- To whom awarded: The Achievement Medal may be awarded to SGAUS members who have performed meritorious achievement or service that has favorable impact on SGAUS or a state guard / defense force.
- Recommendations will be forwarded through state guard defense force chain of command to the Awards Committee. The recommendation of the Awards Committee will be presented to the approving authority for its decision.
- Succeeding awards: For each succeeding award, an oak leaf cluster will be attached to the award ribbon. A bronze cluster shall represent one additional award and a silver cluster will be worn in place of five bronze clusters.
- Approving authority: The approving authority for this award is the SGAUS President.