Operational Distinguishing Device
The Operational Distinguishing Device ("O" device) is a miniature silver 5⁄16 inch letter "O" that is authorized by the United States Coast Guard as a ribbon device which may be authorized for wear on certain awards and decorations of the United States Coast Guard.
|Operational Distinguishing Device|
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with
"O" (Operational) device and 5⁄16 Inch Stars
|Awarded by the |
Department of Homeland Security
|Country||United States of America|
|Eligibility||Coast Guard personnel|
|Awarded for||Direct participation in missions of an operational "hands on" nature.|
The "O" device is either centered on the suspension and service ribbon of the medal or unit award ribbon, or to the middle-right if there are an even number of letter devices on the ribbon. Any authorized gold 5⁄16 Inch Stars alternate around the "O" device. The first star is placed to the wearer’s right of the "O" device and the second star is placed to wearer's left of the "O" device. Only one "O" device may be worn per ribbon.
Eligibility criteria are based on a member's or unit's direct participation in missions of an operational "hands on" nature. To qualify for this device on a decoration, both the person's work and unit must be operational in nature.
The decision to authorize an Operational Distinguishing Device is made by the award approving authority, giving a wide discretion as to what actions may qualify.
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Coast Guard Commendation Medal
- Coast Guard Achievement Medal
- Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon
- "Department of Defense Manual 1348.33, Volume 3" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. 23 November 2010. pp. 1, 1. (2) "service devices". Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION M1020.6F UNIFORM REGULATIONS MANUAL
- COMDTINST M1650.25D, Medals and Awards Manual, Chapter 1, Table 1