The Auxiliary Commendation Medal (ACM) is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of outstanding assistance that furthers any of the Auxiliary’s authorized activities, except operations (since the Medal of Operational Merit is for operations). The Auxiliary Commendation Medal may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (06 or above) of an operational unit or serving as DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ, or serving as a Director.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service worthy of special recognition as described below. The key words for the Auxiliary Commendation Medal are outstanding achievement, which significantly furthers any of the Auxiliary’s authorized activities. The Auxiliary Commendation Medal is for outstanding administrative services. This requires services accomplished in a manner, which is much better than could normally be expected from an Auxiliarist of like capability and experience. Neither doing a difficult job well nor doing a routine job in an excellent manner will suffice. The achievement must be truly outstanding.