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Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

Awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity during three years of active enlisted service with the Air Force Reserves. Originally created in 1964 as the "Air Force Reserve Ribbon", the decoration became a full sized medal, under its current name, in 1971. From 1965 to 1974, the award was presented for four years of honorable reserve service, however the time limit was lowered to three years beginning in 1975. Additional awards of the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal are denoted with oak leaf clusters. Reserve Good Conduct Medals are typically intended only for enlisted personnel and are not eligible to be presented to officers. The primary difference between the regular Good Conduct Medal and the Reserve Good Conduct Medal is that the Good Conduct Medal is only issued for active duty service while the reserve equivalent is bestowed for reserve duties such as drill and annual training. The Armed Forces Reserve Medal is a similar decoration which is awarded for ten years of honorable reserve service and is presented to both officers and enlisted personnel.