CLOSURE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL (NDSM); CHANGES TO ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL (GWOTSM) AND CHANGES TO ELIGIBILITY FOR THE INHERENT RESOLVE CAMPAIGN MEDAL (IRCM):
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SUBJ/CLOSURE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL (NDSM); CHANGES TO
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL (GWOTSM) AND
CHANGES TO ELIGIBILITY FOR THE INHERENT RESOLVE CAMPAIGN MEDAL (IRCM)//
NAR/REF A announced the termination of the NDSM. REF B announced campaign
and service medal changes based on the end of the Afghanistan War and
termination of the combat mission in Iraq. REF C is NAVADMIN 273/04.//
RMKS/1. Purpose. To announce changes in eligibility for the National
Defense Service Medal (NDSM) and changes to the Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal (GWOTSM) and Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (IRCM), as ordered
by references (a) and (b).
2. NDSM. Effective 31 December 2022, the authorization to award the NDSM to
members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty on or after
11 September, 2001, is terminated. The United States is no longer conducting
combat operations of comparable scale for which the NDSM has been
historically authorized. Navy personnel who serve in support of a designated
operation may continue to be eligible for the campaign, expeditionary, or
service medal associated with that operation.
3. GWOTSM. Effective 11 September 2022, eligibility for the GWOTSM will be
limited to Service members who directly serve in a designated military
counter-terrorism (CT) operation for a minimum of 30 days (consecutive or
non-consecutive), or, regardless of time served, while on active duty, are
engaged in physical combat with, or by, a foreign terrorist or an individual
inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.
Examples of qualifying service: deployed on orders for a designated CT
operation; directly supported a designated CT operation on a full-time basis
while assigned to an organization conducting such a CT operation.
"Indirect support", as previously defined in reference (c), no longer
warrants award of the GWOTSM.
4. IRCM. Effective 1 July 2022, eligibility for the IRCM is limited to the
country of Syria and its associated airspace and contiguous waters out to
12 nautical miles.
5. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//