Distinguished Intelligence Cross

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Distinguished Intelligence Cross
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Awarded by Central Intelligence Agency
Country United States of America
Eligibility Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency
Awarded for "For a voluntary act or acts of extraordinary heroism involving the acceptance of existing dangers with conspicuous fortitude and exemplary courage."
Precedence
Next (lower) Distinguished Intelligence Medal
Related National Intelligence Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross

The Distinguished Intelligence Cross is the highest decoration awarded by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. It is the agency's equivalent of the military's Service Cross, i.e., Navy Cross, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross. It has been said that the DIC is the equivalent to the Medal of Honor, but the MOH is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the US Congress and the DIC is awarded by the CIA.

The cross is awarded for "a voluntary act or acts of extraordinary heroism involving the acceptance of existing dangers with conspicuous fortitude and exemplary courage". Only a few dozen people have been awarded this medal in the history of the agency, making it one of the rarest awards for valor in the United States.[1] The Central Intelligence Agency has two awards for valor; the other is the Intelligence Star, which is analogous to the military's Silver Star.[2][3]

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