Department of Defense Authorizes Service Stars on the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
DOD News 9 February 2015
The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members are authorized to wear
Service Stars on their Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals (GWOT-EM) to represent deployments in
support of approved GWOT operations.
Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing the new
policy change retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.
Only one GWOT-EM is awarded for each approved operation. For example, a service member who was awarded
the medal for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment, and is subsequently authorized a second award for an
Operation Inherent Resolve deployment would wear a single Service Star on the GWOT-EM to denote both awards.
The five GWOT-EM approved operations are:
Operation Inclusive Dates
ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) Sep 11, 2001 – TBD
IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) Mar 19, 2003 – Aug 31, 2010
NOMAD SHADOW (ONS) Nov 5, 2007 – TBD
NEW DAWN (OND) Sep 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2011
INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) June 15, 2014 – TBD
This policy change does not adjust criteria for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign
Full eligibility criteria for the GWOT-EM are contained in Department of Defense Manual 1348.33, Volume 2, Manual
of Military Decorations and Awards: DoD Service Awards – Campaign, Expeditionary, and Service Medals.
Additionally, each military department will prescribe procedures for service members’ requests for award of GWOT-
EM Service Stars.
The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is positioned above the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
in precedence, and directly follows the Kosovo Campaign Medal.