Meritorious Civilian Service Award

The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is commonly the second highest award and medal provided to civilian employees within agencies of the federal government of the United States. However, the various agencies' awards are not directly comparable. For example, the US Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award is equivalent to the US military Legion of Merit,[1] while the US Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award is equivalent to the lower US military Meritorious Service Medal.[2]

Examples of Meritorious Civilian Service Awards include but are not limited to:

Armed Forces

Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award

The second highest award and is granted by the Secretary of the Army or a major Army commander. It consists of a medal, lapel button, and citation certificate. Nominees must have established a pattern of excellence, normally demonstrated by the receipt of lower level awards. It is equivalent to the military Legion of Merit.[3]

Air Force Meritorious Service Award

Application submitted through Installation Awards Committee and approved at MAJCOM level. Consists of a sterling silver medal bearing the Air Force coat of arms within a wreath of laurel leaves. The ribbon is light blue with 4 gold and 3 dark blue stripes in the center. A silver lapel emblem, miniature medal and AF Form 1166, Award for Meritorious Civilian Service accompanies the award. The emblem with a ruby indicates receipt of more than one meritorious award.[4]

Award consists of a certificate and citation signed by the activity head, medal and lapel emblem. The award is the third highest Navy civilian award, ranking behind the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.


Accomplished supervisory or non-supervisory duties in an exemplary manner, setting a record of achievement, and inspiring others to improve the quantity and quality of their work. Exhibited unusual courage or competence in an emergency, while performing assigned duties, resulting in direct benefit to the Government or its personnel. Rendered professional or public relations service of a unique or distinctive character. Demonstrated unusual initiative and skill in devising new and improved equipment, work methods, and procedures; inventions resulting in substantial savings in expenses such as manpower, time, space, and materials, or improved safety or health of the workforce; improving morale of employees in a unit which resulted in improvement of work performance and esprit de corps. This award may also be given at the time of retirement.

See also


  1. AR 672-20, Table 8-1
  2. AFI36-1004, para
  3. "Meritorious Civilian Service Award". Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Employees. US Army Civilian Personnel Online. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2011-07-10
  4. AFI36-1004, para


  • USAF (2009). Air Force Instruction 36-1004: The Air Force Civilian Recognition Program
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