National Defense Service Medal
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Awarded by the Department of Defense|
|Eligibility||Member of the United States Armed Forces during qualifying periods of national emergency|
|Awarded for||Military service during periods of national emergency or any other periods designated by the Secretary of Defense.|
|Campaign(s)||Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Global War on Terrorism|
|Description||Obverse: Shows a North American bald eagle, perched on a sword and palm. Above this, in a semicircle, is the inscription "National Defense".|
Reverse: Shows a shield, taken from the coat of arms of the United States; it is half encircled below with an open wreath, the right side of oak leaves and laurel leaves the left.
Ribbon: The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by narrow stripes of red, white, blue, white and wide red stripes.
|Clasps||Service star for subsequent awards|
|Established||Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953 (as amended by E.O. 11265, January 11, 1966; E.O. 12776, October 8, 1991; E.O. 13293, March 28, 2003.|
|First awarded||April 22, 1953 – July 27, 1954 (retroactive to June 27, 1950)|
|Last awarded||March 28, 2003 – present (retroactive to September 11, 2001)|
|Next (higher)||Army: Army of Occupation Medal|
Air Force: Medal for Humane Action
Navy: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Marine Corps: Navy Occupation Service Medal
Coast Guard: Navy Occupation Service Medal
|Next (lower)||Korean Service Medal|
|Related||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
Service ribbon and Campaign streamer
- "Issuances" (PDF). www.esd.whs.mil. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 12, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Air Force Personnel Center - Awards and Decorations". Afpc.af.mil. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2012.