Army Distinguished Service Medal

Army Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal

(Army)

For exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility.

Authorized in 1918 in the legislation authorizing the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star Citation, the Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for both combat valor and non-combat services of exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a position of great responsibility.  It is our fourth highest military award and shares this level of prominence with the Navy/Marine Corps DSM, the Coast Guard DSM and the Air Force DSM, each of which has its own unique design.