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   Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1977
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
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  1. Authorized by Executive Order 12019
  2. Awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to any active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in a joint activity, distinguishes himself or herself by noncombat meritorious achievement or service. The required achievement or service, while of lesser degree than that required for award of the DSSM, nevertheless must have been accomplished with distinction.

  1. This medal was established by Executive Order 12019 on November 3, 1977, when President Carter signed the order establishing it. The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to military personnel serving with or assigned to a number of joint activities including The Secretary of Defense, Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Headquarters of Joint Commands. Other joint activities and specified commands such as Military Assistance Advisory Groups and Joint Missions; and jointly manned staffs within Allied Command Europe, Allied Command Atlantic, the NATO Military Committee, and military agencies associated with functions of the military or other joint activities as may be designated by the Secretary are also included.