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Encyclopedia > Meritorious Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
U.S. Army M.U.C.
U.S. Army M.U.C.
U.S. Navy M.U.C.
U.S. Navy M.U.C.
U.S. Coast Guard M.U.C.
U.S. Coast Guard M.U.C.
U.S. Air Force M.U.A
U.S. Air Force M.U.A

Awarded by United States Military
Type Ribbon and Streamer
Eligibility Military Unit
Awarded for "[E]xceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions."
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
First awarded 1944
Last awarded On going
Precedence
Next highest DoD - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army - Valorous Unit Award
Navy - Navy Unit Commendation
Air Force Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Next lowest Army - Superior Unit Award
Navy - None
Air Force - Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard - Meritorious Team Commendation
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The Meritorious Unit Commendation is a mid-level unit award of the United States military which is awarded to any military command which displays exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions. Army MUC Ribbon File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Army MUC Ribbon File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Meritorious_Unit_Commendation_. ... Image File history File links Meritorious_Unit_Commendation_. ... Coast Guard MUC File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Coast Guard MUC File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Air Force MUC Ribbon This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348. ... The Valorous Unit Award is a decoration which is awarded to units of the United States Army which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America. ... Navy Unit Commendation The Navy Unit Commendation of the United States Navy is an award that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. ... The Gallant Unit Citation is a military decoration of the United States Air Force which was created in 2001 by order of the Secretary of the Air Force. ... The Coast Guard Unit Commendation is the highest peacetime unit award which may be awarded to military commands of the United States Coast Guard. ... The Superior Unit Award is a decoration of the United States Army which is awarded in peacetime to any unit of the Army which displays outstanding meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission carried out under extraordinary circumstances. ... The Meritorious Team Commendation is the second lowest unit award of the United States Coast Guard. ... The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ...


Each military service issues its own version of the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The United States Army version is typically referred to as the "Meritorious Unit Commendation" while the other military branches use the service name as a prefix (for example Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation). The Meritorious Unit Commendation is abbreviated (and often pronounced) as "MUC". The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...

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Army

The Army Meritorious Unit Commendation was originally established in 1944 as the "Meritorious Service Unit Plaque". On April 6, 1966, the award was changed to a personal decoration, for wear on a uniform, with the ribbon established as a patch of scarlet worn inside a gold frame. Additional awards are denoted by oak leaf clusters. 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Examples of gold frames for U.S. and foreign issued awards A Gold frame is a military decoration which is issued by most of the world’s militaries as an attachment to certain awards and decorations. ... Bronze and Silver oak leaf clusters An Oak leaf cluster is a common device which is placed on military awards and decorations to denote those who have received more than one bestowal of a particular decoration. ...


Navy and Marine Corps

The Navy Meritorious Unit nono Commendation was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy on July 17, 1967. It is awarded in the name of the Secretary of the Navy to units of both the U.S. Navy and United States Marines. The Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ranks below the Navy Unit Commendation. Additional awards are denoted by bronze and silver service stars. Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Navy Unit Commendation The Navy Unit Commendation of the United States Navy is an award that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. ... Bronze and Silver Service Stars A Service star, also referred to as a battle star, campaign star, or engagement star, is an attachment to a military decoration which denotes participation in military campaigns or multiple bestowals of the same award. ...


Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation was established in November 1973 and is awarded in the name of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Additional awards of the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation are denoted by gold award stars. The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation may also be awarded with the Operational Distinguishing Device. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ... Coast Guard Unit Commendation with Award star and Operational Distinguishing Device The Operational Distinguishing Device is a decoration of the United States Coast Guard which is awarded to certain units as an attachment to a unit award (such as the Coast Guard Unit Commendation and Meritorious Unit Commendation). ...


Air Force

The Air Force version of the Meritorious Unit Commendation is known as the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award. The award was first created in 2001 and replaced the Outstanding Unit Award as the United States Air Force's equivalent of the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The decoration is awarded in the name of the Secretary of the Air Force and is considered the unit equivalent to the Legion of Merit. The Gallant Unit Citation is considered senior to the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award. Additional awards of the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award are denoted by oak leaf clusters. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The U.S. Air Force redirects here, for the official song, see The U.S. Air Force (song) The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerospace branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces which is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The Gallant Unit Citation is a military decoration of the United States Air Force which was created in 2001 by order of the Secretary of the Air Force. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (740 words)
Criteria: The Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during the period of military operations against an armed enemy occurring on or after 1 January 1944.
Effective 1 March 1961, the Meritorious Unit Commendation was authorized for units and/or detachments of the Armed Forces of the United States for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months in support of military operations.
AR 260-15, dated 16 May 1947, announced the Meritorious Unit Commendation, provided for wearing of the Meritorious Unit Commendation emblem, and provided for the display of the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer, which was scarlet with the name of the applicable theater of operations in white letters.
Meritorious Unit Commendation Display Recognition (1861 words)
Component: The current components of the Meritorious Unit Commendation are the emblems awarded to members of the unit and the streamer for display on the unit flag/guidon.
The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation was established on November 13, 1973, by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Chester R. Bender.
The Meritorious Unit Commendation was established on July 17, 1967, by Secretary of the Navy John T. McNaughton.
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