-- Individuals authorized the award of this medal must have been deployed abroad for service in the Global War on Terrorism operations on or after September 11, 2001, and to a future date to be determined.
-- The Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a case-by-case basis when requested by the Combatant Commanders, will designate approved operations.
-- Initial approved operations for the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal were for Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. However, effective April 30, 2005, the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is no longer authorized for service in Afghanistan and/or Iraq.
--- Service members who qualified for this medal by reason of service in Afghanistan between October 24, 2001 and April 30, 2005 remain qualified for the medal. However, any Service member may be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for that service. In addition, any Army soldier who was authorized the arrowhead device may be awarded the Afghanistan Canpaign Medal with the arrowhead device. No Service member shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement, or period of service.
--- Service members who qualified for the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reason of service in Iraq between March 19, 2003 and April 30, 2005 shall remain qualified for that medal. However, they may be awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal in lieu of the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for that service. In addition, any Army soldier authorized the arrowhead device may be awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with arrowhead device in lieu of the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead device. However, no soldier shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement, or period of service.
-- The general area of eligibility encompasses all foreign land, water, and air spaces outside the fifty states of the Untied States and outside 200 nautical miles of the shores of the United States. The Secretary of Defense, when recommended by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shall designate the specific area of eligibility per qualifying operation. At the present time, the areas of eligibility include the following specific locations:
Afghanistan (October 24, 2001 to April 30, 2005), Algeria, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chad, Crete, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq (October 24, 2001 to April 30, 2005), Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (only specific GWOT operations not associated with operations qualifying for the Kosovo Campaign Medal), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, that portion of the Arabian Sea north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees longitude, Bab El Mandeb, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Aqaba, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Suez, that portion of the Mediterranean Sea east of 28 degrees east longitude, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Suez Canal. It is also awarded for personnel serving in the Mediterranean Sea on boarding and searching vessel operations.
-- Because counter-terrorism operations are global in nature, the area of eligibility for an approved operation may be deemed to be non-contiguous. The Combatant Commander has the authority to approve award of the medal for units and personnel deployed within his theater. Under no condition will units or personnel within the United States, the general region excluded above, be deemed eligible for this medal.