Ribbon

Disaster Relief Ribbon

Homeland Security Ribbon

Homeland Security Ribbon

Community Service Ribbon

Community Service Ribbon

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon

National Cadet Competition Ribbon

National Cadet Competition Ribbon

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon

Cadet Advisory Coucil Ribbon

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon

National Cadet Special Activity Ribbon

National Cadet Special Activity Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon

Red Service Ribbon:

Awarded at the end of 2 years of service in good standing.

Find Ribbon:

Awarded by the wing commander (or a subordinate commander if authority is delegated by the wing commander) to any CAP member of the wing making a find (distress or non-distress) on a search and rescue mission.  A bronze propeller may be attached for aircrew members.

Search and Rescue Ribbon:

Participate in at least 10 search and rescue sorties.  Aircrew members may attach a bronze propeller to the ribbon.

Disaster Relief Ribbon:

Awarded for participation in five actual/evaluated disaster relief missions and completion of two of the following requirements:

  1. All of the following Red Cross Courses: Introduction to Dissaster Services, Disaster Damage Assessment, and Shelter Management.
  2. The Red Cross course, Damage Assessment Supervision in Disaster.
  3. The Red Cross course, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced First Aid.
  4. Radiological Monitoring for Instructors.
  5. Radiological Defense Officer Course.
  6. Airborne Radiological Monitoring Course.
  7. Participation in other equivalent disaster relief activities totaling at least 40 hours of activity certified by disaster relief agency. This could include any training similar to the above courses and/or actual mission activity (in addition to the five required missions).

The Disaster Relief Ribbon with a silver “V” device may be awarded to any CAP member who participates in a disaster relief effort for a Presidential declared disaster.

Homeland Security Ribbon:

Awarded for participation in ten actual Homeland Security sorties as defined by the tasking organization as being in the interest of the security and/or defense of the nation.

Comunity Service Ribbon:

Awarded to members who complete 60 hours of community service outside of Civil Air Patrol.

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon:

Awarded to cadets and senior member escorts participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) outside the continental limits of the United States.

National Cadet Competition Ribbon:

Awarded for participation in the National Cadet Drill Competition.  The basic ribbon will be worn by cadets who are the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winners of the national competition.

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon:

Awarded for participation in the National Color Guard Competition.  The basic ribbon will be worn by cadets who are the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winner of the national competition.

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon:

Awarded to all primary members of each cadet advisory council.  Group level CAC will wear basic ribbon, bronze star at wing level, silver star at region level, and gold star at national level.

National Cadet Special Activities Ribbon:

Awarded to cadets and senior members who participate in national cadet special activities.

Encampment Ribbon:

Awarded to cadets for satisfactory completion of an encampment and to senior members for service as a member of an encampment staff.

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon:

Awarded to cadets who recruit two new qualified cadets or senior members for CAP.

 

 

Qualifications taken from CAPR 39-3

How to Wear Ribbons:cadet ribbons

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Taken From CAPM 39-1

4.1.5.4.3. Ribbons. Ribbons are mandatory on the men’s Service Dress uniform. Wear ribbons centered, resting on (but not over) the edge of the welt pocket. For wear and description, see the applicable paragraphs in Chapter 11. Officer and NCO ribbons and badges must fall below the top edge of the notched lapel in accordance with instructions found in Chapter 11.

11.1. Wear Instructions.

11.1.1. Wear only regular size ribbons and miniature size medals.

11.1.1.1. Ribbons and devices are mandatory with the USAF-style Service Dress (Class A) and USAF-style Semiformal uniforms, and optional with the USAF-style Blue Service Uniform (Class B) and Corporate-style Aviator Shirt Uniforms. When ribbons and devices are worn, all authorized ribbons will be worn on USAF-style uniforms, except:

11.1.1.1.1. Officers and NCOs. On the USAF-style uniforms, all ribbons, badges, and devices worn by adult members must fall below the top notch of the collar on the service coat or the bottom tip of the collar of shirts/blouses when those are worn without a service coat. Individuals may choose which ribbons to eliminate to meet this requirement, but are encouraged to initially remove CAP professional development ribbons to reach the required height. (Note, CAP aviation and chaplain badges remain mandatory for wear on USAF-style uniforms and ribbons may need to be removed to meet this requirement.)

11.1.1.1.2. Cadets. Cadets may choose to reduce the height of their ribbon bar by removing all cadet achievement ribbons but their highest Cadet Program achievement ribbon. All other earned CAP ribbons and devices must still be worn.

11.2.1.2. CAP Awards. CAP awards will be worn following US federal awards in accordance with the order of precedence set by CAPR 39-3,

Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons and Certificates.

11.2.1.3. JROTC/ROTC Awards. Three JROTC/ROTC ribbons awarded by military departments may be worn following CAP ribbons (except foreign ribbons) while the member concerned CAPM 39-1 26 JUNE 2014 113

is enrolled in the JROTC/ROTC program. When the member is no longer participating in the JROTC/ROTC program, JROTC/ROTC ribbons will be removed.

11.2.1.4. Foreign Awards. Foreign awards are so many and so varied, the number and combinations that may be worn will not be prescribed; however, good taste and judgment should prevail. Only those decorations that have been duly approved by Congress for acceptance and wear by the individual may be worn. NHQ/DP should be contacted for direction in advance of wearing foreign awards with CAP uniforms.

11.2.2. Wear of Ribbons. Ribbons will always be placed on wearer’s left with bottom row resting on, but not over, top edge of left welt or pocket. Figure 11-1 provides direction on how to lay out ribbons bars. When worn in rows of three, ribbons will be centered above the pocket between the left and right pocket edges. Only to prevent the service coat lapel from covering the ribbons, additional rows of ribbons containing less than three may be aligned with the left ribbon edge. The top row of ribbons will be centered over the row immediately below. Only rows of three are authorized for the USAF-style Blue Service Uniform (Class B) and the Aviator Shirt Uniform. When worn in rows of four, which is only authorized on the USAF-style Service Dress (Class A), the left edge of the ribbons may be aligned with the left edge of the welt or pocket or centered above the left welt or pocket. Only to prevent the service coat lapel from covering the ribbons, additional row of ribbons containing less than four may be aligned with the left welt or pocket edge with the top row of ribbons centered over the row immediately below. There will be no space between the rows of ribbons.

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