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Commander's Award For Civilian Service


Medal: On a disc 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in diameter overall a star of five points between three equilateral triangles one angle of each extending beyond edge of disc, all in bronze. On the reserve the inscription “DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY” above “COMMANDER’S AWARD FOR CIVILIAN SERVICE” in two lines, all incised letters.

Ribbon: The medal is suspended from a ribbon 1 3/8 inches in width consisting of the following vertical stripes: 1/16” Green, 1/8” White, 5/16” Green, 1/32” White, 5/16” Green, 1/32” White, 5/16” Green, 1/8” White and 1/16” Green.


The star denotes leadership and alludes to the commander. The triangles refer to civilian service, three triangles in this instance; allude to integrity, steadfastness and accomplishment.

Eligibility and Criteria

See Army Regulation 672-20, Incentive Awards.


The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service was created because a gap existed between the type of honorary awards which could be approved by field commanders for civilian personnel and is roughly equivalent to the Army Commendation medal. The Vice Chief of Staff, Army, approved the establishment of the award on 30 June 1976. It ranks directly below the Superior Civilian Service Award. This award consists of a medal, lapel button and citation certificate. A service ribbon and miniature size medal are also available.

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