The NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for the Balkans Ribbon honors military members and civilians who carried out service in support of NATO operations on or after January 1, 2003 in the Balkan region, including land and airspace in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Yugoslavia.To be eligible, individuals must have carried out 30 days of service in this region, consecutively or in agglomerate.
Awards of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) honor the members of international militaries who carry out service on NATO’s behalf. Established in 1949 through the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO is a group of allied international military forces committed to supporting one another in the event of conflict.
The medal features a compass rose framed by a wreath of laurels. The ribbon is blue and is bisected by a thin vertical silver stripe flanked on either side by a thin white stripe.