Civil Defense / Civil Air Patrol
Awards and Medals
by Ryan Crierie

(last updated 14 April 2011)

Bibliography:

Civil Defense Award Poster, unknown date
Eric Bush's Website on CAP Ribbons (pointed out to me by Jackie Oros)
Undated 1940s document on CAP Ribbons (347~ kb PDF)

Civil Defense Award Ribbons (World War II)

500 Hours of Service

1,000 Hours of Service

2,000 Hours of Service

3,000 Hours of Service

4,000 Hours of Service

5,000 Hours of Service

Civil Air Patrol Merit Ribbons (Late 1940s)

Note on Wear: The award of the White Cadet Merit Ribbon will automatically supersede the Red Cadet Merit Ribbon. Only one of these ribbons will be worn at any one time. The Blue Cadet Merit Ribbon, if awarded, may be worn in addition to the White or the Red.

Red Cadet Merit Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to cadet members who attain a final grade of 90 percent or higher on the prescribed instruction comprising the Basic Training of the CAP Cadet Training Program.

White Cadet Merit Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to cadet members who attain a final grade of 90 percent or higher on the prescribed instruction comprising the Secondary Training of the CAP Cadet Training Program.

Blue Cadet Merit Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to cadet members who distinguish themselves, (1) by exceptionally meritorious service to the cadet program, or (2) by extraordinary acts of heroism under unusually hazardous conditions.

Civil Air Patrol Service Awards (Late 1940s)

Note on Wear: One, two, or all three of the following three ribbons may be worn by Senior Members. The award of any one does not supersede any other.

Meritorious Service Award

This decoration is awarded to senior members who distinguish themselves by particularly meritorious accomplishments which are outstanding. The required service or accomplishment is less than that required for the Exceptional Service Award but must, nevertheless, be accomplished with distinction.

Exceptional Service Award

This decoration is awarded to senior members who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. Such service must be clearly exceptional. A superior performance of the normal duties of a position will not alone justify the award.

Distinguished Service Award

This decoration is awarded to senior members who distinguish themselves, (1) by exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility which has contributed in a high degree to the successful accomplishment of the mission of the Civil Air Patrol, or (2) by extraordinary acts of heroism under unusually hazardous conditions.

Civil Air Patrol Service Ribbons (Late 1940s)

Note on Wear: The award of a White Service Ribbon will automatically supersede the Red Service Ribbon and the award of a Blue Service Ribbon will automatically supersede the White Service Ribbon. Only the highest Service Ribbon authorized will be worn at any one time.

Red Service Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to senior members who have performed a total of at least 500 hours of honorable volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol program, and who have been members of the Civil Air Patrol in good standing for at least two years.

White Service Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to senior members who have performed a total of at least 1,000 hours of honorable volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol program, and who have been members of the Civil Air Patrol in good standing for at least four years.

Blue Service Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to senior members who have performed a total of at least 2,000 hours of honorable volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol program, and who have been members of the Civil Air Patrol in good standing for at least four years.

Civil Air Patrol Service Ribbons (World War II)

Note on Wear: Hours of Service from Jan 1944 to Aug 1949 include all hours spent on Civil Air Patrol work; not just flying hours. Only highest award could be worn.

Green Service Ribbon

Awarded to those who have performed a total of 250 hours of volunteer service in the CAP. (January 1944)

Red Service Ribbon

Awarded to those who have performed a total of 500 hours of volunteer service in the CAP. (January 1944)

Blue Service Ribbon

Awarded to those who have performed a total of 1,000 hours of volunteer service in the CAP. (January 1944)

Civil Air Patrol Wartime Ribbons (World War II)

Air Medal Ribbon

Issued to C.A.P. Coastal Patrol aircrews for services performed from 1942-45.

Antisubmarine Coastal Patrol Ribbon

Southern Liaison Patrol Ribbon

Forest Patrol Ribbon

Missing Aircraft Search Ribbon

Courier Service Ribbon

Tow-Target and Tracking Ribbon

First Generation Civil Air Patrol Ribbons

Certificate of Proficiency (1954)

International Drill Competition (1956)

Second Generation Civil Air Patrol Ribbons

Civil Defense Ribbon (1970)