February 22, 2020, 12:04:22 pm

SAR Ribbons - How do we track these?

Started by JohhnyD, February 04, 2020, 02:20:20 am

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The Air Search and Rescue Ribbon is awarded to members who actively participate in at least 10 search and rescue sorties, with a bronze clasp awarded for each additional 10 sorties. All sorties must be in support of an actual search and rescue mission authorized through appropriate authorities.

Aircrew Members. A bronze three-bladed propeller device will be worn centered on Air Search and Rescue Ribbons earned as aircrew members.
Ground Personnel. Credit given will be computed on the basis of time spent on a mission and the nature of the duties performed.
Ground personnel performing hazardous duties, such as ground rescue or ground search, may be credited with one sortie for each 4 hours of actual participation, not to exceed three sorties in any 24-hour period.
Ground personnel performing non-hazardous duties, such as base support or staff functions, may be credited with one sortie for each 8 hours of participation, not to exceed two sorties for any 24-hour period.
Combined Participation. Members who earn the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as an aircrew member are identified by attaching a bronze propeller to the ribbon. If the same individual earn clasps as a ground member of searches or missions, they are authorized to attach the clasps to the same ribbon with the bronze propeller. This also applies to the individual who initially earned the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as a member of a ground search party and later participates in enough searches as an aircrew member. Additional clasps are placed so that the ribbon will have a balanced appearance, with bronze propeller(s) in the middle of the ribbon. A silver clasp is used in place of five bronze clasps for member who have participated in fifty additional sorties.


It's tracked by the member, with substantiation provided to the Personnel officer upon request of the decoration.
As a best practice, most ICs or ES Staff issue a PA these days with number of sorties, etc., at the end of a given
real mission.

There is no centralized tracking of sorties at the national level.

Lord of the North

With the exception of WIMIRS, but the duty assignments need to be entered.


If you need to translate the number of sorties into the appropriate number of clasps, use this tool:


Michael Moore, Maj, CAP
Secret Wing Staff Dude, WAWG

Shawn W.

I bring home any supporting paper work I can, record the Mission number and number of sorties I did. I then scan my documents and make duplite copies. I keep copies in my Squadron File; in a home file and in a file on my Computer. I can't stress enough to people how important it is to keep multiple files.

Ed Bos

I maintain a "logbook" for all my missions, and I recommend that folks do the same. It's a spreadsheet in a cloud storage service, and has all the details I'd need to substantiate a claim of participation, that can be verified by WMIRS.

I've also been known to generate a participation letter for personnel in my unit who participate on missions, but never with the specific sortie information. Might be worth considering.

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I agree in keeping a log of your sorties!

Vanguard sells paper ground team and aircrew logbooks to do just that.

But seeing this is the digital age a spreadsheet works just as well. I created just such a tool based on those CAP logbooks.

(See attached)