The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is awarded to military personnel for serving active duty in the borders of Afghanistan for a period of 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days. This award is retroactive to October 24th, 2001. Those in combat or wounded in combat with enemy forces can receive this medal no matter how many days spent in Afghanistan. Any personnel killed in action while serving in Afghanistan are also awarded this medal.
A Bronze Campaign Star is worn on the service medal for each campaign in which the service member has participated. The authorized campaigns are:
Liberation of Afghanistan - September 11th, 2001 to November 30th, 2001
Consolidation I - December 1st, 2001 to September 30th, 2006
Consolidation II - October 1st, 2006 to November 30th, 2009
Consolidation III - December 1st, 2009 to June 30th, 2011
Transition I - July 1st, 2001 to a date yet to be determined.
The ACM replaces the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for personnel who served in Afghanistan. If the personnel have previously received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, they may choose whether or not they want to exchange their medal for the new Afghanistan Campaign Medal. These two medals can not be awarded for the same period of service in Afghanistan, in addition, current time served will only be recognized with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.