The commemorative pin badge of goldish metal with enamel is made in the form of a laurel wreath imposed over a ruby cross with extending cut blades: diamond-shaped vertically and concave ends horizontally. In the center of the cross there is a relief image of the Armed Forces emblem – a golden double-headed eagle with spread wings, holding an unsheathed sword.
At the left and the right of the cross the laurel wreath is intertwined with a ribbon of the colors of the national flag which ends fall to the wreath basis. At the top of the wreath there is a black figured ribbon with a relief goldish inscription: “PARTICIPANT OF COMBAT OPERATIONS”.
On the back of the commemorative badge there is a screw for fastening it to the military uniform.
The Armed Forces emblem indicates belonging to Russian Army. It is an image a golden double-headed eagle with spread wings, holding an unsheathed sword (the symbol of protection of Fatherland) and a laurel wrench (a symbol of glory, victory and peace). On the chest of the eagle there is a red shield topped with a crown. On the shield there is a horseman spesring a dragon.
The ruby cross is the symbol of fidelity to Russian historical tradition of rewarding soldiers, sailors and junior officers the Order of St. George.
The ruby color symbolizes force and courage, it is a traditional color of military uniform of the Land Forces.
The three-colored ribbon on the wreath symbolizes: white – peace, chastity and purity; blue – belief, loyalty and truth; red – constancy, energy, force, courage and blood shed for the Fatherland.