Medals and Ranks

How Veterans can request replacement of lost military medals and decorations.

How to Replace Lost Military Medals

Updated: November 9, 2022

Military medals and decorations awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces tell a service member’s story of duty to their country and personal accomplishments. If you or a family member has lost one of these cherished, hard-earned mementos, do not fret – having military medals and decorations replaced by your branch of service is […]

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Silver Star

Silver Star

Updated: November 2, 2022

There are several combat decorations a military member can earn through extraordinary service. The Silver Star, the third-highest of these honors, is presented to those who deserve to be recognized for gallantry in action. Requirements For The Silver Star To be awarded the Silver Star, the service member must meet the following criteria. The specific […]

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Stolen Valor

Stolen Valor

Updated: November 2, 2022

What is stolen valor? There are many examples but the basic definition includes the act of falsely claiming military service, falsely claiming a certain rank which was not earned, and can also include the wear or claim of certain military awards or decorations that were never actually awarded. Examples Of Stolen Valor Some stolen valor […]

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highest ranking military medals

Highest Ranking U.S. Military Medals

Updated: June 29, 2022

The United States military awards medals for valor; meritorious service under combat conditions; non-combat heroism, campaign, expeditionary and service medals and more. The most prestigious military medals recognize valor and heroism, honoring those who went above and beyond the call of duty while serving in combat. The military awards its three highest-ranking medals to “service […]

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Military rank charts

Military Rank and Insignia Charts

Updated: February 28, 2022

Find U.S. military rank and insignia charts for enlisted, officer and warrant officer ranks by service branch: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines and Space Force. The charts are ordered by service branch, pay grade and rank. The corresponding rates and ranks have different names across branches and more than one may fall under […]

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space force ranks

U.S. Space Force Ranks and Insignia

Updated: September 6, 2022

The United States Space Force (USSF) was founded on Dec. 20, 2019, and is organized under the Air Force.  Guardians, or members of the Space Force, are responsible for performing tasks to help facilitate global space exploration operations.  On Jan. 29, 2021, the sixth branch of the U.S. military announced the official Space Force rank […]

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U.S. Marine Corps Ranks and Insignia

Updated: September 6, 2022

The United States Marine Corps is a distinguished U.S. military branch responsible for amphibious warfare. It is one of the most competitive branches of the armed forces, requiring outstanding physical, mental and moral strength. The origins of the Marine Corps date back to 1775 with the establishment of the Continental Marines during the Revolutionary War. […]

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coast guard ranks

U.S. Coast Guard Ranks and Insignia

Updated: September 6, 2022

The U.S. Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security in peacetime and the Navy during wartime. It maintains three missions: maritime security, safety, and stewardship.  There are a variety of career opportunities for seamen to explore in the nine Coast Guard districts in the United States. USCG ranks are comprised of four […]

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U.S. Army Ranks and Insignias

Updated: September 3, 2022

Founded in 1775, the Army is the oldest branch in the U.S. Armed Forces.  U.S. Army ranks and insignias are divided into three categories: enlisted personnel (E-1 through E-9), warrant officers (W-1 through W-9) and commissioned officers (O-1 through O-10).  A service member’s rank and insignia indicate their pay grade, as well as the level […]

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U.S. Air Force Ranks and Insignia

Updated: September 6, 2022

The Air Force is the second-youngest of the six military branches, with only the Space Force being newer. According to the Air Force’s website, they have five core missions: “Air superiority; global strike; rapid global mobility; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and command and control.” There are two categories of Airmen within the Air Force: Enlisted […]

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