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President Orders "M" Decoration for Mobilized Reservists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 1996 – President Clinton recently authorized a bronze "M" mobilization device for qualified reserve component members. The device will be worn on the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

The device goes to any Reserve or National Guard member deployed to support contingency operations on or after Aug. 1, 1990. Nearly 282,000 Reserve and National Guard members are now eligible to wear the device -- including troops currently supporting Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans.

Other eligible troops include veterans of the Persian Gulf War, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. "This device recognizes the sacrifice of our National Guard and Reserve people who are mobilized as part of the total force," said Defense Secretary William J. Perry.

Clinton's order recognizes service for longevity and mobilization. Bronze, silver and gold hourglass devices represent 10, 20 and 30 years of reserve component service. The "M" device indicates service during a mobilization or contingency designated by the secretary of defense, while an Arabic numeral indicates the number of "M" devices awarded.

DoD established the device in 1993 to recognize reserve component members for their "special sacrifice in service to the nation."

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