MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) was established by
Executive Order 12830, 9 January 1993. It may be awarded to members of the
Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve Components, who
subsequent to 31 December 1992, perform outstanding volunteer community
service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.
To qualify for award of the MOVSM a service members volunteer service must
meet the following requirements:
(1) Be to the civilian community, to include the military family community.
(2) Be significant in nature and produce tangible results.
(3) Reflect favorably on the Military Service and the Department of Defense.
(4) Be of a sustained and direct nature.
While there is no specific time period to qualify for the MOVSM (for example, 500
hours of community service within 24 calendar months), approval authorities shall
ensure the service to be honored merits the special recognition afforded by this
medal. The MOVSM is intended to recognize exceptional community support over
time and not a single act or achievement. Further, it is intended to honor direct
support of community activities. For the purpose of this award, attending
membership meetings or social events of a community service group is not
considered qualifying service, while manning a community crisis action telephone
line is considered qualifying service.
Approval authority for award of the MOVSM will be commanders (overseas and
CONUS) serving in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher and colonel level
commanders who exercise general court-martial authority. Before the
recommendation is forwarded to the award approval authority, the recommender
must certify that the service member meets the eligibility criteria for award of the
MOVSM. Substantiating documentation, such as record of hours contributed,
letters or certificates from activity supervisors, or other proof of the service
member's volunteer services may be attached as enclosures to the
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