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Meritorious Public Service Medal


Medal: A bronze disc 1 9/16 inches (3.97 cm) in height and 1 7/16 inches (3.65 cm) in width, with a wreath on the lower half of the rim denoting nonmilitary service. The equilateral triangle is symbolic of the civilian. Displayed on the triangle is the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse of the medal is inscribed ''AWARDED TO'' ''FOR MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY.''

Ribbon: The medal is suspended from a ribbon 1 3/8 inches in width consisting of thirteen alternating stripes equally spaced, seven white and six red, with an oriental blue stripe 1/64 inch in width centered on each white stripe.

Eligibility and Criteria

See Army Regulation 672-20, Incentive Awards.


The medal was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army as the Outstanding Civilian Service Award in January 1959. In November 2014, the Secretary of the Army approved a modification to the Department of the Army Public Service Medals in order to make their nomenclature more consistent with their military equivalents. At that time the award was renamed the Meritorious Public Service Medal and the inscription on the reverse was changed accordingly. This award consists of a regular size medal, miniature size medal, service ribbon, lapel button and certificate.

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