Defense Meritorious Service Medal Anodized

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Service: All Services (by Secretary of Defense)

Instituted: 3 November 1977

Criteria: Noncombat merit­orious achievement or ser­vice while assigned to a Joint Activity

Devices: Bronze & Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

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Authorized on November 3, 1977. The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to any active member of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguishes him/herself by noncombat meritorious achievement or service while serving in a Joint Activity after November 3, 1977.

The bronze medal has an eagle with spread wings in the center superimposed on a pentagon in the center of a laurel wreath. The reverse is inscribed with the words, “DEFENSE MERITORIOUS SERVICE” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. The ribbon has a wide white center stripe with three light blue stripes in the middle. The white stripe is flanked by ruby red and white.

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