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Sons of Confederate Veterans

Awards Manual and Insignia Guide

National Awards and Officer Insignia

Amended Feb.26, 2020. All previous editions are obsolete.

Version 2020-Rev 4

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Foreword

This booklet was developed to assist members in becoming familiar with and understanding eligibility

for all national awards and officers’ insignias of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It includes all awards

approved through January 2020. An electronic copy of this booklet can be found on the SCV web site at

www.scv.org.

Please Note:

Our nomination submission policy has changed. Please follow the submission protocol for each

award nomination submission found in the current years’ SCV Awards Manual found at

http://scv.org/awards-manual. “Awards Nomination Forms” found on our website www.scv.org must

be used. Completed nomination forms are then submitted to the Division Commander for approval.

Division Commanders will compile all nomination forms and submit to SCV Executive Director , Chief- of–Staff, Awards Chairman or proper Committee Chairman as one package submission from each

division. Award nominations submitted by Camps or individual members directly to National HQ, the

Commander-in-Chief or Awards Committee Chairman will be returned. Please follow the awards

submission protocol so the dedicated hard work of our members is recognized.

Important Award Dates to Remember

April 1 – Nomination submitted to Division Graves Committee Chairman for Graves Award

April 15 – General Executive Council starts gathering their nominations for awards

April 21 – Deadline for submission of Graves Award, Heritage Defense Medal and Rev. J. William Jones

Christian Service Award nominations from Division Commanders.

May 1 – Deadline for General Executive Council nominations of awards.

May 1 – Deadline for SCV units to submit nominations for individual National Merit Awards to Division

Commanders

May 15 – Deadline for Division Commanders to submit Individual National Merit Awards

nominations to SCV Executive Director, Chief-of-Staff and Awards Committee Chair. Awards should be

fully vetted by Division Commanders as duly attested to have earned the award.

May 17 –Camp notification deadline to Awards Committee for General Samuel Cooper Website Award

June 1 – Deadline for camps to electronically submit Newsletter Awards to Awards Committee

chairman.

June 15 – Deadline for submission of General William D. McCain Distinguished Camp Award

Awards Committee Members

Randall B Burbage – Chairman James Speicher – Co-Chair Ronald L. Perdue – ANV Rep

1130 John Rutledge Ave. colspike@hotmail.com ronaldleeperdue@gmail.com

Hanahan, SC 29410

SCVAwards@scv.org

Tom Hiter – AOT Rep. Dennis Brand – ATM Rep.

tyhiter@wk.net hobobrand@gmail.com

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Our Highest Individual Awards Ranked Highest to Lowest

Confederate Medal of Honor..............................................................................Page 4

Roll of Honor Medal...........................................................................................Page 5

Jefferson Davis Chalice......................................................................................Page 6

Robert E. Lee Award...........................................................................................Page 7

Past Commander In Chief’s Plaque....................................................................Page 7

LtGen Stephen D. Lee Award..............................................................................Page 8

Horace L. Hunley Award.....................................................................................Page 8

Dixie Defender Award.........................................................................................Page 8

Chapter 2: National Merit Awards

Distinguished Service Medal..............................................................................Page 9

Meritorious Service Award.................................................................................Page 10

Graves Award......................................................................................................Page 10

Heritage Defense Medal......................................................................................Page 11

SCV Commendation Award................................................................................Page 12

SCV Leadership Award.......................................................................................Page 12

Rev. J. William Jones Christian Service Award.................................................Page 13

Superior Achievement Award.............................................................................Page 14

Commander-In-Chief’s Award............................................................................Page 14

Commander-In-Chief’s Ladies Appreciation Award..........................................Page 15

Ladies Appreciation Award.................................................................................Page 15

Hoover Law and Order Award............................................................................Page 16

Dixie Club............................................................................................................Page 16

General Jo Shelby Award....................................................................................Page 17

David O. Dodd Award .........................................................................................Page 18

SCV Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Distinguished Student Award...Page 18

H. L. Hunley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Award.............Page 19

SCV Eagle Scout Achievement Certificate..........................................................Page 20

Chapter 3: Local Merit Awards

Real Son / Real Daughter Award........................................................................Page 21

Grandson / Granddaughter Award.....................................................................Page 21

SCV Service Medal..............................................................................................Page 22

War Service Medal..............................................................................................Page 22

Certificate of Appreciation..................................................................................Page 23

Member’s Medal.................................................................................................Page 24

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Chapter 4: Competitive National Achievement Awards

General William D. McCain Distinguished Camp Award...................................Page 25

General Samuel Cooper Website Award..............................................................Page 25

