Soldier’s Medal

The Soldier’s medal ribbon is bestowed with the soldier’s medal and honors the members of the U.S. Armed forces who distinguish themselves with heroic acts. This honor doesn’t require the soldier to confront the hostiles. It is typically respected for risking life or losing a limb while saving others. This medal is the greatest distinction a soldier can earn in exhibiting bravery. The Service members with the Soldier’s medal are eligible for retirement pay with a 10 percent increase in their retirement pay. The ribbon has thin alternating vertical stripes, seven white and six red, flanked on either side by thicker blue stripes.

  • Type:

    Personal Military Decoration

  • Awarded for:

    Accompanies the Soldier's Medal

  • Status:

    Currently used

  • Established:

    2 July 1926 (along with Soldier’s Medal)