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Joint Service Commendation Medal


Description

A bronze medal 1 7/16 inches (3.65 cm) in diameter overall consisting of a star of twelve points and superimposed thereon an eagle holding three arrows as adapted from the Seal of the Department of Defense.


Symbolism
The eagle holding three arrows suggests the nation's readiness to defend in the air, on land or at sea. The raised points denote vigilance in all directions.

Ribbon

A ribbon 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in width consisting of the following vertical stripes: 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Old Glory Blue, 1/16 inch (.16 cm) White, 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Green, 1/16 inch (.16 cm) White, 9/32 inch (.71 cm) Bluebird Blue, 1/16 inch (.16 cm) Old Glory Red, 9/32 inch (.71 cm) Bluebird Blue, 1/16 inch (.16 cm) White, 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Green, 1/16 (.16 cm) inch White, 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Old Glory Blue.


Background

The Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM) was authorized by the Secretary of Defense on 3 August 1983. It is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces of the United States below the grade of O-6 who, after 3 August 1983, distinguished themselves by outstanding performance of duty and meritorious achievement. The prescribing directive for the JSAM is DOD 1348.33-M, Manual of Military Decorations & Awards.






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