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a. Authorization. Established by Secretary General, United Nations Regulations dated 30 July 1959. E.O. 11139 authorized SECDEF to approve acceptance and wear.

b. United Nations Medal Eligibility Requirements. U.S. service members who are or have been in the service of the U.N. in operations designated by SECDEF may accept the United Nations Medal when awarded by the Chief of the U.N. Mission. Following.are the qualifying operations:

Truce Supervisory Organization in Palestine (Jun 48 - TBD)
Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Jan 49 - TBD)
Observation Group in Lebanon (Jun - Dec 58)
Security Forces, Hollandia (Dates Unknown)
Iraq/Kuwait Observation Group (Apr 91 - TBD)
Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (May 91 - TBD)
Advance Mission in Cambodia (Oct 91 - Mar 92)
Transitional Authority in Cambodia (Feb 92 - TBD)
Protection Force in Yugoslavia (Feb 92 - TBD)
Somalia (includes U.S. Quick Reaction Force) (24 Apr 92 - TBD)
Mission in Haiti (23 Sep 94 - TBD)
U.N. Special Service (6 Oct 97 - TBD)

c. The United Nations Medal is awarded by the U.N. to individuals who are actually assigned to U.N. operations. The U.N.'s practice is to use the same medallion for all awards, with a different suspension ribbon for each authorized operation.

d. If approved by SECDEF, U.S. personnel who meet the criteria may accept and wear the first United Nations Medal, with unique suspension and service ribbon, for which they are eligible. To recognize subsequent awards for service in a different U.N. mission or action, the member will affix a bronze 3/16 inch service star to the first U.N. suspension and service ribbon awarded.

e. The United Nations Medal will normally be awarded by the Chief of the U.N. Mission to qualifying U.S. service members prior to their departure from service with the U.N. Questions regarding eligibility must be addressed directly to the U.N. Mission.

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