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Developmental Special Duty Ribbon


The SECAF established the Air Force Special Duty Ribbon on 4 September 2014 to recognize Airmen who successfully perform the challenge of a special duty assignment. The ribbon was designed to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of present and future Airmen who served in an extremely difficult duty or a duty that required an unusual degree of responsibility. These Airmen experienced personal sacrifices well above their peers in other special duties and their direction was critical to molding and sustaining our future force.



It is awarded to all service members who are awarded a special duty Air Force Specialty Code or a special duty identifier, and successfully completed a special duty assignment (includes consecutive assignments). This ribbon was effective 4 September 2014 and is not retroactive prior to this establishment date. 


Qualifying special duty assignments are: T –prefix (Training Instructor in core AFSC (officer and enlisted)), 80C0 (Commander, Cadet Squadron, USAFA), 81C0 (Training Commander, OTS), 81T0 (Instructor), 82A0 (Academic Program Manager), 8A100 (Career Assistance Advisor), 8B000 (Military Training Instructor), 8B100 (Military Training Leader), 8B200 (USAFA Military Training), 8C000 (Airman and Family Readiness Center NCO), 8F000 (First Sergeant), 85G and 8G000 (Honor Guard), 8H000 (Dorm Leaders), 83R and 8R000 (Recruiter), and 8T000 (Professional Military Education (PME) Instructor).



Oak Leaf Cluster is awarded for successful completion of additional or consecutive special duty assignments.




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