Authorized by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Oct. 12, 1980. Before Jan. 6, 1986, the ribbon was awarded to Air Force and Air Force Reserve members credited with completion of an overseas tour on or after Sept. 1, 1980. Air Force and Air Force Reserve members serving as of Jan. 6, 1986, or later are entitled to reflect all Air Force overseas tours credited during their career. A service member may wear both the long tour and short tour ribbons if they have met the ribbon's eligibility requirements. The short tour ribbon takes precedence over the long tour ribbon when both are worn.
The guidance for the criteria for long tour credit is in Air Force Instruction 36-2110, Personnel Assignments. You have to meet the assignment long tour criteria to be awarded the ribbon.
Oak Leaf Cluster
WEIGHTED AIRMAN PROMOTED SYSTEM POINT VALUE: 0