General Stand Watie Award.................................................................................Page 26

Recruiting Awards:

General Nathan Bedford Forrest Award..............................................................Page 26

General A.P. Hill Award.......................................................................................Page 26

General Albert Sydney Johnston Award..............................................................Page 27

Edward L. Darling Recruiting Award...................................................................Page 27

Dr. James B. Butler Historical Award..................................................................Page 27

Scrapbook Awards:..........................................................................................Page 27

Judah P. Benjamin Award....................................................................................Page 28

Dr. B.H. Webster Award.......................................................................................Page 29

Newsletter Awards:

S.A. Cunningham Award.......................................................................................Page 29

Dr. Paul Jon Miller Award.....................................................................................Page 29

DeWitt Smith Jobe Award.....................................................................................Page 30

Chapter 5: Certificates:

Membership Certificate.........................................................................................Page 30

Supplemental Certificate.......................................................................................Page 30

Officer’s Commission.............................................................................................Page 30

Chapter 6: Authorized Insignia:

National Officers....................................................................................................Page 32

Army Department Commanders...........................................................................Page 32

Division Commanders...........................................................................................Page 32

Insignia of Past Service..........................................................................................Page 32

Brigade and Camp Officers....................................................................................Page 33

Protocol for wearing medals and insignia.............................................................Page 33

Ranking of medals..................................................................................................Page 34-35

Appendices:

Appendix A – Scrapbook Judging Criteria.............................................................Page 36

Appendix B – Newsletter Judging Criteria and Grading Sheet.............................Page 37

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Chapter 1: Our Highest Honors

Confederate Medal of Honor

Purpose: No medals for bravery were authorized by the Confederate Congress. The Sons of

Confederate Veterans sought to correct this historic oversight by creating the Confederate Medal of

Honor to honor those members of the Confederate service who demonstrated outstanding bravery

above and beyond that which would normally be expected of a Confederate soldier.

Eligibility: Candidates must have served the Confederacy in a military or government capacity during

the War Between the States.

Requirements: Recipients of this award must have distinguished themselves conspicuously by

gallantry, bravery, and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in

action against the enemy of the Confederate States of America.

Who May Submit: Any member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans may submit a candidate for this

award.

Who May Award: This award may be given only by the Commander-in-Chief following approval by

the Confederate Medal of Honor Committee.

Forms: Recommendations for the Confederate Medal of Honor shall be made on applications provided

by the Confederate Medal of Honor Committee. SCV General Headquarters will maintain these forms.

Standards of Proof: The SCV member making the recommendation shall submit a complete and

written record on each candidate. The report must contain documented proof of the deed performed by

the candidate. The report must be submitted to the Chairman of the Confederate Medal of Honor

Committee, who shall present it to the Committee for investigation and approval. The award will bear

the signature of the Commander -in-Chief, Adjutant-in-Chief, and each member of the Medal of Honor

Committee.

Form of Award: The award consists of two items: (1) Medal; (2) Certificate.

Costs of Award: Cost of the medal and certificate is borne by SCV General Headquarters. The cost of

framing shall be borne by the requesting organization / individual, utilizing specifications supplied by

SCV General Headquarters.

Presentation: Formal presentation shall be made in the name of the recipient to an appropriate

institution of government, a museum, library, or other worthy location whereby the medal will be on

permanent display. An agreement must be signed by the displaying institution guaranteeing display and

safety of the award. In cases where living descendants of the recipient can be determined, contact

should be made so as to permit their participation in the awards ceremony.

Certificate CMOH Displayed

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Roll of Honor Medal

Purpose: The Roll of Honor listed the names of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines who served

with distinction during the War Between the States. No medals for these men were ever produced. The

Sons of Confederate Veterans seeks to correct this historic oversight by creating the Roll of Honor

Medal to honor those members of the Confederate service who were identified by their compatriots of

exhibiting bravery above and beyond that which would normally be expected of a Confederate soldier.

This is not a convention/reunion award.

Who May Submit: Any member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans may submit a candidate for this

award.

Requirements: Recipients of this award must be listed on the Confederate Roll of Honor and have

been separated under honorable conditions.

Who May Award: This award may be given only by the Commander-in-Chief following approval by

the Confederate Medal of Honor Committee.

Eligibility: Candidates must have served the Confederacy in a military or government capacity during

the War Between the States.

Forms: Recommendations for the Role of Honor Medal shall be made on applications provided by the

Confederate Medal of Honor Committee. SCV General Headquarters will maintain these forms.

