Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard


Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard

Awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard are military decorations of the United States Coast Guard which are currently issued under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to 2002, such awards were issued by the Secretary of Transportation and Coast Guard personnel were eligible to receive a variety of Department of Transportation (DOT) civilian decorations. Since transferring to the Department of Homeland Security, the issuance of DOT awards has been discontinued in the Coast Guard, although such awards may still be seen on active duty Coast Guard uniforms.

Coast Guard military awards are similar to U.S. Navy decorations and Coast Guard personnel are eligible to receive all inter-service decorations, authorized foreign awards and international decorations.

The current active decorations of the U.S. Coast Guard are as follows:

Coast Guard Decorations

Coast Guard Lifesaving Medals

Unit decorations

Conduct medals

U.S. service, campaign and training awards

Authorized non-U.S. service awards and foreign decorations

Marksmanship awards


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