Army Distinguished Public Service Medal

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Distinguished Public Service Medal
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Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service
Awarded by Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg Department of the Army
Country  United States
Type Civilian public service award
Eligibility Civilians not employed by the Federal Government for outstanding public service to the Department of the Army.
Awarded for Distinguished service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions.[1]
Established May 1956[2]
Next (lower) Superior Public Service Medal
Related Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal
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Ribbon bar of the medal

The Distinguished Public Service Medal, formerly the Department of the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army in May 1956. This award consists of a gold medal, lapel button and certificate. This award recognizes distinguished service toward the accomplishment of the Army's mission.[3]


The Secretary of the Army awards this decoration to those who provide distinguished service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions. Eligible individuals include, employees of the Federal Government, officials at the policy development level, Army contractors, and technical personnel who serve the Army in an advisory capacity or as consultants. Army civilian employees are not eligible, as they are eligible for Department of the Army Honorary Awards, nor are military personnel.[1]


The Distinguished Public Service Medal is a gold disc 40 mm in height and 36.5 mm in width, with a laurel wreath on the lower half of the rim representing non-military service. Superimposed on the disc is an equilateral triangle which symbolizes the civilian. Displayed on the triangle is the eagle of the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse of the medal bears the inscription AWARDED TO...FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY. The medal is suspended by a white ribbon 35 mm in width. The edges of the ribbon have thin stripes of white, ultramarine blue, white, and old glory red.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service". Department of the Army Public Service Awards for Private Citizens. US Army Civilian Personnel Online. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Distinguished Public Service Medal". Army Public Service Awards. The Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Army Regulation 672–20 Incentive Awards" (PDF). Headquarters, Department of the Army. 29 January 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 

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