Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

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Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Awarded by Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg Department of the Army
Country United States
TypeCivil decoration
EligibilityArmy civilian personnel
Awarded forA pattern of achievement and excellence, which may have been previously recognized by awards up to and including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.[1]
Established29 December 1945
Next (lower)Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
RelatedDistinguished Service Medal[2]
Ribbon bar of the award

The Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service is the highest award that may be bestowed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Army to Army civilian employees. The medal was approved by the War Department 29 December 1945. This award consists of a gold medal, lapel button and certificate. A ribbon bar and miniature medal is also available for private purchase.[3]


Eligibility is determined by measuring contributions against the following example levels of achievement:

  • Accomplishing assigned duties of major program significance to the Department of the Army in such a way as to have been clearly exceptional or preeminent among all persons who have performed similar duties.
  • Developed and improved major methods and procedures, developed significant inventions, or was responsible for exceptional achievements that effected large-scale savings or were of major significance in advancing the missions of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, and the Federal Government.
  • Provided outstanding leadership to the administration of major Army programs resulting in highly successful mission accomplishment or in the major redirection of objectives or accomplishments to meet unique or emergency situations.
  • Exhibited great courage and voluntary risk of life in performing an act resulting in direct benefit to the Government or its personnel.[2]


The medal of the award is a gold disc, 38 mm in diameter. On the obverse in the center is a bald eagle similar to the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse of the medal is inscribed "FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY EXCEPTIONAL CIVILIAN SERVICE--TO." The edge on both sides is surrounded by a laurel wreath. The medal is suspended from an ultramarine blue ribbon 35 mm in width with three thin white skip stripes in the center of the ribbon.[3]

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  1. ^ "Army Regulation 672–20 Incentive Awards" (PDF). Headquarters, Department of the Army. 29 January 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  2. ^ a b "Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service". Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Employees. US Army Civilian Personnel Online. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  3. ^ a b "Exceptional Civilian Service Award". Decorations, Medals, and Awards for Civilian Personnel. United States Army Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 2011-07-08.

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