Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
The Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was established in 1964 by the government of South Vietnam. These military awards are not US military medals, but foreign awards, and unlike the medals of America, they were presented by the Republic of South Vietnam. As a result, Unite States military branches consider them of lesser importance than almost any of the military ribbons and medals issued by American governmental agencies. These military medals were mid-level civil service awards presented to any member of the Vietnamese military who performed outstanding civic service to the state or who participated in civil service actions of significant benefit. These military ribbons were awarded in two classes, with the first class intended for commissioned officers and the second for enlisted personnel. It was not possible to upgrade one class of these military awards into another or to wear both classes simultaneously.
A unit award of the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal also existed, known as the Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation. These unit awards were also referred to as the Civil Actions Unit Awards with Palm or as the Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Civil Actions Colors. The unit awards of the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal were presented to all members of a military command who had participated in civic actions with such a degree that would normally warrant the presentation of the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal. The unit award was presented as a military ribbon for the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal (First Class), enclosed in a Gold Frame with a centered Bronze Palm. Regulations did permit the simultaneous presentation and display of both the full sized medal and the unit award, since the two awards were considered separate decorations. The Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was one of the more commonly bestowed Vietnam medals presented to the forces of foreign militaries. In the US armed forces participating in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation was most often awarded to units of the Army and Marine Corps which had participated in local police actions to suppress civil unrest in certain areas of South Vietnam.
The Vietnam Civil Actions Medal is authorized for wear below the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and above the UN Korean Service Medal in the order of precedence that has been established to govern the proper display of all military medals and ribbons worn by United States service personnel. Nowadays, the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal is an obsolete decoration since the awarding nation, the Republic of Vietnam, no longer exists. The decoration is only available through private dealers of military insignia, who offer it as traditional full size military medals and mini medals, military ribbons and lapel pins. While it was once available as traditional slide-on, full size military medals or mini-medals, and slide-on military ribbons, nowadays they are generally only available as military ribbons. While traditionalist may still prefer to purchase the traditional slide-on full size military medals, mini-medals, and slide-on military ribbons; the newer thin mini-medals, and ultra thin military ribbons commercial suppliers now provide have become extremely popular among up and coming military personnel who know how important it is to their career advancement to always maximize the neatness and smartness of their uniform appearance.