Established 1950 the Armed Forces Reserve Medal is awarded to enlisted members including officers of the United States armed forces reserve after completing 10 years of service. This applies to all services including the Coast Guard and National Guard. An Hour Glass device is added to the service ribbon to denote an extra award of this medal and is either Bronze, silver or Gold. A letter M indicates Mobilisation and the number 3 the number of times mobilised. Designed by the Heraldic Branch of the Army’s quartermasters store the medal has a crossed powder horn, bugle and flaming torch on a design of thirteen stars with reverse inscribed “Armed Forces Reserve” and different emblem for each service.
Reverse for Air Force, Army, National Guard, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corp.
Ribbon with Hourglass device for subsequent award of the armed forces reserve medal.
Air Force AFRM unknown maker circa 1950’s to 60’s. Eagle in the Clouds. Army AFRM unknown maker issued circa 1950’s to 60’s. Minute man from organised reserve crest. National Guard AFRM made by Lordship Industries circa 1975 – 85 National Guard Insignia. Navy AFRM made by Lordship Industries circa 1975 – 85, Ship behind a eagle perched on an anchor. Coast Guard AFRM made by Graco industries Circa 1982 to 1995, Coast Guard Insignia. Marine Corp AFRM made by Williams & Anderson circa 1970’s, Marine Corp Insignia.
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Army reserve components medal.
1971. For exemplary conduct , fidelity and efficiency for 3 years service in the Army Reserve or National guard reserve. There are two versions available for the Army and National Guard. Crossed swords on a torch within a twelve pointed star, reverse has “Untied States Army Reserve” or “United States National Guard” and the words “For Achievement” at the bottom edge. A bronze or silver oak leaf device can be added for subsequent awards.
Naval reserve meritorious service medal.
- Awarded for outstanding conduct and performance during a four year enlisted period of service in the Naval reserve. Designed by the Institute of Heraldry the design shows an Anchor with rope and a scroll with “meritorious service” encircled with “Unites States Naval reserve”, reverse is blank. A bronze or silver star device can be added for subsequent awards.
Air reserve forces meritorious service medal.
- Awarded for exemplary conduct , fidelity and efficiency for 3 years service in the air force reserve. Eagle on a star with the reverse “Exemplary behaviour, Efficiency, Fidelity” with space for engraving recipients name. A bronze or silver oak leaf device can be added for subsequent awards.
Selected Marine Corp reserve medal.
- Awarded for outstanding conduct and performance during a four year enlisted period of service in the marine corp reserve. A bronze or silver star device can be added for subsequent awards. Two pre WW2 Marine figures on obverse. Reverse has the words ” Fidelity Zeal Obedience” around the outer edge, with the centre blank to allow recipients name to be engraved. Earlier version of this award was Organized marine corp reserve medal.
Naval reserve medal (obsolete).
Instituted 1938 until 1958. Awarded to reservists for ten years satisfactory reserve service.
Awarded for ten years honourable service in the US naval reserve. Medal shows an Eagle on an Anchor. Reverse is flat with “United States Naval Reserve” and “Faithful service”. This medal was replaced by the Armed forces reserve medal (Navy).