President Clinton has signed an executive order authorizing
the award of a bronze M mobilization device to be worn by U.S.
Military Reserve component members who have performed qualifying
active duty service in support of a designated contingency
operation on or after Aug. 1, 1990.
This executive order makes approximately 282,000 Reserve and
National Guard members eligible to wear the device, including
those who participated in the Persian Gulf War, Operation RESTORE
HOPE (Somalia), Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti) and Operation
JOINT ENDEAVOR (Bosnia).
This device recognizes the sacrifice of our National Guard
and Reserve people who are mobilized as part of the Total Force,
Secretary of Defense William J. Perry said.
The M appurtenance will be worn on the Armed Forces
The new Executive Order accomodates service for
both longevity and for mobilization through the use of (1)
bronze, silver and gold hourglass devices designating 10, 20 and
30 years of Reserve service; (2) the M device for service
during a mobilization or contingency designated by the Secretary
of Defense and; (3) an Arabic numeral indicating the number of
times the M device has been awarded.
The M device was established in 1993 by the Secretary of
Defense to recognize the special sacrifice in service to the
Nation of Reserve component personnel who volunteered or were
called to active duty in support of a mobilization or
For more information contact Lt. Col. Terry Jones at (703)