Created in 1923, the Coast Guard version of the Good Conduct Medal may be presented to any active member of the United States Coast Guard who demonstrates three uninterrupted years of honorable behavior in service. Infractions or any disciplinary action cause the three-year clock to start over. In wartime, one year of such behavior may be sufficient for the award. There is a Good Conduct Medal for the Navy (established in 1869), the Marine Corps (1896), the Coast Guard (1923), the Army (1941), and the Air Force (1963).
The medal is bronze and features an image of the Coast Guard Seal above crossed oars and encircled by the words “SEMPER PARATUS” and a chain to the exterior. The ribbon is dark red and is bisected by a thin vertical white stripe.
Additional awards may be indicated by service stars.