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Posted 3/24/2015 Printable Fact Sheet
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This medal was authorized by the secretary of the Air Force on March 9, 1964, and amended Aug. 28, 1967. Originally created as a personal decoration ranking above the commendation medals, lifesaving medals and the Purple Heart, its current status has been changed to an achievement/service medal.

The Combat Readiness Medal is awarded to U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and members of other services, for sustained individual combat or mission readiness or preparedness for direct weapon-system employment.

A service member must be a member of a unit subject to combat readiness reporting; individually certified as combat or mission ready and has been subject to a continuous individual positional evaluation program, according to a MAJCOM or higher headquarters standards; and completes 24 months of sustained combat or mission readiness with no more than 120 calendar-day break. If the break in combat or mission ready status exceeds 120 calendar days due to reassignment to another combat or mission duty that requires upgrading in or retraining to a new system, on the en route and retraining time is deducted from qualifying service.

Medal Description
This medal was designed by the Institute of Heraldry. On the obverse, it has an inverted triangle on top of a delta-swept wing-like object, both representing supersonic aircraft. This design is enclosed by a stylized compass rose with triangles at the points indicating the worldwide nature of the mission of the Air Force. The reverse of the medal has the inscription, "For Combat Readiness--Air Force" in a circle, near the outer edge of the medal.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon has a wide center stripe of red, flanked on either side by a narrow stripe of light blue, thin stripe of dark blue, narrow stripe of light blue with a stripe of red at the edge.

Authorized device: Oak leaf cluster

Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0

(Updated as of March 2015)

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