This ribbon was authorized by the Air Force Chief of Staff on Oct.12, 1980.
It is awarded to U.S. Air Force service members on completion of initial accession training after Aug. 14, 1974. In December 1986, the criteria expanded and authorized the ribbon to anyone who was on active duty in December 1986, regardless of when they completed initial accession training.
The ribbon may not be awarded for completing technical training, career development courses and other services' basic training. Completing later accession training (basic military training, then commissioning through a program, and so forth) will entitle a member to a subsequent award denoted by an oak leaf cluster.
The ribbon was designed by the Institute of Heraldry. The ribbon has a wide center stripe of red, flanked on either side by a wide stripe of dark blue and a narrow yellow stripe edged by a narrow dark blue stripe.
Oak Leaf Cluster
WEIGHTED AIRMAN PROMOTED SYSTEM POINT VALUE: 0