The New York National Guard Recruiting Medal Ribbon honors New York National Guard members who successfully recruit three individuals.
Comprised of the New York Army National Guard and New York Air National Guard, the New York National Guard dates back to 1786 with the establishment of a militia following the British occupation of New York City. The New York Army National Guard was officially formed in 1906, and the Air Guard followed in 1917. The Army component numbers over 10,000 guardsmen, and the New York Air National Guard is the largest state Air Guard in the country at nearly 6,000.
The medal features an image adapted from the New York State Seal flanked by a colonial militia man on either side. Text encircling the image reads “NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD RECRUITING.” The ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical beige stripe and flanked by a brown stripe on either side. Proceeding outward to the right are stripes of yellow, black, white, red, green and gray; to the left, orange, black, white, dark red, green, and dark blue.
Additional awards are made at intervals of five recruits and are recognized with devices indicating the number of recruits.