Standards of Proof: The SCV member making the recommendation shall submit proof and

information from the Roll of Honor as well as the Soldier's service record. The report must be submitted

to the Chairman of the Confederate Medal of Honor Committee, who shall present it to the Committee

for investigation and approval. The award will bear the signature of the Commander-in-Chief and

Adjutant-in-Chief.

Form of Award: The award consists of two items: (1) Medal; (2) Certificate.

Costs of Award: Cost of the award is borne by applicant.

Presentation: Formal presentation shall be made in the name of the recipient to an appropriate

institution of government, a museum, library, or other worthy location whereby the medal will be on

permanent display. An agreement must be signed by the displaying institution guaranteeing display and

safety of the award. In cases where living descendants of the recipient can be determined, contact

should be made so as to permit their participation in the awards ceremony.

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Jefferson Davis Chalice

Purpose: This is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the Sons of Confederate

Veterans. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: Only one award may be made annually. The award need not be given if the

General Executive Council so decides.

Eligibility: All nominees must have served in a position of national importance in an outstanding

manner. Examples of such positions include: Commander-in-Chief, Lt. Commander-in-Chief,

important General Staff positions, and chairmen of important national committees. This shall not be

construed in such a way as to exclude members who have previously served in these capacities. Any

person recommended must have previously received the Robert E. Lee Award. Service of similar

national importance on behalf of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars cannot be considered in any

way for this award. No individual may be awarded the Jefferson Davis Chalice more than once.

Selection Process: The Awards Committee will notify the General Executive Council each spring that

nominations are due for this award. Members of the General Executive Council are permitted to

nominate one candidate annually for the Jefferson Davis Chalice. A narrative of at least 25 words and

not more than 75 words should accompany nominations. After the announced period for receiving

nominations has passed, the Awards Committee will prepare a ballot, with accompanying narratives,

which will be sent to each voting member of the General Executive Council by the GHQ. The ballot will

contain a provision for Members to vote for No Award. Voting shall be by secret ballot, which will be

transmitted to the designated member of the Awards Committee for tabulating. The nominee receiving

the largest number of votes will be declared the winner. In case of tie, the nominee with the greatest

number of years of SCV membership will be declared the winner. If the provision for No Award receives

the highest number of votes, then no award will be made that year.

Form of Award: This award consists of four items: Engraved silver chalice, large medal, miniature

medal & a Certificate.

Cost of Award: The cost of the award will be borne by SCV General Headquarters.

Presentation: This award will normally be presented at the National Convention. The Commander- in-Chief may direct an alternate time and place of presentation.

Past Winners: Past winners of the Jefferson Davis Chalice who request a medal and certificate from

GHQ (if not previously awarded these items), will receive these items at no cost.

Certificate Large Miniature

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Robert E. Lee Award

Purpose: This is the second highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the Sons of

Confederate Veterans. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: No more than three awards may be made annually. The General Executive

Council may decide on a lesser number.

Eligibility: All nominees must have served in an outstanding manner in a position at the national,

department, or division level. Example of such positions include: Commander-in-Chief, Lt.

Commander-in-Chief, General Staff positions, Army Commanders, Division Commanders and

chairmen of national committees. This shall not be construed in such a way as to exclude members who

have previously served in these capacities. Service of similar national importance on behalf of the

Military Order of the Stars and Bars cannot be considered in any way for this award. No individual may

be awarded the Robert E. Lee award more than once.

Selection Process: The Awards Committee will notify the General Executive Council each spring that

nominations are due for this award. Members of the General Executive Council are permitted to

nominate up to three candidates annually for the Robert E. Lee Award. A narrative of at least 25 words,

but not more than 75 words should accompany such nominations. After the announced period for

receiving nominations has passed, the Awards Committee will prepare a ballot, with accompanying

narratives, which will be sent to each voting member of the General Executive Council. The ballot will

contain a provision for Members to vote for No Award. Voting shall be by secret ballot, which will be

transmitted to the designated member of the Awards Committee for tabulating. The three nominees

receiving the greatest number of votes will be declared the winners. In case of tie, the nominees with the

greatest number of years of SCV membership will be declared the winners. Members may vote in the No

Award category up to 3 times, and the number of awards will be reduced accordingly, if the No Award

category is among the top 3 in voting.

Form of Award: This award consists of three items: Large medal, miniature medal, and a Certificate.

Cost of Award: The cost of the award will be borne by SCV General Headquarters.

Presentation: These awards will normally be presented at the National Convention. The Commander- in-Chief may direct an alternate time and place of presentation.

Past Winners: Past winners of the Robert E. Lee Award may request a certificate from GHQ (if not

previously awarded this item), and it will be provided at no cost to the individual.

