The Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) is a mid-level award that is granted for consistent acts of heroism or meritorious service. The award is given by local commanders, allowing for generous interpretation of the criteria for which the medal is given. For actions where such performance was in immediate contact with an enemy force, the Valor device is approved as an attachment to the decoration. The ARCOM is frequently given to enlisted members and junior officers as an end-of-tour award. Additional awards are denoted by oak leaf clusters.
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