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Delaware Laws | Title 20 Military and Civil Defense
CHAPTER 7. MEDALS, DECORATIONS AND HONORS
Sec. 703. Delaware Distinguished Service Medal.

(d) This medal shall be awarded upon the recommendation of a board of 3 officers and 2 enlisted members as appointed by the Adjutant General. (544)

(e) Only 1 medal may be awarded to any 1 person. For each additional award, a numeral 3/16 of an inch in diameter shall be given to the one who has earned the medal, which shall be affixed to the ribbon of the medal. The numeral affixed will designate the total number of times the medal has been awarded to the person. (545)

(64 Del. Laws, c. 258, Sec. 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 263, Sec. 2.) (546)

Sec. 704. Medal for Military Merit. (547)(Text)

(a) The Adjutant General may present, in the name of the State, the Medal for Military Merit to any person serving in the National Guard of the State who has distinguished himself or herself in any capacity as provided in this section. (548)

(b) The Medal for Military Merit shall be a medal of bronze, 1 and 1/4 inches in diameter. On the obverse is the coat of arms of the State around which is inscribed "For Military Merit." The reverse is plain. The medal shall be suspended by a ribbon 1 and 3/8 inches in width and 1 and 3/4 inches in length of beige with a 1/2 inch band of maroon in the center. (549)

(c) The Medal for Military Merit may be awarded for meritorious service and outstanding achievement. (550)

(1) A recommendation based on meritorious service recognizes praiseworthy execution of duties over a period of time. Service differs from achievement in that service concerns a period of time versus an act and is usually based on a permanent change of assignment, a completed period of service, or a retirement. The service must clearly distinguish the member from others of comparable grade and time of service. In addition, the medal will be awarded to members for every 10 years of satisfactory service. Federal military service shall count in the computation of time. Board action is not required. (551)

(2) A recommendation based on outstanding achievement recognizes a single, specific act or accomplishment separate and distinct from regularly assigned duties which brings credit to the recipient as an individual. An outstanding achievement award covers a short period of time with definite beginning and ending dates. To recognize proficiency in military studies, the medal will be awarded to members who complete a course of military studies consisting of at least 80 hours of instruction and who are designated as "honor" or "distinguished" graduates. Board action is not required. (552)

(d) This medal shall be awarded upon the recommendation of a board of 3 officers and 2 enlisted members as appointed by the Adjutant General. (553)

(e) Only 1 medal may be awarded to any 1 person. For each additional award, a numeral 3/16 of an inch in diameter shall be given to the one who has earned the medal, which shall be affixed to the ribbon of the medal. The numeral affixed will designate the total number of times the medal has been awarded to the person. (554)

(35 Del. Laws, c. 35, Sec. 2; 37 Del. Laws, c. 36, Sec. 3; Code 1935, Sec. 307; 20 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 702; 64 Del. Laws, c. 258, Sec. 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 263, Sec. 2.) (555)

Sec. 705. Medal for Service in Aid of Civil Authority. (556)(Text)

(a) The State Headquarters, on behalf of the Adjutant General, may present, in the name of the State, the Medal for Service in Aid of Civil Authority to any person serving in the National Guard of the State who has been called upon by the Governor to assist the civil authorities in the preservation of law and order. (557)

(b) The Medal for Service in Aid of Civil Authority shall be a bronze medal 1 and 1/4 inch in diameter. On the obverse is a mailed fist grasping a Roman sword, the sword vertical, point up; upon the point of the sword the scales of justice. The words "For Service in Aid of Civil Authority" in circular form inscribed thereon. The medal shall be suspended by a ribbon 1 and 3/8 inches in width and 1 and 3/4 inch in length in blue with a band of gold 1/4 inch wide through the center. (558)

(c) Only 1 medal may be awarded to any 1 person. For each additional award, a numeral 3/16 of an inch in diameter shall be given to the one who has earned the medal, which shall be affixed to the ribbon of the medal. The numeral affixed will designate the total number of times the medal has been awarded to the person. (559)

(35 Del. Laws, c. 35, Sec. 3; Code 1935, Sec. 308; 20 Del. C. 1953, Sec. 703; 64 Del. Laws, c. 258, Sec. 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 263, Sec. 2.) (560)

Sec. 706. Minor awards and ribbons. (561)(Text)

The Adjutant General may establish such minor awards and ribbons as deemed necessary for appropriate recognition. (562)

(64 Del. Laws, c. 258, Sec. 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, Sec. 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 263, Sec. 2.) (563)

Sec. 707. Honors for retired members of the Delaware National Guard. (564)(Text)

(a) Time and age retirement requirements as contained in federal law will apply to all Delaware National Guard members. (565)

(b) All members, who shall have served actively 25 years or more in the Delaware National Guard, may upon their own written request at retirement be placed upon the retired list at the next higher grade, not to exceed the maximum allowable grade in the appropriate officer or enlisted category. (566)

(c) All military members and civilian employees who shall have served actively 25 years or more in the Delaware National Guard may upon their retirement be issued a "State Seal" in recognition of long and faithful service. (567)

(73 Del. Laws, c. 263, Sec. 2.) (568)

Military and Civil Defense Military (569)

CHAPTER 9. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS RELATING TO MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS (570)(Text)

Sec.Sec. 901-903. Burial of indigent service members; procedure and conditions for burial payments; military funerals for service members brought from overseas. (571)(Text)

Repealed by 76 Del. Laws, c. 269, Sec. 1, effective June 30, 2008. (572)

Sec. 904. Unlawful use of insignia of veterans' organizations; penalties. (573)(Text)

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