Established on January 2, 1997, the Indiana National Guard Recruiting Ribbon honors Indiana National Guard members who carry out qualifying service in a recruiting capacity. To be eligible, Army National Guard members must achieve their designated recruiting goals for three consecutive months, and Air National Guard members must meet or exceed 115 percent of their recruiting assignment in a single year.
Numbering over 16,000, the Indiana National Guard is composed of the Indiana Army National Guard and the Indiana Air National Guard. The Army component, headquartered in Indianapolis, dates back as far as 1801, when a volunteer militia formed in the territory. The Air component is made up of the 122d Fighter Wing, based in Fort Wayne, and the 181st Intelligence Wing, based in Terre Haute.
The ribbon is red with a thin vertical white stripe and a thicker blue stripe on each edge proceeding outward.