Date Authorized: June 25th, 1963
Ribbon Colors: blue; white; green
Multi-banded ribbon pattern, each band with varying degrees of thickness; from left to right, the colors are blue, white, green, white and a final green at center; the ribbon repeats this pattern in reverse fashion to the other edge.
Four conjoined hexagons; center shape is green with gold trim; on center shape is an American Eagle with shield of the United States on breast; the eagle clasps three crossed arrows in its talons, points facing left; above the eagle are thirteen stars; below eagle is a shape representing land, sea and air; entire scene is encircled by gold laurel wreath contained by gold bands; area between center shape and wreath are pierced; REVERSE: Same pierced shape with rectangular space for recipient's name at center; above shape are the words "For Military" on two lines of text and below the shape is the word "Merit"; under the latter is a single, seven leaf laurel branch.
Awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to those US Armed Forces personnel having distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service after January 1st, 1963.