Joint Meritorious Unit Award
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
JMUA with Army-style frame (above)
with Navy/MC/AF/CG-style frame (below)
|Awarded by the Department of Defense|
|Awarded for||Awarded to joint units or units tasked to perform a joint mission.|
|Established||June 4, 1981|
|First awarded||September 30, 1982(retroactive to January 1979)|
|Next (higher)||Presidential Unit Citation|
|Next (lower)||Army – Valorous Unit Award|
Navy/Marine Corps – Unit Commendation
Air Force – Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard – Department of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award (JMUA) is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348.27 dated July 22, 1982. The Joint Meritorious Unit Award was made retroactive to January 23, 1979.
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is the only ribbon award granted by the Department of Defense and is the organizational equivalent of the Defense Superior Service Medal. It is awarded to joint units or activities where the joint activity must either report through Unified, Combined, or Specified Command channels or pursue a joint mission under the cognizance of the Secretary of Defense; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the commander of a Unified, Specified or Combined Command that is also a joint command; or the Secretary of a military department that has been designated the Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense.
The first organization to receive the Joint Meritorious Unit Award was the "Electronic Warfare During Close Air Support Joint Test Force" and was awarded the decoration on September 30, 1982. The JMUA was also awarded to U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy who served in Somalia in the early 1990s.
It was awarded for Operation Praying Mantis in 1988. Returning Navy units were to receive a Presidential Unit Citation, but it was downgraded after Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by USS Vincennes.
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a ribbon, enclosed in a gold frame. USN, USMC and USAF recipients wear a different, smaller frame than do U.S. Army, as the latters' unit awards are displayed at a different location on the uniform. The ribbon is very similar to the Defense Superior Service Medal, indicative of the fact that the service performed would warrant the award of the medal to an individual. Subsequent decorations of the Joint Meritorious Unit Award are annotated with oak leaf clusters.
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