Service star

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A service star is a miniature bronze or silver five-pointed star 316 inch (4.8 mm) in diameter that is authorized to be worn by members of the eight uniformed services of the United States on medals and ribbons to denote an additional award or service period.[1] The service star may also be referred to as a campaign star or battle star depending on which award the star is authorized for and the manner in which the device is used for the award.[2]

Stars on service ribbons
Quick facts: Service Star, Type, Awarded for, Presented by...
Service Star
Bronze and silver 316 inch stars
TypeRibbon device
Awarded forWorn to denote subsequent awards or periods of service.[1]
Presented bythe United States
StatusCurrently in use

Service stars, campaign stars, and battle stars are worn with one point of the star pointing up on the suspension ribbon of a medal or service ribbon. A silver star is worn instead of five bronze stars.[1] A service star is sometimes mistaken for a Bronze Star (Bronze Star Medal) or Silver Star (Silver Star Medal). The service star is also similar to the gold and silver 516 -inch stars that may be authorized to be worn on specific individual decorations of certain services to denote additional decorations.

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