a. Authorization. E.O. 10448, E.O. 12776, and E.O. 13293.
b. National Defense Service Medal Eligibility Requirements
(1) Honorable active service as a member of the Armed
Forces for any of the following periods, all dates inclusive:
27 June 1950 to 28 July 1954; 1 January 1961 to 14 August 1974;
2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995; and 12 September 2001 to a
date to be determined.
(2) Categories of personnel listed below are ineligible,
except as noted:
(a) Guard and Reserve force personnel on short tours
of active duty to fulfill training obligations under an inactive
duty training program, including drill periods and two-week
training. However, effective 8 October 1991, the President of
the United States expanded criteria to include all members of
the National Guard and Reserve who were part of the Selected
Reserve in good standing during the periods 2 August 1990 to 30
November 1995, and from 12 September 2001 to a date to be
determined. Consequently, all members of the Navy and Marine
Corps Reserve who were part of the Selected Reserve in good
standing during said periods are eligible.
Any person on temporary active duty to serve on
boards, courts, commissions and like organizations.
(c) Any person on active duty for the sole purpose of
undergoing a physical examination.
(d) Any person on active duty for purposes other than
extended active duty.
(3) Subparagraph (2) above shall not bar award of the
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) to members of the Guard or
Reserve forces, who, after 31 December 1960, become eligible for
award of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Vietnam
Service Medal, who serve for 30 days or more on temporary active
duty. Such persons shall be considered to be performing active
service for the purpose of eligibility for the National Defense Service Medal (NDSM).
(4) Midshipmen attending the Naval Academy during the
above periods are eligible for the National Defense Service Medal
(5) Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)
Midshipmen are only eligible if they participated in a summer
cruise in an area that qualified for a campaign medal.
Authorized Devices: Bronze Star