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   Humanitarian Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1977
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Humanitarian Service Medal
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  1. Authorized by E.O. 11965
  2. May be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve components who, subsequent to April 1, 1975, distinguished themselves as individuals or as members of U.S. military units or ships by meritorious, direct participation in a significant military act, or operation of a humanitarian nature. Direct participation is defined as being physically present at the designated location, having directly contributed to and influenced the action. Designated location is the immediate site(s) of the humanitarian operations as defined by the Presidential request for assistance in the United States or the Department of State (DoS) for overseas areas. When appropriate, the local commander in his or her recommendation may propose specific clarification of designated boundaries based on the intent of the Presidential or Department of State request. Specifically excluded from eligibility are Service members or elements remaining at geographically separated locations or who were assigned to the location but did not make a direct contribution to nor influenced the action. Award of the Humanitarian Service Medal does not prevent or conflict with other medals or ribbons awarded on the basis of unit achievement, or of individual valor, achievement, or meritorious service. No Service member shall be entitled to more than one award of the Humanitarian Service Medal for participation in the same military actor operation of a humanitarian nature. c. The following types of military acts or operations may qualify for award of the Humanitarian Service Medal:
  • 1. Significant assistance in the event of national or international disasters, natural or man-made, such as, but not limited to, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, or conflagrations.
  • 2. Relief to a starvation area.
  • 3. Evacuation of personnel from an area threatened by a hostile force.
  • 4. Support or resettlement of refugees or evacuees.
  • 5. Other significant military activities, directly related to humanitarian service, as designated in Military Service regulations. These must be above and beyond routine actions. d. No more than one Humanitarian Service Medal shall be awarded to any Service member.
  • For subsequent acts or operations justifying award of the medal, service stars shall be awarded and worn on the suspension and service ribbon of the medal.