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Volunteer medal now earns promotion points

Jul. 15, 2009 - 05:05PM   |   Last Updated: Jul. 15, 2009 - 05:05PM  |  
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The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal has been added to the list of awards and decorations that earn promotion points for advancement to sergeant and staff sergeant.

Under a policy change that took effect July 13, and that applies to August promotion selections, soldiers who have earned the MOVSM can be awarded 15 promotion points in the awards section of the Promotion Point Worksheet, DA Form 3355.

The worksheet records points that soldiers can use to compete for promotion under the monthly cutoff score system.

With a 15-point value, the medal is equivalent to the Army Achievement Medal and Combat Infantry Badge; and just below the Army Commendation Medal, worth 20 points; but, but in front of the Good Conduct Medal and Expert Infantry Badge, each worth 10 points.

There are six categories for rewarding achievements on the 800-point worksheet, with awards and decorations representing a potential 100 points.

The joint service medal, established by the Defense Department in 1993, is awarded to members of the active and reserve components who perform outstanding volunteer community service over a sustained period.

The Army's military awards regulation, AR 600-8-22, requires that soldiers meet the following criteria to qualify:

• Perform voluntary service for the civilian community, to include the military family community.

• Be significant in nature, and produce tangible results.

• Reflect favorably on the Army and the Department of Defense.

• Be of a sustained and direct nature. Single acts of achievement do not qualify.

Commanders in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and above are authorized to award the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal.

When worn on the uniform, the MOVSM is placed immediately after the Humanitarian Service Medal, and in front of the Armed Forces Service Medal.

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