Distinguished Service Medal Law and Legal Definition

The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest non-valorous military and civilian decoration of the U.S. military. It is issued for exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. government either in a senior government service position or as a senior army officer of the U.S. or other uniformed services.

The following is a federal statute that defines the term 'Distinguished Service Medal.'

According to 10 USCS § 3743 ,the President may award a distinguished-service medal of appropriate design and a ribbon, together with a rosette or other device to be worn in place to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself/herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. in a duty of great responsibility.