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Humanitarian Service Medal
a. The Humanitarian Service Medal was established by Executive
Order 11965 of 19 January 1977. It is awarded to members of the Armed Forces
of the United States who, after 1 April 1975 distinguished themselves by
meritorious direct participation in a Department of Defense approved significant
military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. It is not awarded for
participation in domestic disturbances involving law enforcement, equal
rights to citizens, or protection of properties.
b. To be eligible, a service member must meet the following requirements:
c. The Humanitarian Service Medal is a U.S. service medal and does
not preclude or conflict with other service medals or decorations awarded
on the basis of valor, achievement or meritorious service.
d. No person will be awarded more than one Humanitarian Service Medal
for participation in the same military act or operation; a service star
will be worn to denote direct participation in second or subsequent humanitarian
acts or operations.
(1) Must be on active duty at the time of direct participation in a
Department of Defense-approved humanitarian act or operation.
(2) Must have directly participated in the humanitarian act or operation
within the designated geographical area of operation and within specified
time limits. "Direct participation" is defined as "hands
on" activity at the site or sites of the military act or operation.
Specifically excluded from eligibility for this medal are personnel or
elements remaining at geographically separated military headquarters.
21 June 1998