SPECIALIZED SERVICE AWARDS
It is becoming more common for cities and agencies to create custom citation bars. Emergency Medical Technicians and First Responders have received commendation bars by working through some of our Nations Emergencies such as hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
Certified instructors in almost every field have also created award service bars to set themselves apart in position.
HISTORY OF CITATION BARS
They started during the US Civil War and were handed out at the unit commander’s sole discretion. Since then, they have become a recognized and formal award given during rank promotions and bravery awards.
Rank Bars is another term used to describe the Citation Bar.
The Rank Bars include the number of years of service the receiver has served, along with awards given for proper firearms use, and a showing of when the receiver mastered a particular type of firearm.
There is also a very unique and special award bar that was created specifically for the heroes of September 11, at the World Trade Center.