USAF Overseas Short and Long Tour
Service Ribbon Display Recognition

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        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have three display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Document Only
        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements

        You must submit a photocopy of your DD-214 displaying your Overseas service time.

        NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        WARNING!
        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone / Fax: 1-562-422-4100

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Price Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $8.35 $22.35
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $8.35 $27.35
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • Total/Shipping prices, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How To Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include a copy of your DD-214 or other pre-arranged document(s).

        DISPLAY RECOGNITION and/or MEDAL APPLICATION FORM

        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549

        Questions?

        Email: USAF Overseas Short Tour Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100

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        Issue Regulations: Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour)
        Click here for Long Tour Issue Regulations

        Establishing Authority


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        The Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour) was established on October 12, 1980, by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Lew Allen, Jr.

        Effective Dates

        When originally established in 1980 no criteria was set for retroactivity which made the OSST retroactive to WW2 AAF personnel. In 1986 the Air Force re-set retroactivity to allow any current active or Reserve member who served overseas prior to 1980 to be authorized the ribbon.

        Criteria

        This ribbon is awarded to Air Force members credited with completion of an overseas assignment defined as a "short tour" by Air Force regulations and that is not recognized by any other medal or ribbon.

        Order of Precedence

        This ribbon is worn after the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal and before the Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour).

        Restrictions

        The Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour) may not be worn on the Navy or Marine Corps uniform.

        Devices

        Additional awards are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters (a silver oak leaf cluster denotes a sixth award).

        Additional awards are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters.


        Examples of Short Tour Eligibility

        A Short Tour is whatever the Air Force determines it to be. A Short Tour is shorter than a normal tour for any given assignment area.

        Example Number One:

          If a normal tour of duty to Siberia is 12 months (which is the minimum requirement for receiving the Siberian Service Medal) but you were sent on special assignment to Siberia to be there only 4 months you would be eligible for the Short Tour Ribbon but not the Siberian Service Medal. Also, if your 4 month tour was extended to 5 months (or 4 months and 1 day) you would be eligible for the Long Tour Ribbon, but again, not the Siberian Service Medal because you were not in Siberia for 12 months (which is the criteria for receiving the Siberian Service Medal).

        Example Number Two:

          The Air Force has designated a normal overseas tour of duty to be 18 months. You receive orders to spend 10 months in Roguestan where:

          • 12 months service is required to receive the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
          • There is no medal (yet) established for service in Roguestan
          • The Global War Expeditionary Medal is not authorized for Roguestan service

          Upon completing your 10 months in Roguestan you are eligible for the Short Tour Ribbon. However, if you agree to spend any additional days, weeks or months in Roguestan beyond your 10 month assignment you will be eligible for the Long Tour Ribbon... unless you remained in Roguestan for 12 or months at which point you would be eligible for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. (Both your Short and Long Tour ribbons for Roguestan service would automatically be voided/rescinded at the point you became eligible for the AFEM medal. [Long or Short tour ribbons awarded for other service areas/periods would remain valid.])

          Additional awards are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters (a silver oak leaf cluster denotes a sixth award).


        Issue Regulations: Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour)

        Establishing Authority


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        Establishing Authority

        The Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour) was established on October 12, 1980, by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Lew Allen, Jr.

        Effective Dates

        When originally established in 1980 no criteria was set for retroactivity which made the OSST retroactive to WW2 AAF personnel. In 1986 the Air Force re-set retroactivity to allow any current active or Reserve member who served overseas prior to 1980 to be authorized the ribbon.

        Criteria

        This ribbon is awarded to Air Force members credited with completion of an overseas assignment defined as a "long tour" by Air Force regulations and that is not recognized by any other medal or ribbon.

        Order of Precedence

        This ribbon is worn after the Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour) and before the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon.

        Restrictions

        The Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour) may not be worn on the Navy or Marine Corps uniform.

        Devices

        Additional awards are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters (a silver oak leaf cluster denotes a sixth award).

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