Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award

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Superior Civilian Service Award
Medal of the award
Awarded by Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg Department of the Army
Country  United States
Eligibility Army civilian employees and direct/indirect-hire foreign nationals
Awarded for Superior service, achievement, or heroism[1]
Established 13 April 1987[2]
Next (higher) Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Next (lower) Commander's Award for Civilian Service
Related Meritorious Service Medal
USA - Superior Civilian Service Ribbon.png
Ribbon bar of the award

The Superior Civilian Service Award is the third highest award of the Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Employees. It consists of a medal, lapel pin and certificate. It is granted by any commander of the rank of Major General and above, or civilian equivalent.


Nominations for this award reflect superior service, achievement or heroism of a lesser degree than that recognized by the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Employees who have shown excellent performance through the previous receipt of honorary or monetary performance awards, can be considered for this award. Eligibility is determined by measuring contributions against the following example levels of achievement:

  • Accomplished assigned duties in a superior manner, leading team members to higher productivity, or completing a complex project more effectively and efficiently than required.
  • Demonstrated a high level of 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.
  • Exhibited courage or competence in an emergency, while performing assigned duties, resulting in direct benefit to the Government or its personnel. This award is comparable to the military Meritorious Service Medal. [3]


The medal of the award is a bronze disc 32 mm in diameter. On the obverse is the central portion of the Department of the Army Seal encircled by the words, in relief, “SUPERIOR CIVILIAN SERVICE”. The edge is encircled by a laurel wreath. The reverse contains the inscription “DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY” arching along the upper edge, while the lower edge contains a laurel wreath, extending up to the inscription. The medal is suspended from a crimson ribbon 35 mm in width with four thin white stripes in the center.[2]

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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 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Superior Civilian Service Award". Army Public Service Awards. The Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award". Department of the Army Honorary Awards for Department of the Army Employees. US Army Civilian Personnel Online. 2 December 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

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