The Air Force Recruiter Ribbon was established by Secretary of the Air Force F. Whitten Peters on June 21, 2000.
EFFECTIVE DATES (June 21, 2000 to September 4, 2014)
This ribbon was retroactive to any person who met the basic criteria and who was either on active duty or who was a member of a Reserve Component as of the date the ribbon was established. It was terminated on September 4, 2014 by Secretary of the Air force Deborah Lee James concurrent with the establishment of the Air Force Special Duty Ribbon.
The Air Force Recruiter Ribbon is worn after the Military Training Instructor Ribbon and before the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
COLORS AND SYMBOLISM
The colors of the Air Force Recuriter Ribbon are suggested by the colors of the Air Force Basic Military Instructor ribbon. The Air Force Recruiter ribbon has a field of blue edged with red, white, and blue pinstripes, the blue pinstripe forming the outer edges of the ribbon. the blue represents "service before self," the white outer stripes represent "integrity first," and the inner red stripe represents "excellence in all we do."
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.