UFS Awards

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Issuance of Awards

All awards are issued at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief United Federation Starfleet. Recommendations are made in MSR's monthly by the respective Branch Heads and Station/Ship Commanders, who submit them to the Promotion and Awards Board for consideration. While other members of the Promo/Awards Board have a say, it is ultimately up to the Commander-in-Chief to give awards. Awards are then announced, along with the Promotions. As for annual awards, this is done in a similar setting as the Branch awards. All members of the Promotions Board make their recommendations and submit them to the Commander-in-Chief, who then makes his decisions from there. Awards are then compiled by the Awards director and prepared for release at the Admiral's Banquet. The only exception to the above mentioned case is the dispensation of Awards to the Commander-in-Chief. In this instance the Admiral has no say, and decisions on which awards are earned or deserved are made entirely by those on the Board. This is done in confidence and the Admiral's awards are announced by the Director of Promotions and Awards at the annual Admiral's Banquet.

Order of Precedence

When displaying your awards on your uniform, there are several things one must pay attention to. Firstly and most importantly it is crucial to realize that some awards are more important than others. This means that while ordering your awards on either your uniform or on a Ribbon Display Rack, one must pay specific attention the order in which you arrange the ribbons.

When arranging your awards, you should always begin with your lowest precedent ribbon (Look below for the order of Award's precedence), placing it on the lower right hand corner of your rack, continue by selecting the next ribbon and placing that to the right of your first ribbon. Continue this until you have four ribbons in one row, once this occurs, move up to the next row, again starting in the right corner and arranging them in order from lowest to highest. Continue until you have placed all your awards in, always putting rows in multiples of 4. If on the top row you have less than 4, be sure to space the awards evenly across the top. If you have multiples of any award, for example 2 Good Conduct awards, use the rules of clustering, adding the device on top of one of the awards. In addition, if you ever have a service award and for example you get another service award, (i.e. going from 1 Year Service Award to 2 Year Service Award) you only need to display the most recent award.

I hope this explains better the concept of arranging your awards. Remember putting your awards in a rack is completely optional. Now I will explain the order of precedence for awards. As a general rule, Annual Awards hold a higher precedence than Branch Awards which hold a higher precedence than Service Awards. Within Annual awards, Lower Honors < Medium Honors < Top Honors < Special Honors. In Branch Awards, all Branches hold equal footing, however when arranging your Awards, it is usually common for you to place the awards given to you from your branch as higher than awards from other branches. The only exception to this rule is that Command Awards are given a higher precedence than any other Branch. Within each Branch, there should be at least one annual award, this holds higher precedence than the monthly awards. Within Branch Awards, other branches awards < your branches awards < Command Branch. Finally service awards, this is generally if you have one the first slot in your award rack, simple as that as you will only ever have one of these displayed at a time.

I hope this better explains the process of Awards and their order of precedence. Ask the Director of Promotions and Awards if you have any questions. Keep up the good work, and keep on Trekking.


UF Starfleet Awards Ribbons & Medals Order of Precedence

Ribbon Rack Order of Precedence
Blackribbon.png Blackribbon.png United Federation Starfleet Medal of Honor United Federation Starfleet Order of the Shining Star Blackribbon.png Blackribbon.png
UFSA SuperIntendants Awards Marine Corps Cross MilesO'Brien Award The Commandants Award Rising Star Purple Heart
Aerospace Cross Ribbon.png Distinguished Flying Cross Skylord Award Legion of Merit Legion of Honor Federation Star
Distinguished Service Cross Defense Distinguished Service Medal Commandants Crest of Valor Christopher Pike Medal of Valor UFSA Excellence Ribbon UFSA Award for Academic Distinction
UFSA Achievement Ribbon Major J. Hayes Award Mayor Payne Award R. Lee Ermy Award The General George Casey Award Spock Ribbon of Science
Shooting Star Ribbon of Valor Prestigious Service Award Picard Award Okuda Award LfForge Award
Montgomery Scott Award Marine Cross Leonard McCoy Medical Acheivement Ribbon Karagite Order of Heroism Aerospace Commendation Ribbon.png MAB "E" Citation
Terror of the Sky Citation.png Iron Mike Award Jefferies Award Grankite Order of Tactics Einstein Ribbon of Scientific Achievement Distinguished Medical Award
United Federation Starfleet Diplomatic Olive Branch Medal Executive Action Award Data Award Harry Kim Award Omega Cross Cochrane Award
Citation of Conspicious Gallantry Chekov Award of Dedication Gold Star Silver Star Bronze Star William Ross Award
Benjamin Sisko Award Christopher Pike Award Ribbon Robert April Command Award Death From Above Award.png Eagles Feather Award.png Wing & Prayer
Steel Wing Cross UFSA "Branch Name" Award Tun Tavern Award The Brig Award The Boothby Award Tactical Excellence
Silver Shield Semper Fidelis Cross Scripter Achievement Award Relativity Award Red Shirt Award. Medical Rapid Response Award
Medical Cross Medical Hypospray Ribbon Engineering Proficiency Award Golden Heart Galaxy Award Fleet Engineering Proficiency Award
Daystrom Engineering Award Combat Service Cascadia Achievement Award Extended Tour Ribbon Good Conduct Ribbon Gold Service Award
Silver Service Award First Contact Ribbon Honor Guard Ribbon Lifetime Service Award Unit Recognition of Excellence Ribbon Unit Commendation
UFS Meritorious Unit Commendation Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award Borg Incursion Campaign Orion's Sword Campaign Red Sun Rising Campaign Ribbon HomecomingCampaign Ribbon



