USA Primary Leadership
Development Ribbon
Replacement Recognition

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  • Sample Replacement Recognitions
  • Display Types
  • Issue Requirements
  • Issue Regulations
  • Who May Apply
  • Administration Processing and Delivery
  • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
  • Mailing Address
  • Questions?
  • Other Replacement Recognitions
  • Army Websites
  • Army Discussion Forum
  • Sample Replacement Recognition

    Who May Apply

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

    Display Types

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

    Heavy Bond Enclosure
    Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
    Trimmed in Appearance Gold

    Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

    Issue Requirements
    You must submit ONE of the following:

  • A photocopy of your DD-214
  • Or, a photocopy of general orders
  • Or, a photocopy of training record

    This Replacement 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 Replacement Medal or a Replacement Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

    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: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

    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 $10.50 USPS $24.50
    Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50
    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 Replacement Recognition using a...

  • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
  • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
  • Personal or Business Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
  • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
  • (* 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).


    Mailing Address

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


    Email: Primary Leadership Development Recognition Inquiry

    Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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    Issue Regulations

    Primary Leadership Development Ribbon

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    Establishing Authority

    The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon was established on April 10, 1981, by Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.

    Effective Dates

    The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon has been in effect since August 1, 1981. For budgetary reasons the PLDC was not made retroactive. However, prior service NCO leadership and advancement personnel are permitted to wear the PLDC ribbon.


    The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon is awarded to all enlisted members of the Army to include the Reserve Components (Army National Guard and Army Reserve), for successful completion of designated Primary Leadership development courses.

    Order of Precedence

    The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon is worn after the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and before the Army Service Ribbon.


    This ribbon may not be worn on the Navy or Coast Guard uniforms.


    The numerals "2" "3" and "4" are worn on the ribbon to indicate the highest level of training successfully completed. Army members who complete primary level NCO training (Primary NCO Course, Combat Army Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course) will wear the ribbon without a numeral, and those who complete higher levels will wear the appropriate numeral.

    The numeral "2" denotes the basic level (Basic NCO Course, Combat Arms; Basic Technical Courses, and Basic NCO Course).

    The numeral "3" denotes the advanced level (Advanced NCO Courses).

    The numeral "4" denotes senior level courses.

    The numeral "5" is obsolete and was formerly used to denoted completion of the U.S. Army Sergeants-Major Academy.

    1. Description: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width. It is composed of the following vertical stripes: 3/16 inch Green 67129, 1/8 inch Yellow 67108, 3/16 inch Green, 1/16 inch Yellow; 1/4 inch Flag Blue 67124, 1/16 inch Yellow, 3/16 inch Green, 1/8 inch Yellow, and 3/16 inch Green.

    2. Components: Ribbon. MIL-D-11589/283. (There is no medal for this ribbon).

    3. Criteria: a. The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon is awarded to members of the United States Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve for successful completion of designated Noncommissioned Officer professional development courses.

    b. A numeral is affixed to the ribbon to indicate completion of specific levels of subsequent courses. Primary level course is indicated by the basic ribbon; basic level course with the number 2; advanced level course with number 3; and senior level course (Sergeants Major Academy) with number 4.

    c. Specific criteria for award is contained in AR 600-8-22.

    4. Background: a. The Primary Leadership Development Ribbon was established by the Secretary of the Army on April 10, 1981.

    b. The colors of the ribbon represent the colors of the chevrons worn by the non-commissioned officer and are on each side of a blue field representing support to the United States.