Instituted 1942, Re-designated in 1966
Criteria Awarded to Army units for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy
Devices Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
The Army Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) was established on February 26, 1942 as the “Distinguished Unit Badge” or the “Distinguished Unit Citation” and re-designated as the Presidential Unit Citation in 1966. It is awarded to Army units that display the same degree of heroism in combat as would warrant the Distinguished Service Cross for an individual. Like all Army unit awards, the PUC is worn above the pocket on the right breast of the uniform. The gold-colored frame around the ribbon is worn with the open end of the “V” of the laurel leaf pattern pointing upward. The badge may only be worn permanently by those individuals who were assigned to the unit for the period for which it was cited. Current members of the unit who were not assigned to the unit for the award period are entitled to wear the ribbon but only for the duration of their assignment with the cited unit. Such personnel must remove it from their uniform upon reassignment. Additional awards of the Army Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by bronze oak leaf clusters.