An Overview of AR 600-8-22
In this article, we will examine AR 600-8-22 and how enlisted soldiers serving in AGR and FTRF are now eligible. We will also discuss the DMNA Regulation 672-1, which outlines procedures for requesting state and federal awards. The last section covers the MOVSM, a service medal not authorized for award to foreign personnel. This article is meant to be a quick overview of AR 600-8-22.
FTRF and AGR enlisted soldiers are now eligible for AR 600-8-22
FTRF and AGR enlisted members are now eligible to apply for the Medal of Honor. AR 600-8-22 lays out the criteria for determining eligibility. Applicants must have completed at least two years of service in the active component. Enlisted members who have previously served as recruiters in the AGR and FTRF can also apply for the medal. The date of enlistment is important in determining AFRED.
The DA form 638 must be completed and approved by the MNP-ARB. The soldier’s service must have been uninterrupted for the entire period of the award. If an interruption occurs for 24 hours or more, the period of service prior to the interruption becomes invalid. The document also provides guidelines on how to complete the recommendation. The unit commander or Adjutant General must approve the application and award the medal.
DMNA Regulation 672-1 provides procedures for requesting state and federal awards
New York Army National Guard soldiers are authorized to wear both state and federal awards. AR 670-1 sets forth the proper order of wear for state and federal awards. DMNA Regulation 672-1 provides procedures for requesting awards from state and federal agencies. For information on the eligibility criteria for each award, see AR 600-8-22. A veteran or family member may request the award on behalf of a deceased veteran. A legislative representative or agency official may also make the request.
DMNA Regulation 672-1 is the general procedure for requesting state and federal awards. There are exceptions to this rule, including New York Army Guard Physical Fitness Ribbon and Certificate. For these awards, a state officer or civilian may follow a different procedure. AR 600-8-22 also addresses the procedure for requesting state and federal awards. Afterwards, there are samples of DA forms 638 and narratives.
MOVSM is a service medal
The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) is an American service medal created under the authority of Executive Order 12830 signed by President George H. W. Bush on January 9, 1993. The Institute of Heraldry designed the medal, which was first awarded in December 1993. The medal is one of the highest honors the military can bestow upon its members. In 1993, it was awarded to 20,000 people for their voluntary service.
Upon receiving the medal, servicemen can choose to receive a unit coin, a special insignia patch, or a certificate. In some cases, the Army will make an exception to its general “service medal” policy and issue an official certificate to MOVSM recipients. A military ceremony is the preferred location for a MOVSM presentation, although an official Scouting event may be acceptable. The person must be nominated by a senior member of their organization and submit an application form through the awarding authority. The organization commander must also certify that the service was honorable.
MOVSM is not authorized for award to foreign personnel
While the MOVSM is only awarded to eligible United States military personnel, it is authorized to be awarded posthumously. The first lieutenant colonel in a soldier’s chain of command must approve the award before it can be granted. Subsequent awards are indicated by bronze service stars. Applicants are required to submit a one-page letter of recommendation and supporting documentation for their award.
The criteria for MOVSM eligibility vary by military branch. The MOVSM is typically awarded to members of the Marine Corps and Navy. The award consists of a medal and ribbon set. The award does not include a certificate or citation. Instead, the awarding authority may issue a letter confirming its approval and requiring an individual to meet certain criteria. These criteria are outlined below.