The U.S. Air Force has released criteria for the new 'V', 'C' and 'R' devices. The 'R' device, which may be affixed to non-combat performance awards, was established to distinguish that an award was earned for direct hands-on employment of a weapon system that had a direct and immediate impact on a combat or military operation. The standardization of the 'V' device as a valor-only device will ensure unambiguous and distinctive recognition of distinguished acts of combat heroism. The new 'C' device was created to distinctly recognize those servicemembers performing meritoriously under the most difficult combat conditions. All devices may be awarded retroactive to Jan. 7, 2016. For more information on Air Force recognition programs, visit myPers.