|The ACM is authorized to be awarded to Soldiers who deploy to Afghanistan in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) on or after 24 October 2001 to a date to be determined or the cessation of OEF.
The area of eligiblity encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land.
To be eligible for the ACM, a Soldier must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in OEF for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days in Afghanistan or meet one of the following criteria:
- Be engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless of the time in Afghanistan.
- While participating in OEF or on official duties, regardless of time, is killed or wounded/injured requireing medical evacuation from Afghanistan.
- While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within, or over Afghanistan in direct support of OEF; each day that one or more sorties are flown IAW the criteria shall count as one day towards the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement.
This decoration was authorized 29 November 2004.