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.
The medal consists of four conjoined green enameled hexagons edged in gold which represent the unity of the Armed Forces. The top hexagon has thirteen gold five-pointed stars (representing the thirteen original states) and the lower hexagon has a gold stylized heraldic device (for land, air and sea). An eagle with spread wings and a shield on its breast is in the center of the hexagons. The eagle is grasping three arrows in its talons.