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Military Awards Branch
Personnel Service Support Division
Cold War Certificate Program
In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the
armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who
faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold
War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991. This
is the only official site on which to request Cold War Recognition Certificates. This site is operated by the United States Army, the executive agency for the Cold War Recognition Program.
Cold War Recognition Certificates are available to qualified individuals
at no cost. Any other site offering these certificates or replicas
for sale or purchase are not official sites and are not approved or endorsed by the US Army.
Due to the remarkable success of this program, turn-around time for mailing certificates will be a minimum
of 2 months. The CWRS Operations Team is working as fast
as possible to clear the backlog. Please do not request feedback prior
to 2 months from the request date. Thank you for your patience and interest in the Cold War Recognition program.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; Public Law 105-85, Fiscal
Year 98, National Defense Authorization Act; and Executive Order 9397. PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To secure sufficient information
from the individual so to determine eligibility and to process the individuals' requests for the Cold War Recognition Certificate.
ROUTINE USES: Information is used for official purposes within the Department of Defense; specifically, to process
requests for Cold War Certificates. This information may be used in accordance with established Routine Uses for all Department
of Defense and Department of the Army system notices. DISCLOSURE: Disclosure of the Social Security Number and other
personal information is voluntary. However, failure to provide complete information may hinder proper identification of the
requester, and may prevent the agency from determining eligibility of the requester for the certificate.
Who is eligible?
All members of the armed forces and federal government civilian
personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold
War era, Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991. Individuals requesting
a certificate will certify that their character of service was
honorable. Acceptable supporting document for proof of service
is any official government or military document with recipient's
name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or
Foreign Service Number, and date of service.
Apply for the Certificate
Frequently Asked Questions
Phone Line: (703) 325-5864
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Cold War Recognition Program, Hoffman II, Room 3N45
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0473