The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) is awarded by the
Department of Defense by authorization of Executive Order 12830 of
9 January 1993 signed by President Clinton.
Here are the eligibility requirements of the MOVSM for Department of the
Navy Personnel (Sailors & Marines):
The MOVSM are may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United
States who, after 31 December 1992,
perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and
consequential nature. To be eligible, an
individual's service must:
(1) Be to the civilian community, including 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.
Volunteering with the following types of organizations are examples of
qualifying service for the MOVSM:
youth programs such as Boy/Girl Scouts; YMCA or YWCA; 4H; Big
Brothers/Sisters, Sports programs such as
Little League and Special Olympics; abuse/rape/suicide hot line volunteers;
hospital/blood drive volunteers;
education programs such as volunteer teachers, D.A.R.E., and literacy
programs; CFC organizations such as March
of Dimes, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Salvation Army; volunteer fire
department/rescue squad; community centers;
neighborhood watch; Meals-on-Wheels; homeless shelters; senior citizens1
programs; working with the hearing
impaired; fund drives and telethon support; public library story hour;
museum guide; local beautification
projects such as Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Highway; military affiliates such
as USO, Navy and Marine Corps
Relief Society, and Navy League' Sea Cadet programs.
A MOVSM recommendation may be submitted by anyone senior to the individual
being recommended, on the appropriate
personal award recommendation form, to the individual's commanding officer.
The commanding officer shall certify that
the eligibility requirements have been met, and that the member's service
has been honorable throughout the award period.
Authority to award the MOVSM is delegated to officers who have authority to
award the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal or Joint Service Achievement Medal and above. The awarding authority
shall issue a letter of authorization which
includes the period recognized and the organization(s) for whom the
qualifying service was performed, as well as any
commendatory remarks desired by the awarding authority. No citation or
certificate will be issued.
Upon issuance, any Scouter who is awarded the MOVSM for service to Scouting
(as outlined in the letter of authorization)
may submit a copy of the letter to the Relationships Division, along with
$1.50 for issuance of the BSA Community
Service Award knot.
Source: NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL SECNAVINST 1650.1H
I hope this helps in getting your Marines recognized.
Yours in Scouting,
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