Ribbons and Achievements
Central Aid Agency personnel can earn ribbons, achievements, and patches through their continued service to the organization and through completing specialized training. Cloth Service Ribbons are earned for participation in noteworthy events, assignments, and units. Cloth Certification Ribbons are earned by achieving technical skills mastery, or successfully completing all requirements for certification in a specific skill, these ribbons may also be accompanied by tabs and patches worn on the shoulders of uniforms. Cloth ribbons are worn on the wearer's right above the ID Tapes on dress uniforms. Unit specific enamel ribbons and badges are earned for participation in specialty roles within a unit, or service with an Ad-Hoc unit. Unit specific ribbons and badges are worn on the wearer's right below the ID tapes on dress uniforms. Finally, personnel can earn Years of Service and Deployment Bars for each 5 years of service or national/international deployment they participate in. These are worn on the sleeves of dress uniforms (Years of Service are worn on the wearer's left sleeve, Deployment Bars on the wearer's right sleeve). Cloth ribbons, enamel ribbons, years of service diamonds, and deployment bars are typically worn only on dress uniforms (Class B and above), but tabs and patches may be worn on all uniforms that have shoulder insignia panels.
Certification Tabs and Patches
Instructor Tabs / Patches
Worn by any personnel who have received Instructor certification by the Central Aid Agency and/or Training Solutions International in one or more areas of focus; and who are responsible for training other personnel. Typically worn on opposite shoulder from unit patch, but may be worn on both shoulders.
Years of Service & Deployment Bars
National / International Deployment Bar
Shiny gold metal pin awarded for participation in an officially sanctioned national or international deployment. While Service Ribbons may be awarded to anyone involved in a specific event, including periphery and support functions, National / International Deployment Bars are only awarded for actual deployment. A shiny gold star represents 10 deployments.
Service Ribbons are designated for large scale events worthy of recognition; such as Theaters of Operation, large-scale operations, and declared emergencies. Multiple Service Ribbons, or appurtenances, may be awarded for separate instances of the same type of event.
Tropical / Severe Storm Response
Cloth Ribbon awarded to personnel who are involved with response to a weather event that meets the definition of a tropical or other similar type severe storm, or any tropical or other similar type severe storm that has been officially declared as a disaster or emergency.
Task Force Ribbons
Ad-Hoc Unit Ribbons
Veteran Unit Award
Cloth Ribbon awarded to units that successfully achieve at least 75% of all unit personnel having served a consecutive 5 years (for non-deployable units) or 5 deployments (for deployable units), while maintaining an exceptional unit service record.
NOTE: The Veteran Unit Award is only awarded to the specific unit level within a formation that completes the requirements; superior or subordinate units within a formation do not automatically receive the award, unless they also independently meet the requirements.
Issued for each consecutive instance that a ribbon is earned. Worn on the ribbon.