Service: All Services
Dates: 1975 to Present
Criteria: Direct participation in specific operations of a humanitarian nature.
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star, Bronze Numeral
Authorized on January 19, 1977 and awarded to Armed Forces personnel (including Reserve components) who, subsequent to April 1, 1975, distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in a DOD-approved significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature.
According to regulations, the participation must be “hands-on” at the site of the operation; personnel assigned to staff functions geographically separated from the operation are not eligible for this medal. Service members must be assigned and/or attached to participating units for specific operations by official orders.