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Medal Rack Builder 101: How Our EZR Builder Works

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A medal rack builder can help even the most seasoned veteran assemble their full or mini medals in just a few minutes. The best part about using a medal rack builder is that you won’t have to then assemble your medal rack on your own.

Using a medal rack builder enables you to avoid the frustration of assembling a medal rack on your own. No more trips to the first sergeant’s office, supply or your local military store where you have to painstakingly walk around, gather all your medals, your rack, and devices. Because once you are done collecting everything you need, then your fun really begins. You have to assemble the medal rack with the care of building a model.

If you use a medal rack builder like USAMM’s EZ Rack Builder, all you do is click on the medals you need and a USAMM veteran medal rack builder will ensure your medal rack is built according to your service’s regulations. They will also ensure that the medals follow the order in the military medals chart and spaced and aligned however you want them.

Whether you want mini medals or full-sized medals, using USAMM’s medal rack builder, EZ Rack Builder, is the way to go if you want to look your best. Remember, you also have a choice of selecting how many medals you want in a row; three or four.

How to Use USAMM’s Medal Rack Builder
Using USAMM’s EZ Rack Builder medal rack builder is simple. Simply navigate to the medal rack builder page, and then select the "Start a New Rack" button. Once you do that, the medal rack builder will take you to a landing page where you can select your service. USAMM’s medal rack builder has the ability to build racks for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Services and the Civil Air Patrol.

Once you select your service branch in the medal rack builder you will be asked to specify features of your medal rack. The medal rack builder allows you to choose if you want the medal rack to be three or four medals wide.

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The EZ Rack Builder allows you to then move on and select your medals and accompanying devices. As the rack is built in the medal rack builder, you can see an image of the rack as you digitally build it. Once you are done adding medals and devices, review the rack, and then add it to your shopping basket. It is super easy to use USAMM’s EZ Rack Builder to build a medal rack. This great medal rack builder allows you to build a rack whenever you want, 24/7.

Helpful Tips
Preparation is the key to anything and using USAMM’s EZ Rack Builder is no different. If you are a veteran with just a handful of ribbons and medals, assembling your rack on the medal rack builder shouldn’t be too complicated. However, if you’re of the crusty veteran variety who has been around the world a few times, deployed multiple times and you’ve got more time in uniform than some people do on earth, then odds are, you might need to get organized before you visit the medal rack builder platform.

If you’ve got more than three or four rows of medals, there is a chance you might forget to add a medal to your rack while you’re building it using the medal rack builder (EZ Rack Builder) at USAMM. Ensure you have your DD Form 214 handy that includes all of your medals. If you don’t have a DD Form 214, then ensure that you have a copy of your personnel file that lists all of your awards. Following this list carefully will enable you to build the custom medal rack you’ve earned. Remember, if your records are wrong, then your rack will be wrong.

It is also important to remember that you should not buy anything that you have not earned. Life happens and while in most cases a little proactivity is a good thing, it can also create headaches. For example, let’s say you are deployed and your supervisor tells you they are recommending you for a commendation medal. At the end of your tour, you get excited and you order a new rack built on the medal rack builder at USAMM. It includes the commendation medal that your boss said you would earn. There’s only one problem. It was downgraded to an achievement medal and now you have the wrong rack with an award you did not earn. That’s a problem and it can be construed as Stolen Valor.

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Patience can go a long way to ensure that your medal racks are correct and that you purchased what you have actually earned. Remember, in 1996 the chief of naval operations killed himself over ribbon devices that journalists discovered he was not authorized to wear. In the end, the admiral was supported by those who had told him he was authorized to wear the devices, but the Navy stated he was not authorized to wear them. There’s no need to get involved in a Stolen Valor situation. Ensure your records are up to date and then order your rack using the medal rack builder on USAAM’s website.

They will be assembled professionally and according to regulation and delivered to your door. Remember, purchase what you’ve earned and no more. If you don’t have an order for a medal in your personnel file, then you don’t have a medal.

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