Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service is the highest Department of the Army honorary award granted by the Secretary of the Army. This award must be processed through the chain of command to the Army Incentive Awards Board (AIAB).


  • All Army civilian employees paid from appropriated and non-appropriated funds and direct/indirect hire foreign nationals are eligible for consideration.


  • Nominees for this award must have established a pattern of excellence and achievements which normally have been recognized by previous honorary awards up to and including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Content last reviewed: 6/20/2006-FMJ