Criteria: The Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM) is given to any enlisted U.S. Army personnel who carry out three consecutive years of "honorable and faithful service." Such service insinuates that a standard enlistment was achieved without any non-judicial punishments, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offenses. If a service member commits an offense, the three-year mark "resets" and a service member needs to complete an additional three years of discipline free service before the Good Conduct can be recognized. During times of war, the AGCM can be granted for one year of faithful service. The medal can also be granted posthumously, to any soldier killed in the line of duty. To define additional decorations of the award, a series of Good Conduct Knots are dispensed as attachments to the decoration. Service for the AGCM needs to be executed on active duty and the medal is not awarded to personnel of the Army reserve or National Guard who are not federalized to active service. For the Reserve and Guard personnel who satisfactorily accomplish annual training and drill duty, however, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal may be granted in lieu.
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