Meritorious Service Medal


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The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is awarded by the United States Armed Forces to recognize exceptional non-combat service that doesn’t meet the caliber of the Legion of Merit Medal. The Medal is a right-facing eagle with widespread wings and a grasping wreath of laurels. It is superimposed with three points of a five-point star at the top.

  • Type:

    Military medal (Decoration)

  • Awarded for:

    Outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States

  • Presented by:

    United States Department of the Army, United States Department of the Navy, United States Department of the Air Force, United States Department of Homeland Security

  • Eligibility:

    Military Personnel Only

  • Status:

    Currently Awarded

  • Established:

    1969; 54 years ago