[Title 32 CFR 578.27]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - July 1, 2002 Edition]
[Title 32 - NATIONAL DEFENSE]
[Chapter V - DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY]
[Subchapter F - PERSONNEL]
[Part 578 - DECORATIONS, MEDALS, RIBBONS, AND SIMILAR DEVICES]
[Sec. 578.27 - Good Conduct Medal.]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Sec. 578.27 Good Conduct Medal.
(a) Purpose. The Good Conduct Medal, established by Executive Order
8809 and amended by Executive Order 9323 and by Executive Order 10444 is
awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active
Federal military service. It is awarded on a selective basis to each
soldier who distinguishes himself from among his fellow soldiers by his
exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity while in an enlisted status.
There is no right or entitlement to the medal until the immediate
commander has made positive recommendation for its award, and until the
awarding authority has announced the award in General Orders. To qualify
for an award of the Good Conduct Medal, an enlisted person must meet
specified criteria throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted
active Federal military service, as outlined in this section.
(b) Awarding authority. General and field grade officer commanders
are authorized to award the Good Conduct Medal (original and subsequent
awards) to enlisted personnel serving under their command jurisdiction
who meet the established criteria. This delegated authority is limited
to service during the 36 calendar months immediately
preceding the date of current considerations. Personnel processing
installation or activity commanders are prohibited from awarding the
Good Conduct Medal to personnel other than members of their own
(c) Special provisions. (1) Qualifying periods of service must be
continuous enlisted active Federal military service. When an interval in
excess of 24 hours occurs between enlistments, that portion of service
prior to the interruption is not creditable toward an award.
(2) Entry into service as a cadet or midshipman at any United States
service academy or discharge from enlisted status for immedate entry on
active duty in an officer status is considered termination of service
for the purpose of awarding the Good Conduct Medal.
(3) A qualified person scheduled for separation from active Federal
military service should receive the award at his last duty station. Such
award is authorized up to 30 days prior to the soldier's departure en
route to a separation processing installation in CONUS or overseas.
Orders announcing such advance awards will indicate the closing date of
periods for the award prefixed with ``DOSOA'' (indicating ``Date of
separation on or about'').
(4) An award made for any authorized period of less than 3 years
must be for the total period of obligated active Federal military
(5) Discharge under provisions of AR 635-205 for immediate (re) +
enlistment is not termination of service.
(6) Retroactive awards will be made only by The Adjutant General
after favorable consideration of requests, submitted through channels,
which include adequate evidence of injustice.
(d) Qualifying periods of service. Any one of the following periods
of continuous enlisted active Federal military service qualifies for
award of the Good Conduct Medal or of a Clasp, in conjunction with the
criteria in paragraph (e) of this section.
(1) Each 3 years completed on or after August 26, 1940.
(2) For first award only, 1 year served entirely during the period
December 7, 1941 to March 2, 1946.
(3) For the first award only, upon termination of service on or
after June 27, 1950, of less than 3 years but more than 1 year.
(4) For first award only, upon termination of service, on or after
June 27, 1950, of less than 1 year when final separation was by reason
of physical disability incurred in line of duty.
(e) Criteria. Throughout a qualifying period each enlisted person
must meet all of the following criteria for an award.
(1) All conduct (character) and efficiency ratings must be recorded
as ``Excellent'' except that:
(i) Ratings of ``Unknown'' for portions of the period under
consideration are not disqualifying.
(ii) Service school efficiency ratings based upon academic
proficiency of at least ``Good'' rendered subsequent to November 22,
1955 are not disqualifying.
(2) No conviction by court-martial during the period.
(3) The individual must not be serving in, nor have been serving at
the time of separation in, an assignment of the type designated as
``specially controlled duties'' in AR 604-10.
(f) Basis for recommendation. Recommendation by the individual's
immediate unit commander is required for award of the Good Conduct Medal
by the approving authority. Such commander's recommendation will be
based on his personal knowledge and on the individual's official records
for periods of service under prior commanders during the period for
which the award is to be made. The lack of official disqualifying
comment by such previous commanders qualifies the use of such periods
toward the award by current commander.
(g) Clasp. A good Conduct Medal Clasp is awarded for wear on the
Good Conduct Medal suspension ribbon and service ribbon to denote a
second or subsequent award of the medal. Not more than one Good
Conduction Medal may be awarded to any one person.
(h) Presentation. Presentation of the Good Conduct Medal to military
personnel may be made at troop formations.
(i) Description. The Good Conduct Medal of bronze is 1\1/4\ inches
in diameter. On the obverse is an eagle standing
on a closed book and Roman sword, encircled by the words ``Efficiency-
Honor-Fidelity.'' On the reverse is a five-pointed star and a scroll
between the words ``For Good'' and ``Conduct,'' surrounded by a wreath
formed by a laurel branch on the left and an oak branch on the right.
The medal is suspended by a ring from a silk moire ribbon 1\3/8\ inches
long and 1\3/8\ inches wide composed of stripes of red (\1/16\ inch),
white (\1/16\ inch), red (\1/16\ inch), white (\1/16\ inch), red (\1/16\
inch), white (\1/16\ inch), red (\5/8\ inch), white (\1/16\ inch), red
(\1/16\ inch), white (\1/16\ inch), red (\1/16\ inch), white (\1/16\
inch), and red (\1/16\ inch).
[26 FR 6436, July 18, 1961]