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Defense Distinguished Service Ribbon

The Defense Distinguished Service Ribbon is awarded to military officers for exceptionally meritorious service while assigned to a Department of Defense joint activity.

The Secretary of Defense is the awarding authority for the medal, usually awarded to the most senior officers. Examples of assignments that may allow qualification for this medal are: Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chiefs and Vice Chiefs of the Military Services, including the Commandant and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Commanders and Vice Commanders of Unified and Specified Commands.

The ribbon may also be awarded to other senior officers who serve in positions of great responsibility or to an officer whose direct and individual contributions to national security or defense are also recognized as being so exceptional in scope and value as to be equivalent to contributions normally associated with positions encompassing broader responsibilities.

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Defense Distinguished Service Ribbon


The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is worn after the military crosses, and Before the Distinguished Service medals of each branch of the United States military.