The following is a list of Achievement & Service Awards. For all these awards, the issuing authority is the Commander, MACO. To apply, for one of these awards, please complete SFSO Awards Submission Form.
|AWARD||AWARD DESCRIPTION||AWARDED||SUBSEQUENT DEVICES USED||RIBBON(S)|
|Pike Cross||Awarded to an Operative who, while serving in any capacity in Special Operations, distinguished themselves by exceptional meritorious service to STARFLEET. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not justify this award. All submissions will be presented to the Commander and Vice Commander STARFLEET for Award.||As needed||Yes|
|Archer Distinguished Service Cross||Awarded to any Operative, while serving in any capacity in SFSO/MACO, has distinguished themselves by exceptional meritorious service to SFSO/MACO. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not justify this award.||Annually||Yes|
|SFSO/MACO Commendation||Awarded to any Operative who has distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement, or meritorious service to STARFLEET and SFSO/MACO.||As needed||Yes|
|SFSO/MACO Achievement||Awarded to any Operative who has distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievement of a lesser degree than required for award of the SFSO/MACO Commendation Award.||As needed||Yes|
|Meritorious SOU/Team Commendation||This award is given to a SFSO SOU or MACO Team that illustrates meritorious service either by demonstrating consistent out-standing performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence. (Note: One award per SOU/Team per year maximum and the SOU/Team must also have a 100% reporting history for that particular year.)||Annually||Yes|
|Patriot Service||Awarded to any Operative who has served honorably* in any Armed Forces for a minimum of 1 consecutive year of Active-Duty Service. (Discharge documentation is necessary for this award.)|
*Definition of “Honorably” for Patriot Service Award
If a military service member received a good or excellent rating for their service time, by exceeding standards for performance and personal conduct, they will be discharged from the military honorably. An honorable military discharge is a form of administrative discharge.
A General military discharge is a form of administrative discharge. If a service member’s performance is satisfactory but the individual failed to meet all expectations of conduct for military members, the discharge is considered a General Discharge, Under Honorable Conditions. To receive a General
Discharge from the military there must be some form of non-judicial punishment to correct unacceptable military behavior or failure to meet military standards. The discharging officer must give the reason for the discharge in writing, and the military member must sign paperwork stating they understand the reason for their discharge. Veterans may not be eligible for certain veteran’s benefits under a General Discharge, including the GI Bill.
Other than Honorable Conditions Discharge
The most severe type of military administrative discharge is the Other Than Honorable Conditions. Some examples of actions that could lead to an Other Than Honorable Discharge include security violations, use of violence, conviction by a civilian court with a sentence including prison time, or being
found guilty of adultery in a divorce hearing (this list is not a definitive list; these are only examples). In most cases, veterans who receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge cannot re-enlist in the Armed Forces or reserves, except under exceedingly rare circumstances. Veteran’s benefits are not available to those discharged through this type of discharge.
Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD)
The Bad Conduct Discharge is only passed on to enlisted military members and is given by a court-martial due to punishment for bad conduct. A Bad Conduct discharge is often preceded by time in military prison. Virtually all veteran’s benefits are forfeited if discharged due to Bad Conduct.
If the military considers a service member’s action to be reprehensible, the general court-martial can determine a dishonorable discharge is in order. Murder and sexual assault are examples of situations which would result in a dishonorable discharge. If someone is dishonorably discharged from the military, they are not allowed to own firearms according to US federal law. Military members who receive a Dishonorable Discharge forfeit all military and veterans benefits and may have a tough time finding work in the civilian sector.
Commissioned officers cannot receive bad conduct discharges or a dishonorable discharge, nor can they be reduced in rank by a court-martial. If an officer is discharged by a general court-martial, they receive a Dismissal notice which is the same as a dishonorable discharge.
