Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

(All Services)

Awarded in the name of the secretary of defense for recognition of non-combat meritorious achievement or service while assigned to a joint activity.

Established in 1977, this award is for non-combat meritorious achievement or service of such degree that it makes the individual stand out from their peers while serving in a Joint Activity including organizations of the Secretary of Defense, The Joint Chiefs of Staff or Headquarters of other Joint Commands or joint activities designated by the Secretary of Defense.