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The United States Armed Forces authorizes ribbon devices that may be worn if authorized on a defined set of United States military decorations and awards. <ref name="1348.33 V3">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The devices which are usually attached to suspension and service ribbons of medals and to unit award ribbons, vary between 3/16 to 11/32 inches in size and are usually made of brass or metal alloys that appear gold, silver, or bronze in color with either a dull or polished look. The devices may denote additional awards of the same decoration or award, an award for valor or combat service, participation in a particular campaign, periods of honorable service, specific events, and other special meanings. These are sometimes referred to as award devices, but are most commonly referred to in service regulations and Department of Defense instructions simply as "devices" for awards and decorations.


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