Service: All Services (by Secretary of Defense)
Instituted: June 25, 1963
Criteria: Meritorious service or achievement while assigned to a Joint Activity
Devices: Bronze Letter “V” (for valor), Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Authorized on June 25, 1963, this was the first medal specifically authorized for members of a Joint Service organization. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces for meritorious achievement or service while serving in a Joint Activity after January 1, 1963. The “V” device is authorized if the award is made for direct participation in combat operations.