Did you ever wonder what all those badges and medals mean that our SEAL has pinned to his uniform?
Well, you came to the right place.
List of Badges and Ribbons received by Steve.
o Special Warfare Insignia (SEAL Trident) – The Special Warfare insignia (aka the “SEAL Trident” or the “Budweiser Badge”), is awarded to personnel who completed BUD/S training and qualification, and have been designated as Navy SEALs and assigned to Navy SEAL Teams or Special Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams
o Naval Parachutist – The Parachutists insignia, also known as “jump wings”, is awarded to personnel for training in airborne school. The basic insignia is issued for completion of basic parachutist training. The Naval Parachutist insignia is issued after 10 qualifying jumps.
Ribbons (in order of precedence):
o Silver Star – “Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States”
o Bronze Star – “Heroic or meritorious achievement or service”
o Purple Heart (1 Star) – “Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces”
o Joint Service Commendation – “distinguishing oneself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.”
o Navy/Marine Corps Commendation (2 Stars) – “distinguishing oneself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.”
o Joint Service Achievement (1 oak leaf) – “Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher.”
o Navy/Marine Corps Achievement – Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher.”
o Combat Action Ribbon (1 Star) – Actively engaged in ground combat with the enemy
o Navy Presidential Unit Citation – “[G]allantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions”
o Joint Meritorious Unit Award – Awarded to joint units or units tasked to perform a joint mission
o Navy Unit Commendation – Unit heroism lesser than that required of a Presidential Unit Citation or non-combat service which was outstanding when compared to other units or organizations performing similar service.
o Fleet Marine Force Ribbon – The award signified the acquisition of specific professional skills, knowledge and military experience that resulted in qualifications above those normally required of Navy personnel serving with the Marine Corps operating forces.
o National Defense Service Medal – Military service during periods of national emergency
o Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 Stars) – Awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, have participated in a United States military operation and encountered foreign armed opposition, or were in danger of hostile action by foreign Armed Forces
o Afghanistan Campaign Medal – It is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days
o Iraq Campaign Medal – It is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Iraq (or its territorial waters) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days
o Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary – overseas direct service to the Global War on Terrorism
o Global War on Terrorism Service – Direct support in service to the Global War on Terrorism
o Humanitarian Service – Established to honor personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguished themselves by meritorious direct participation (hands on) in a significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature, or have rendered a service to mankind.
o Navy Sea Service Deployment (4 Stars) – recognizes those service members who have performed military duty while stationed on a vessel at sea.
o Navy Expert Rifleman Medal – Awarded for qualifying as an expert marksman on M16 rifle
o Navy Expert Pistol Medal – Awarded for qualifying as an expert marksman on 9mm M9 pistol.
*Stars/Oak Leafs Awards are for subsequent awards of the same medal.
So, as you can see, Steve is highly decorated. By the way, in the pilot they didn’t seem so sure about how many medals our Steve had received so far. His uniform looked very different in that first episode. Just two rows of ribbons.
All this information was given during season 1. I’m sorry, but I don’t know who to credit for this. The information floated around on official sites and fan sites. No idea where it first came from. If anyone knows, I will gladly give credit to the person who first put this all together. Whoever it was, thank you.