PERMISS

Secretary of the Army Award for Valor

  1. Purpose: The Secretary of the Army Award for Valor is established to acknowledge acts of heroism or bravery connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or that is some way benefits the Army. The performance of the act must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty.

  2. Description: The Army's Institute of Heraldry developed the medal.

    1. Award Decoration: A gold color metal disc charged with a faceted star of five points surmounting a laurel wreath with the word "VALOR" inscribed above. The reverse of the medal is inscribed with a small laurel wreath supporting a rectangular nameplate with the words "AWARDED TO" above and "FOR EXHIBITING BRAVERY" below. below. The five points of the star represent courage, unselfishness, risk, challenge, and boldness. The facets of the star signify the many forms these acts of valor may take. The laurel wreath is traditionally associated with honor and achievement.

    2. Ribbon: Old Glory Red represents the Army and the qualities of outstanding valor and sacrifice recognized by the conferring of the Award. White signifies high ideals, blue denotes integrity and patriotism. Together, the three colors recall the national flag and pay tribute to the United States.

  3. Certificate: A certificate (DA Form 7498) signed by the Secretary of the Army will accompany the medal.

  4. Eligibility: The performance of the act may be recognized if it is connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or that in some way benefits the Army.

  5. Criteria: Eligibility criteria for the medal: The nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exhibiting great courage or sacrifice involving heroism or bravery. The performance of the act must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The act may be recognized if it is connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or if the Army in some way benefits from it. Awards will be made only to recognize single acts of heroism or bravery and will not be made in recognition of activities or conflict with the armed enemy. The nominee must have been in a situation involving personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life, on or off the job. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life. Nominations must be well documented with information.

  6. Limitations on Awarding Medal: Only one medal is authorized for multiple acts of heroism during a single incident.

  7. Posthumous Awards: The medal may be awarded posthumously and, when so awarded, may be presented to a representative of the deceased individual's family.

  8. Responsibility and Approval: The Secretary of the Army is the approval authority for this award. All nominations will be reviewed by the Army Incentive Awards Board for recommendation to approve, disapprove, or return for additional information. If approved, the nominee will be presented the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor by the Secretary of the Army or his designee.

  9. Nomination Format: Nomination must include the following:

    1. For government employees, name, organization and contact information; all others, name and contact information.

    2. A detailed description of the act of bravery, date, time, place and scene of the incident, name and any other personal information about the individual(s) the nominee rescued or attempted to rescue, details of the hazard(s) faced by the nominee, a thorough account of the act, and how it is connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or how the Army benefited from it. The description must be well documented, including names of witnesses, if any, and information as to whether the nominee was assisted by other persons and if an injury occurred. Witnesses names, contact information and statements, should be included if available.

Content last reviewed: 12/16/2010-NBK

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