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a. Authorization. E.O. 12830 of 9 January 1993.

b. Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Eliqibility Requirements. The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) 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; and

(4) Be of a sustained and direct nature.

c. Guidelines

(1) While there is no specific time period to qualify for the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), approval authorities shall ensure the service to be honored merits the special recognition afforded by the medal. DON views the sustained time period to be three years. The Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) is intended to recognize exceptional community support . over time, 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; however, manning a community crisis action telephone line for a sustained period of time is considered qualifying service. The overall level of volunteer participation and impact of an individual's community service is the key to determining whether award of the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) is justified.

(2) The Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) recognizes service provided to a community over time; therefore multiple awards of the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) during a single tour of duty are not authorized. However, approval authorities may consider a sustained record of significant community service performed during successive tours when adjudicating recommendations for award of the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM).

(3) Service recognized by award of the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) shall be of a voluntary nature, not detailed or tasked, nor performed as part of a military mission (for example, a unit project).

(4) Volunteering with the following types of organizations are examples of qualifying service: 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.

(5) A Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (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.

d. Awarding Authority. Authority to award the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (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. For Navy personnel, copies of the approved OPNAV 1650/3 will be forwarded to NPC (PERS-312). For Marine Corps personnel, a copy of the approved Award Processing System award recommendation will automatically be forwarded to MMSB for inclusion in the Marine's official military record. No citation or certificate will be issued.

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