Good Conduct Medal

Good Conduct Medal

The Good Conduct Medal is one of the oldest military awards of the U.S. Armed Forces. But the Army version of the Good Conduct Medal wasn’t established earlier than June 28, 1941 by Executive Order 8809

The medal is awarded to any active duty enlisted member of the U.S. Military who completes 3 consecutive years of “Honorable & Faithfull service”. It implies that a standard enlistment was completed without any “Non judicial punishment, Disciplinary infractions or court martial offenses”. When a service member commits an offense the 3 years mark “resets” and he must perform an additional 3 years of service without having to be disciplined, THEN the Good Conduct Medal may be given.

During times of war the medal may be awarded for 1 year of Faithful service. It may also be awarded posthumously to any service member ”Killed in the line of Duty”. These criteria were amended by Executive order 9323 dates March 31, 1943

Ribbon: A Second an subsequent awarded GCM are indicated by the wear of a clasp with loops on the ribbon:
*Bronze Clasp: with 1 till 5 loops/knots stands for the times the medal is awarded
*Silver Clasp: with 1 till 5 loops/knots stands for 6 till 10 times the medal is awarded
*Gold Clasp: with 1 till 5 loops/knots stands for 11 till 15 times the medal is awarded

Obverse: An Eagle with his wings spread ( Vigilance & Superiority ). The sword underneath it denotes “Loyalty” and the book represents “Knowledge acquired & Ability gained”. Also the words “ Efficiency, Honor, Fidelity “ are shown on the obverse.

Reverse: The Lone Star denotes “Merit”. The wreath of laurel and oak leaves denotes “Reward & Strength” . And the words “For Good Conduct” (Designed by Mr Joseph Kiselewski)

Source:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Conduct_Medal_(United_States)
usamilitarymedals.com

Good Conduct Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Good Conduct Medal