Meritorious Service Medal Miniature
Service: All Services
Instituted: 16 January 1969
Criteria: Outstanding noncombat meritorious achievement or service to the United States
Devices: Army/Air Force: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Navy/ Marine Corps: Gold, Silver Star; Coast Guard: Silver Letter “O”, Gold, Silver Star
The Meritorious Service Medal cannot be awarded for service in a combat theater. It has often been the decoration of choice for both end of tour and retirement recognition for field grade officers and senior enlisted personnel.
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