NATO Medal for the Balkans
General Eligibility Criteria
Personnel eligible for the award are those who are members of units or staffs as set out in the Joint Operations Area (JOA) taking part in NATO operations in the Balkans in accordance with the qualifying conditions. Forces under NATO command or control and under national command in support of the NATO-led operations whilst in the JOA will be entitled to the award.
Area of Operations
The Balkans JOA is delineated as the political boundaries and airspace of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Republic of Yugoslavia (including Kosovo), the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and Albania.
The qualifying period in the Balkans JOA is 30 days continuous or 60 days accumulated service within a two year period from 1 January 2003 and a termination date, which will be notified in a supplementary document.
Aircrew will accumulate one day's service for the first sortie flown of any day; additional sorties flown on the same day receive no further credit. This requirement exists for combat aircraft as well as support aircraft to include tanker, airlift and surveillance platforms.
(1) The NATO official name is the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.