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How to mount military medals

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the most important parts of a military dress uniform is the medals. This is also the portion of the uniform that causes the most stress to military members. Each medal has its own order of precedence and must be mounted in the correct position. Also, each military member will have their own set of medals, and everyone’s rack will be different. You must make sure your medals are perfect before you place them on your uniform.

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  1. Determine what medals you have been awarded. You can obtain this information from your military unit or your military service record. If you are a veteran, this information can be found in Block 13 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. If you are a veteran of a National Guard component, this information will be located in Block 15 of your NGB-22, National Guard Bureau Report of Separation and Record of Service.

  2. Purchase your medals and a rack to mount them on. You can obtain these items from your local military clothing sales store, or online from many vendors. Make sure you purchase your medals from a military-approved vendor.

  3. Determine the order of precedence for your medals. You can find this information by looking in the uniform regulation or instruction for your particular branch of the military, or by using one of the many charts on the Internet.

  4. Mount your medals on the rack. Start with the lowest medal first, and then work your way to the top. Take your time. You want to make sure each medal is perfect.

  5. Attach your medals to your uniform. You can look at your service's specific uniform regulation or instruction for assistance in determining the proper position for your medals.

  6. Tip

    You may want to have your medals professionally mounted. Several online companies offer this particular service. You can also take your medals to the dry-cleaning shop at your local military base and have them mounted for a minimal cost.


    Be very careful when mounting your medals--if they are mounted incorrectly and need to be removed and reset, you may damage the medal in the process. It's always a good idea to check the order twice and then mount them once.

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Things You'll Need

  • Medals
  • Mounting rack
  • Order of Precedence chart
  • Uniform regulation or instruction
  • Service record or discharge papers

About the Author

Based in Oklahoma, Maggie O'Leary has been writing professionally since 2001. O'Leary has served in the United States military since 1997 and is a two-time OIF veteran. She has been published in several local military and civilian newspapers and national media outlets including "The Washington Post" and CNN. O'Leary has a Bachelor of Arts in history and legal studies.

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