Certificate Large Miniature

Past Commander-in-Chief’s Plaque

Purpose: This plaque is presented to the out-going Commander-in-Chief as a token of appreciation for

his leadership and contributions to the office during his term.

Number of Awards: One for each term of office

Eligibility: Outgoing Commanders-in-Chief.

Presentation: This plaque will be presented to the outgoing Commander-in-Chief at the National

Convention. The incoming Commander-in-Chief may specify an alternate method of presentation.

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Lt Gen Stephen Dill Lee Award

Purpose: This is the highest award that can be bestowed on a non-member by the Sons of Confederate

Veterans. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: Two may be awarded annually. One by the C-I-C and one by the GEC.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made a substantial contribution on a national level through their

actions, efforts and deeds to honor and defend the good name of Confederate veterans, to perpetuate

the highest principles with which they conducted themselves, both on and off the field of battle, and to

ensure the true history of the South is presented to future generations.

Selection Process: The Awards Committee will notify the General Executive Council each spring that

nominations are due for this award. Members of the General Executive Council are permitted to

nominate candidates annually for the Lt Gen Stephen Dill Lee Award. A narrative of at least 25 words,

but not more than 75 words should accompany such nominations. After the announced period for

receiving nominations has passed, the Awards Committee will prepare a ballot, with accompanying

narratives, which will be sent to each voting member of the General Executive Council. The ballot will

contain a provision for Members to vote for No Award. Voting shall be by secret ballot, which will be

transmitted to the designated member of the Awards Committee for tabulating. The nominees receiving

the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner. In case of a tie, the General Executive Council

will be asked to revote until a winner is selected. The Commander-in-Chief may select an award winner

annually in addition to the GEC's selection.

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) a marble statuette; (2) Certificate.

Cost of Award: The cost of the award will be borne by SCV General Headquarters.

Presentation: These awards will normally be presented at the National Convention. The Commander- in-Chief may direct an alternate time and place of presentation.

Horace L. Hunley Award

Purpose: This is the second highest award that can be bestowed on a non-member by the Sons of

Confederate Veterans for exemplary action and achievement in the preservation of Confederate history

and heritage. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: Only one of these awards will be made annually.

Eligibility: Nominees must have provided exemplary service and made notable achievements in the

preservation of Confederate history and heritage.

Selection process: The recipient is selected by the General Executive Council in the same manner as

the Lt Gen Stephen Dill Lee Award. The nominee in the Lt Gen Stephen Dill Lee Award receiving the

second greatest number of votes will be declared winner.

Form of Award: The award consists of an engraved plaque and a certificate.

Presentation: This award will normally be presented at the National Convention.

Dixie Defender Award

Purpose: This is the third highest award that can be bestowed on a non-member by the Sons of

Confederate Veterans for giving unselfishly of their time and resources to ensure the true history of the

South is presented to future generations. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: There is no limit to the number of these awards presented annually.

Eligibility: Nominees must have made notable achievements at the local or national level to preserve

Southern history and heritage.

Selection process: The recipient is selected by the General Executive Council in the same manner as

the LtGen Stephen Dill Lee Award. The nominee in the Lt Gen Stephen Dill Lee Award receiving the

third greatest number of votes will be declared winner.

Form of Award: The award consists of a certificate.

Presentation: This award will be announced at the National Convention, and presentation may take

place there if recipient is present or at a suitable event at the camp or division level.

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Chapter 2: National Merit Awards

General Information

The following awards are merit awards, given to individuals for outstanding service to the SCV in a

position or assignment of national importance. "Unit” refers to any recognized SCV organizational level

– Department (Army), Division, Brigade, or Camp. Most of these are convention/reunion awards.

Cost of Awards: The cost of all awards in this section will be borne by SCV GHQ, unless otherwise

noted.

Number of Awards: Camps are not limited in number of award nominations per category but should

exercise their discretion.

Selection Process: Any SCV unit may submit nominations. Nominations, with a detailed narrative

outlining the service of the nominee, must be submitted on an “Awards Nominations Form” to the

division commander by May 1st for approval. “Awards Nomination Forms” are available on the SCV

website: www.scv.org. Division Commanders must submit their compiled list of approved nominees by

May 15th.

Approving Authority: Awards in this section must be approved by the Division Commander who will

forward them to SCV Executive Director / the Chief of Staff / Awards Chairman or appropriate

Committee Chairman.

Form of Awards: Medals are awarded in miniature form unless specified in the specific medal’s

description. Large medals are being phase out and replaced with the miniature medals. Some large

medals are available for purchase from HQ.

