Sevretary of Defense Gates Challenge CoinDOD Regulations Allowing Payments for Custom-Minted Military Coins and Medallions

As a courtesy to our military men and women, we’ve provided links below that offer information regarding funding and other military details you made need before placing your custom order. Rules are subject to change.

Congressional Action (Federal Law).
Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1125, Congress has specifically authorized the Secretary of Defense to award medals, trophies, badges and similar devices to members, units or agencies of the armed forces for excellence in accomplishments or competitions related to that armed force.

 

Department of Defense (DOD).
The Department of Defense, through DoD Directive 1348.19, implements this statute throughout the Armed Forces, and delegates authority for establishing the policies for awarding trophies and similar devices to military members and units of the Department of Defense for excellence in accomplishments or competitions related to the Armed Forces.

 

Navy Challenge CoinU.S. Navy.
The U.S. Navy, through JAG Instruction 3590.1A and SECNAV Instruction 3590.4A, has issued rules that would apply to the use of our custom-minted coins and medallions in recognition of excellence in accomplishments or competitions within the United States Navy.

 

Marine Challenge CoinU.S Marine Corps.
The U.S. Marine Corps, through Marine Corps Order 7042.6C, has issued rules that would apply to the use of our custom-minted coins and medallions in recognition of excellence in accomplishments or competitions within the United States Marine Corps.

 

Army Challenge CoinU.S. Army.
The U.S. Army, through Army Regulation 600-8-22, has issued rules that would apply to the use of our custom-minted coins and medallions in recognition of excellence in accomplishments or competitions within the U.S. Army. The Army has written further details on this that may be of interest in DA Memo 600-70.

 

Air Force Challenge CoinU.S. Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force, through Air Force Instruction 36-2805, has issued rules that would apply to the use of our custom-minted coins and medallions in recognition of excellence in accomplishments or competitions within the United States Air Force.

 

Coast Guard Challenge CoinU.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard, through COMDTINST M1650.25D, has issued rules that would apply to the use of our custom-minted coins and medallions in recognition of excellence in accomplishments or competitions within the United States Coast Guard.

 

Any additional questions you have may be answered by your unit’s commander; or by consulting the DOD Financial Management Regulations for further information.

Rcommended Reading.
Finally, for a more thorough discussion about the source of funding for Commander’s Coins, please see this well-researched article, “Commander’ Coins: Worth Their Weight in Gold?”, by Major Kathryn R. Sommerkamp, in the Nov. 1997 issue of The Army Lawyer magazine.