Entry Level Separation (ELS)
If an individual leaves the military before completing at least 180 days of service, they receive an entry level separation status. This type of military discharge can happen for a variety of reasons (medical, administrative, etc.) and is neither good nor bad, though in many cases, service of less than 180 may prevent some people from being classified as a veteran for state and federal military benefits.
|SFSO/MACO Muster||This award is given once per year to any operative who attends an International SFSO/MACO Muster. The addition of the gold border frame denotes attendance was in person physically to the event.||Annually||Yes|
|SFSO/MACO Honor Guard||This award is given to any Operative who serves as a member of a Color/Honor Guard at a Regional or STARFLEET function representing SFSO/MACO and wearing an authorized SFSO/MACO Uniform.||As needed||Yes|
|Guardian||Award to an Operative who has undertaken extreme or lengthy travel on behalf of the operative.||As needed||Yes|
|United Federation of Planets||Awarded to any Operative for participation at a STARFLEET function, such as the annual International Conference or a Regional Summit. The key word here is participation, not attendance. The Operative must have done more than simply attend (i.e., served on a panel, worked on the Security detail, etc.) Likewise, the Operative must have attended as a SFSO/MACO Operative for the entire time.||As needed||Yes|
|Curzon||Awarded to Operatives of SFSO/MACO who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a direct, and consequential nature. Volunteer service must be at least 40 hours and a list of hours, what the Operative did, and where it was performed must accompany the request form.|
To qualify for the Curzon Award an Operatives volunteer service must meet the requirements below.
1) Be to the Operative’s community.
2) Be significant in nature and produce tangible results.
3) Reflect favorably on STARFLEET and SFSO/MACO.
|As needed||Yes, per every 40 hours up to 600 hours of service.|
|Ambassador Sarek Service||Award to any Operative for participation in events with other Science Fiction oriented fan organizations, to include other Star Trek-related fan organizations other than SFI. This may be cooperative or competitive and must be done while obviously participating as a SFSO/MACO Operative. Participation as an Operative can be shown by wearing a SFSO/MACO uniform, a SOU cap or shirt, or by obviously being associated with others who are wearing SFSO/MACO uniform. Operatives who are also members of the same fan organization are not eligible.||As needed||Yes|
|General Martok Service||Awarded at the completion of 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service while assigned to SFSO/MACO. (Only 1 ribbon is worn.)||As needed||No|
|Recruiting and Master Recruiting||Recruiting is very much a part of SFSO/MACO. It is how SFSO/MACO grows, and therefore special recognition is bestowed on those who take the time to help the SFSO/MACO's membership grow. The SFSO/MACO Recruiting Ribbon is awarded to an Operative who successfully recruits ten members into SFSO/MACO. |
If an Operative has been particularly successful in recruiting and has successfully recruited 30 individuals into SFSO/MACO, they are authorized the Master Recruiting Ribbon.
To be eligible for this award, an Operative must submit a list of the members that they have successfully recruited (see below for criteria) to the Assistant Deputy Director (Operations), who upon verification will certify to the SFSO/MACO Director that the nominee is responsible for recruiting the names submitted, if the recruit in question has appeared on any SFSO/MACO roster prior to recruitment and that the required retention time has been met. The list must include the name, SCC numbers, the date joined STARFLEET and the date on which the individual joined SFSO/MACO by changing their affiliation in the STARFLEET Database.
A recruit is considered to be successfully recruited if:
1) An individual who is not a member of both STARFLEET and SFSO/MACO, joins STARFLEET and elects to be a member of SFSO/MACO by changing the affiliation option in the STARFLEET Database to either SFSO/MACO and then subsequently renews their membership at the end of their first year. However, these individuals must not have appeared on any SFSO/MACO SOU roster prior to them selection to count toward satisfying the total number of recruits required. Individuals who have been listed on SFSO/MACO SOU rosters in the past will not be counted.
2) An individual who is currently a member of STARFLEET who changes their affiliation option in the STARFLEET Database to SFSO/MACO and then subsequently renews their membership at the end of their first year. However, these individuals must not have appeared on any SFSO/MACO SOU roster prior to their selection to count toward satisfying the total number of recruits required. Individuals who have been listed on SFSO/MACO SOU rosters in the past will not be counted.
Only the highest Ribbon is worn.
SUBESQUENT AWARD DEVICESFor each subsequent act or period of meritorious service or achievement that justifies the award of a ribbon that has already been awarded previously; stars will be issued for each occurrence as follows.
|1st - Initial Ribbon||8th - 1 Gold Star|
|2nd - 1 Bronze Star||9th - 2 Gold Stars|
|3rd - 2 Bronze Stars||10th - 3 Gold Stars|
|4th - 3 Bronze Stars||11th - 1 Large Bronze Star|
|5th - 1 Silver Star||12th - 1 Large Silver Star|
|6th - 2 Silver Stars||13th - 1 Large Gold Star|
|7th - 3 Silver Stars||14th - 1 Large White Star|