Meritorious Civilian Service Award
The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is 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. Eligibility is determined by measuring contributions against the following example levels of achievement:
- Accomplished supervisory or nonsupervisory duties in an exemplary manner, setting a record of achievement, and inspiring others to improve the quantity and quality of their work.
- 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.
- Rendered professional or public relations service of a unique or distinctive character.
- Achieved outstanding results in improving the morale and performance of employees.
- Exhibited unusual courage or competence in an emergency, while performing assigned duties, resulting in direct benefit to the Government or its personnel.
The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is comparable to the military Legion of Merit.