The United Nations Special Services Medal was established in June of 1995.
PURPOSE OF THE MEDAL
This medal was established to recognize military and civilian police personnel serving the United Nations in capacities other than established peace-keeping missions and United Nations Headquarters.
Eligibility for this medal been in effect since July of 1995.
The United Nations Medal with this ribbon design was awarded to personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States who served for a period 90 days.
The design of the medal was specified by the United Nations.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The order of precedence for wearing the United Nations Medal is set by the national government of the recipients. In the case of the United States, this medal is worn after the UN Korean Medal and before the NATO Medal for "Former Yugoslavia."
Additional awards of any United Nations medal are denoted by bronze stars.
DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM
The is the standard United Nations medal. The emblem of the United Nations is shown in the center of a bronze medallion. Above this emblem are the letters UN in the twelve o'clock position.
The reverse bears the inscription IN THE SERVICE / OF PEACE in two lines in the center of the medal.
The color combination consists of a large blue stripe framed between two white stripes. In order to identify the theater in which the personnel will have earned the medal, a bar is added with the name of the country or the United Nations organization (UNHCR, UNSCOM, etc). United States military personnel may not wear any of these bars on the medal