5 Sample Army Commendation Medal Citations

The Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) was authorized on December 18, 1945 as a commendation ribbon and awarded to members of the Army for heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service after December 6, 1941. It was meant for award where the Bronze Star Medal was not appropriate, i.e., outside of operational areas.  From time to time, we all need a little assistance in articulating the accomplishments of our Soldiers.  Today’s post contains my 5 Samples for Army Commendation (ARCOM) Medal Citations.  Bear with me as these are mostly geared towards MGS type scenarios…but, you get the idea and maybe can draw from these examples.

-For meritorious achievement while assigned as the Vehicle Commander of Blue 3, 1LT Long scored 961 points on MGS Table VI achieving the 56th SBCT Top Gun Award during MGS Gunnery.  Your demonstrated competence and technical expertise were exemplified by your entire crews success.  Your superior performance reflects great credit upon yourself, your unit, the 56th SBCT, the PAANG and the United States Army.

-For exceptional meritorious service while conducting sustainment operations as part of the rear detachment.  Your extraordinary efforts and accomplishments greatly assisted the Battalion’s overall success and reflect great credit upon you, the PAANG and the United States Army.

-For valor and heroism during Operations in Abu Ghraib, Iraq SGT Williams and his fire team began advancing on the enemy.  During the rapid and courageous movement throughout the area, SGT Williams came into contact with direct enemy fire.  Without hesitation SGT Williams led his fire team and managed to out-flank the enemy and seize key terrain to allow follow on elements to advance.  SGT Williams put himself in immediate danger to gain the initiative and facilitate the success of his unit.  SGT Williams is a great credit to his unit, the 2nd Battalion 112th Infantry and the United State Army.

-For meritorious service as Battalion Mortar Platoon Leader, HHC, 2nd Battalion 112th Infantry from October 2013 to October 2015.  Lieutenant Lego provided outstanding leadership for the entire Battalion Mortar Live Fire exercises to include excellent supervision over the maintenance of the entire Battalion MCV fleet.  In all tactical and administrative evaluations, Lieutenant Lego performed in an exemplary manner, enabling his unit to perform with notable success.  Lieutenant Lego’s meritorious performance of duty is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

-For exceptionally meritorious achievement and heroic actions, PFC Cheung displayed qualities in Soldiering that are unmatched and unexpected from Soldiers of his rank and experience.  His actions saved the life of a fellow Soldier.  PFC Cheung’s skills and level-headed approach during a crisis reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Bonus ARCOM Citations

Thanks for the sample ARCOM Citations, Justin.  I thought I would add a few more to expand the list of sample ARCOM Citations.

– For outstanding achievement during the 2010 Vigilant Guard Exercise.  MAJ Holmes provided outstanding leadership, insight, and purpose to the entire Maryland Army National Guard Joint-Staff.  His hard work and diligent efforts contributed significantly to the overall success of the Vigilant Guard Exercise.  MAJ Holmes’ actions reflect great credit upon himself, the Maryland Army National Guard and the United States Army.

arcom citations– For exceptional and meritorious service while serving as the S4 for the 70th Regiment (Leader) in support of Annual training for the Officer Candidate School.  CPT Holmes distinguished himself as a Master of Logistics Operations by ensuring that all aspects of the mission were proactively addressed.  CPT Holmes coordinated the medical supply, convoy movement, traffic control, communications, maintenance support and class 1 support with precision.  CPT Holmes is a credit to himself, the MDARNG and the United States Army.

– For meritorious service as the Company Commander.  CPT Holmes’ leadership and singular devotion to duty greatly enhanced operational support for the 1-175th Infantry Battalion and ensured mission accomplishment.  CPT Holmes’ professionalism and dedication to mission accomplishment reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the Maryland Army National Guard and the United States Army.

– For meritorious service while assigned to S-3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard).  Specialist Holmes’ demonstrated initiative, professionalism, and ceremonial expertise were instrumental to the Regiment’s continued success.  This reflects great credit upon himself, the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard) and the United States Army.

Final Thoughts

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2 thoughts on “5 Sample Army Commendation Medal Citations”

  1. These are all great commendations. Soldiers in combat should receive recognition for their heroic and meritorious service. I do agree with Greg in recognizing those in non-combat roles. Everyone who serves plays a vital role in the military and one should not be discounted solely because they aren’t on the front lines. They should know that their contribution is also important and valued as well.

  2. Forgive me please if I am “out-of-bounds”, but I honestly believe that the one with a Sgt Williams in Iraq actually deserved a higher award such as a bronze star. This is just my opinion, but I have looked at the other samples, and it seems to me that there is some cross over between awards.

    I think this medal should be used more in non-combat or “back of lines situations. There are team members who are not in combat roles, but provide much needed support that do deserve recognition.

    Again, I am not a military leader per say, but as a ex-grunt who is on the outside looking in now, this is my opinion. As I said in another comment on the Bronze star, I feel there needs to be more consistency.

    I look forward to hearing other opinions.

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