I’m Mark Goodman and just joined the Order. I’m an Army and Navy vet who currently serves in the California State Guard. As such, I am very interested in the history of California National Guard and California State Guard awards and decorations. I have noticed that California is one of a handful of states that issues a Good Conduct Medal. I am very interested in finding information about the history of that award.
The California National Guard Good Service Medal is awarded for at least 3 continuous years of service after 19 April 1952, provided the individual has attended at least 95% of drills and Annual Training each year (attendance for over 15 days at a training school can substitute) and not been AWOL, their immediate commander deems them to be abover reproach, they meet all the requirements for their MOS/grade, and have no civil or military convictions (apparently minor traffic violations don’t count!). They need to have conducted themselves in an exemplary manner that causes them to stand out amongst their peers. That’s about all I know about it.