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   Meritorious Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1969
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Meritorious Service Medal
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  1. Authorized by Executive Order 11448, as amended Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat meritorious achievement or service to the United States. Normally, the acts or services rendered must be comparable to that required for the Legion of Merit, but in a duty of lesser though considerable responsibility

  1. At Tri-Department Awards Conference, 5-6 February 1968, there was a discussion on the need for a third meritorious award to provide appropriate recognition for noncombat achievement or service comparable to the Bronze Star Medal for combat achievement or service. It was felt that the Legion of Merit’s prestige was slipping because it was being used with increasing frequency to reward service below Legion of Merit standard, but higher than that required for the