The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to members of the United States
Armed Forces and authorized by DOD 1348.33-M.
a. To qualify for award personnel must meet one of the following requirements--
(1) Have served in the Republic of Vietnam for 6 months during period specified in b below.
(2) Have served outside the geographical limits of the Republic of Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam and Armed Forces for 6 months. Such individuals must meet the criteria established for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) or the Vietnam Service Medal, during the period of service required to qualify for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
(3) Have served as in (1) or (2) above for less than 6 months and have been one of the following:
(a) Wounded by hostile forces.
(b) Captured by hostile forces, but later escaped, was rescued or released.
(c) Killed in action or otherwise in line of duty.
(4) Personnel assigned in the Republic of Vietnam on 28 January 1973 must meet one of the following:
(a) Served a minimum of 60 days in the Republic of Vietnam as of that date.
(b) Completed a minimum of 60 days service in the Republic of Vietnam during the period from 28 January 1973 to 28 March 1973, inclusive.
b. Eligibility for award under authority of this paragraph is limited to the period from 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1973, inclusive. Eligibility for acceptance of this award solely by virtue of service performed prior to 1 March 1961 or subsequent to March 1973 is governed by paragraph 9-8.
c. The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960) and the miniature medal are items of individual purchase. The Ribbon with Device (60-) will be requisitioned per paragraph 1-44 only for initial issue to eligible individuals.