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Key to "Grade" & "Rating" Abbreviations:

1LT, First Lieutenant
2LT, Second Lieutenant
A1C, Airman First Class
A2C, Airman 2d Class
A3C, Airman 3d Class
ABU3, Aviation Boatswain's Mate Utility 3d Class
AD1, Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class
ADJ2, Jet Engine Mechanic 2d Class
AIR AN, Airman
AOC, Aviation Ordnanceman Chief
BM1, Boatswain's Mate First Class
BM3, Boilerman 3d Class
BMG2, Boatswain's Mate G Shipboard 2d Class
BMSN, Boatswain's Mate Seaman
CMSGT, Chief Master Sergeant
COL, Colonel
CPL, Corporal
CPT, Captain
CS1, Commissaryman First Class
CS2, Commissaryman 2d Class
CSC, Chief Commissaryman
CWO, Chief Warrant Officer
CWO2, Chief Warrant Officer 2d Grade
CWO3, Chief Warrant Officer 3d Grade
DC2, Disbursing Clerk 2d Class
DCM3, Damage Controlman 3d Class
EMCM, Engineman Master Chief
EN3, Engineman 3d Class
ET2, Electrical Technician 2d Class
F1 FN1, Fireman First Class
FSGT, First Sergeant
HM2, Hospital Corpsman 2d Class
HM3, Hospital Corpsman 3d Class
ICE2, Interior Comm Electrician 2d Class
LCDR, Lieutenant Commander
LTC LTCOL, Lieutenant Colonel
LTJG, Lieutenant (Junior Grade)
MAJ, Major
MM1, Machinist's Mate First Class
MR1 MRM1, Machinery Repairman First Class
MR2, Machinery Repairman 2d Class
MSGT, Master Sergeant
PFC, Private First Class
PHM1, Pharmacist's Mate First Class
PISN, Printer Seaman
PV2 PVT2, Private 2d Class
PVT, Private
RM1, Radioman First Class
RM3, Radioman 3d Class
S3 SEA3, Seaman 3d Class
SEA, Seaman
SFC, Sergeant First Class
SGT, Sergeant
SGTMJ, Sergeant Major
SK3, Storekeeper 3d Class
SKCS, Storekeeper Senior Chief
SMSGT, Senior Master Sergeant
SO2, Sonarman 2d Class
SP2, Specialist 2d Class
SP3, Specialist 3d Class
SP4, Specialist 4th Class
SP5, Specialist 5th Class
SPEC, Specialist
SSGT, Staff Sergeant
TEC4, Technician 4th Grade
TEC5, Technician 5th Grade
TEM2, Teleman Mailman 2d Class
TEM3, Teleman Mailman 3d Class
TM1, Torpedoeman's Mate First Class
TM3, Torpedoeman's Mate 3d Class
TSGT, Technical Sergeant
YM1, Yeoman First Class

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Purple Heart and Vietnam War Service Medals (ribbons only shown)

The Purple Heart medal phribbon can legally be authorized to only three groups of personnel:
    First, those wounded or injured as a direct result of hostile enemy action.

    Second, those wounded or injured as a direct result of friendly fire (FF). (Broadly speaking, FF occurs only during a hostile encounter or initiative with, or in response to, an enemy when someone on your side mistakes you for the enemy.) Or when injured by your own non-projectile weapon (bayonet, sword, blunt instrument, etc.) or projectile weapons fire (bullet, explosive device, etc) while engaging, responding to or attacking an enemy.

    Third, POWs injured or wounded as a result of individually directed conflict or punishment with their captor in violation of any article of the Geneva Convention Rules of Warfare Concerning the Treatment of Prisoners of War whether or not the captor's government is a signatory to the Convention.

The Vietnam War Service Medal vnw serv ribbon can legally be authorized to personnel serving in any military branch in country of the Republic of Vietnam in dates 15 Nov 1961 through 28 Mar 1973, 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days, or direct support of military operations in Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Naval ships and Air Force support. The National Defense Service medal is an automatic award with the U.S. Vietnam War Service medal. 3 ribbon