Sample Army Achievement Medal (AAM) Citations

The Army Achievement Medal (AAM) is awarded to members of the Armed Forces below the rank of Colonel who, while serving in any capacity with the Army in a noncombat area, distinguish themselves by outstanding achievement or meritorious service, but not of a nature that would warrant the award of an Army Commendation Medal.

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 Achievement (AAM) 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 outstanding performance of duties during MGS Gunnery 2013 while serving as Battalion VCE and Range Operations NCOIC.  Your attention to detail, technical expertise, administrative abilities and coordination of efforts contributed to the overall success of the Battalion MGS as evident through their outstanding scores.  Your outstanding performance reflect great credit upon you, the 2nd Battalion 112th Infantry, the PAANG and the United States Army.

-For exceptionally, meritorious service during the period XX October 2010 to XX October 2013 while assigned as MGS Vehicle Commander.  SSG Homer’s outstanding initiative, leadership and technical proficiency have been instrumental in the organizational improvement of the Battalion MGS crews and their ability to meet their requirements.  SSG Homer’s superb performance and professionalism has contributed significantly to the success of his Platoon and reflect great credit upon himself, his Command and the United States Army.

– For exceptionally meritorious service while serving as the Battalion Master Gunner for the 2nd Battalion 112th Infantry during the period XX January 2011 to XX January 2013 and assisting the S-3 during MGS Gunnery Training at Fort Knox, KY.

-For meritorious achievement while serving as a Recruiting Assistant and Strength Management NCO for the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team during the period XX February 2012 to XX February 2013.  SGT Markus was instrumental in improving the overall strength and retention efforts throughout the Brigade through his professional technical assistance.  His efforts contributed significantly to improving the readiness of the 56th SBCT through increased re-enlistments, extensions and new recruits.  SGT Markus’s dedicated service reflects great credit upon himself, the 56th SBCT and the PAANG.

-For meritorious achievement as Honor Graduate of the US Army Pathfinder course Class 13-001.  Your extraordinary efforts and accomplishments reflect distinction upon yourself, your unit, the PAANG and the United States Army.

Part-Time-Commander.com Update

Great article, Justin.  I thought I would chime in my two cents here and add a few more sample Army Achievement Medal Citations, just to give you some additional ideas.  These are all from my Leader’s Book.

– For exceptionally meritorious service while performing duties in the G3, Directorate, Plans, Operations and Training from 24 June to 31 October 2008.  CPT Holmes was instrumental in assisting with managing the NGB Title 10 Short Tour ADOS packets, writing OPORDs, impacting daily state functions and emergency operations, and creating the template for the Armory Capabilities Summary, among other contributions.  CPT Holmes is a superb officer whose positive attitude and exceptional management skill-set bring great credit upon himself and the Maryland Army National Guard.

– For exceptionally meritorious service in preparation for deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the 64th Forward Support Battalion.  1LT Holmes’ hard work, leadership, and meticulous attention to detail reflects great credit upon himself, the 64th Forward Support Battalion, and the United States Army.

– For exceptional meritorious service in support of HHD, 64th Forward Support Battalion during NTC 03-01.  1LT Holmes’ initiative, hard work, ethic, and “can do” attitude had a direct impact on the success of the battalion.  This reflects great credit upon himself, the 64th Forward Support Battalion and the United States Army.

– For exceptional meritorious service in support of the Division Capstone Exercise at Fort Hood, Texas.  2LT Holmes’ hard work and initiative contributed greatly to the success of the 4th Infantry Division’s Training Event.  This reflects great credit upon himself, the 64th Forward Support Battalion and the United States Army.

Final Thoughts

I think the key to success when writing AAMs is to use numbers, facts and figures in your AAM citation.  Be as specific as you can.  Put some thought into it and get input from the recommended Soldier or from your superiors.  However, don’t let perfection keep you from doing doing it.  Good enough is good enough.  In addition, every Battalion Commander has different views and policies for what they will and will not approve when it comes to AAMs.  Find out what they like and simply format your AAMs that way.

If you have some sample AAM Citations, please share it with us.  It would benefit our entire community.  Just leave a comment below to do so.

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4 thoughts on “Sample Army Achievement Medal (AAM) Citations”

  1. Many of today’s soldiers, the younger ones, need constant feedback to stay motivated. They have a different work ethic, come from a different generation. They need reassurance that they are doing a good job and AAM Citations do just that. When you receive recognition for a job well done, it goes a long way. Even more than just a promotion or pay raise sometimes that can seem a bit impersonal. But when someone you respect says glowing things about you and your contribution it instills a sense of pride.

  2. While I do not have any examples of AAM Citations, I must chime in that I believe any commander should be looking for every opportunity to give these awards out. We, as humans, are enlivened by recognition. If you want a soldier to work harder and be better, recognition can be the best answer. Many feel that being a hard-ass will get soldiers to work harder. I disagree in many circumstances. Recognition is the best answer.

  3. Thanks for your additional AAM Citation examples, Chuck. Looks like you had some great accomplishments during your time!

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