Medal Rack Order of Precedence
Blackribbon.png Blackribbon.png United Federation Starfleet Medal of Honor United Federation Starfleet Order of the Shining Star Blackribbon.png Blackribbon.png
UFSMC Cross MilesO'Brien Award Aerospace Cross Distinguished Flying Cross Rising Star Purple Heart
Legion of Merit Skylord's Award Legion of Honor Federation Star Distinctive Service
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Commandants Crest of Valor Christopher Pike Medal of Valor Unit Recognition of Excellence Marine Cross Gold Star
Silver Star Bronze Star

Clustering

When a decoration is awarded more than once to a particular crewmember, a second medal is not awarded, instead a cluster is earned.

Clusters are small devices of either bronze, silver, or gold. Each bronze cluster represents a duplicate award, with bronze clusters being the only ones that take the actual award into consideration during the counting process.. In other words, the first time one received an award, it would be plain without any clustering devices on top. On a duplicate award of the same decoration, one would get a single bronze cluster. On yet another award of that decoration, another bronze cluster would be awarded. So someone possessing a decoration with two bronze clusters would actually have been awarded that particular award 3 times.

At five awards, the award itself ceases to be counted and instead earns a silver cluster. Thus any decoration with a silver cluster denotes five awards, not six. On the rare chance that a sixth decoration would be awarded, that crewmember would receive a bronze cluster but it is considered bad form to mix cluster types. Most would wait until their tenth such award and then wear a second silver cluster.

It should be noted that certain decorations such as citations and major and minor commendations may be awarded many, many times during a career. In that event, a gold cluster can be worn to represent twenty awards. Once a crewmember earns a gold cluster, they will typically refrain from further clustering until twenty more decorations have been earned, taking then another gold cluster.


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Active UFS Awards

Listed below are the UFS active awards divided by Honors Level as well as Branches they are designed for. Please note the Period the award is entitled to by clicking on the awards name and checking the detailed information.


Service Awards

Lower Honors

Academy Branch Awards


Command Branch Awards


Engineering Branch Awards


Marine Corps Branch Awards

Aerospace


Infantry

TRACOM


Medical Branch Awards


Operations Branch Awards


Science Branch Awards


Security Branch Awards


Multi-Branch Awards

Medium Honors

Academy Branch Awards


Command Branch Awards


Engineering Branch Awards


Marine Corps Branch Awards

Aerospace

Infantry

TRACOM


Medical Branch Awards


Science Branch Awards


Security Branch Awards


Multi-Branch Awards

Top Honors

Academy Branch Awards


Command Branch Awards


Engineering Branch Awards


Marine Corps Awards


Aerospace


Infantry

TRACOM


Multi-Branch Awards

Special Honors

Unit Awards

Citations

Citations are awards from Branch or Division Heads and are granted monthly to recognize a members various achievements to UFS for which there is either no equivalent award, or the action is not quite deserving of an existing decoration.


Examples include:


  • Citation for Exemplary Service
  • Citation for Leadership
  • Citation for Excellence in Duty
  • Citation for Excellence in Fleet Tactics
  • Citation for Exceptional Skill
  • Commendation for Loyalty
  • Commendation for Outstanding Service

Commendations

Major commendations are usually unit-level awards given by the Commanding Admiral to recognize service to that particular ship, station, Branch or Division. These can be granted monthly or yearly.

Minor commendations are departmental-level awards within a particular division or aboard a starbase/starship. They initiate with the appropriate department head or Commanding Officer, and need only to be approved by the Commanding Admiral. They are the most common award aboard any ship or station.


Examples of both Commendation types include:

  • Commendation for Attention to Duty
  • Commendation for Bravery
  • Commendation for Creativity and Dedication
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service
  • Commendation for Exceptional Service
  • Commendation for Exceptional Valor
  • Commendation for Excellence in Service
  • Commendation for Service in Operations Management
  • Commendation for Medical Ingenuity
  • Commendation for Original Thinking
  • Commendation for Loyalty
  • Commendation for Creativity and Dedication

Marksmanship Awards

Devices



Obsolete UFS Awards