The Air Force Special Duty Ribbon was established by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James on September 4, 2014.
This ribbon is awarded for qualifying service completed on and subsequent to September 4 2014 and is not retroactive
The Air Force Special Duty Ribbon is intended to serve as recognition for Airmen who successfully complete a developmental special duty assignment. It was designed to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of present and future Airmen who served in an extremely difficult duty or in a duty that requires an unusual degree of responsibility. It recognizes the fact that they experience personal sacrifice well above that of their peers in other special duties and that their efforts are critical to molding an oustaning future Air Force.
The specific special duties apply:
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
This ribbon is worn immediately following the Air Force Longevity Service Award.
AWARDS TO MEMBERS OF OTHER SERVICES
This ribbon may be awarded to members of the other Services after successful completion of a qualifying special duty assignment. The member must have been assigned or attached to an Air Force unit.
Additional awards are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters (a silver oak leaf cluster denotes a sixth award). Each additional three year tour of duty as a Military Training Instructor qualified the individual for an oak leaf cluster.