The Secretary of Defense presents the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) award to the Armed Forces members. This is the third-highest award that the Department of Defense issues. This award honors the personnel who carry out outstanding service in a non-combat context at the joint assignment with the Department of Defense. The bronze medal features an eagle in front of a pentagon and is encircled with two laurel wreaths.
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
$13.00 – $20.00
- Awarded for:
Non-combat outstanding achievement or meritorious service.
- Presented by:
United States Department of Defense
Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces or any member of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation
Executive Order 12019, November 3, 1977
Amended by Executive Order 13666, April 18, 2014
- First awarded:
November 3rd, 1977