Designating Repeat Awards: SCV GHQ may award stars in lieu of repeat awards. A 3/16” silver star

will be used for every subsequent award, a 3/16” gold star will be awarded for every 5th repeat award,

centered on the ribbon. When more than two stars are needed, they will be evenly spaced, centered, in

line arranged along the long axis of the ribbon (vertically along the ribbon in a straight line). They will

be evenly spaced as to use the medal’s full ribbon length for all subsequent awards. Stars will not be

removed from the ribbon as to render it unserviceable.

Presentation: These awards will normally be presented at the National Convention Awards Luncheon

by the Awards Committee. The Commander-in-Chief may also direct an alternate time and place of

presentation for special awards.

Distinguished Service Medal

Purpose: This medal is presented to SCV members for outstanding service in a position of

responsibility. This is a convention/reunion medal.

Number of Awards: Camps are not limited in number of award nominations for this

category but should use their discretion

Eligibility: Only members of the SCV may receive this medal. Nominees must have served the SCV in

an outstanding manner for an extended period of time in a position of responsibility. A member may

receive this medal more than once.

Selection Process: Any SCV unit may submit nominations on an ”Awards Nominations Form”, with a

detailed narrative outlining the service of the nominee, to the division commander. “Awards

Nominations Form” are available on the SCV website: www.scv.org.

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) A medal and (2) Certificate.

Repeat Awards: The 3/16” silver star device will be used to designate repeat awards.

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Meritorious Service Medal

Purpose: This medal is presented for outstanding performance of duty to the SCV.

Number of Awards: Camps are not limited in number of award nominations for this

category but should use their discretion..

Eligibility: Only SCV members may receive this medal. Nominees must have served the SCV in an

outstanding manner to receive this award. A member may receive this medal more than once.

Selection Process: Any SCV unit may submit nominations on an “Awards Nominations Form” with a

detailed narrative outlining the service of the nominee to the Division Commander for approval.

“Awards Nomination Forms” are available on the SCV website: www.scv.org.

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) A medal and (2) Certificate.

Repeat Awards: The 3/16” star device will be used to designate repeat awards.

Graves Award

Purpose: This medal is presented to those individuals who have shown significant dedication to our

Southern Heritage, above and beyond that which is expected of an SCV member, by recording for

posterity the graves of our fallen heroes, as stipulated in the Selection Criteria. This is a

convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: No more than one award per Division may be awarded annually.

Eligibility: Any SCV member

Selection Criteria: The candidate must complete at least two of the criteria listed below;

 Though research, identify ten Confederate Veterans buried in their state and not currently listed

within the Graves Registry.

 Place a gravestone on two previously unmarked Confederate Veterans’ graves in your state.

Headstone can be from the Veterans Administration or of a similar type. Gravestones must show

Confederate service.

 Install ten or more iron Southern Crosses of Honor on the graves of Confederate Veterans.

 Compile a book on the Confederate Veterans buried in one of the counties in your state. Books

should include cemetery maps with the Confederate Veteran’s graves locations, pictures of

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headstones, and indexed.

 Transcribe 3 Work Project Administration (WPA) surveys and post them on their respective

USGENWEB county web site, place a copy in the local historical society and the SCV’s National

Confederate Museum, and ensure all previously unknown names added to the state’s database.

 Or complete another significant independent project that brings honor to the Confederate

Veteran.

Selection Process: Nominations for this award can be submitted by any SCV member to their

Division Graves Committee Chairman or the Graves Committee may submit the name of their state’s

most qualified member. Nominations should be submitted to their Division Graves Committee member

no later than April 1. Division Graves Committee members will be responsible for submitting one

name from his Division to the Graves Committee Chairman. Nominations from divisions must be

submitted to the Graves Committee Chairman no later than April 21 of each year. The Graves

Committee Chairman will review and forward all properly documented nominations to the

Commander-in-Chief not later than May 17 for his final approval. Events covered in the nomination

must have occurred within the previous 12 months prior to the nomination (April 1 – March 31).

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) A medal and (2) Certificate

Repeat Awards: The 3/16” star device will be used to designate repeat awards.

Heritage Defense Medal

Purpose: This medal is presented to those members who have shown significant dedication to

protecting our Southern heritage above and beyond that which would be expected of an SCV member.

Awards may be given either for devotion of considerable time or resources in the defense of Southern

heritage or for significant acts of personal courage in advancing our heritage. The guiding principles will

be those expounded in Lt Gen. Stephen D. Lee's charge to the SCV. This is a convention/reunion award.

Number of Awards: Camps are not limited in the number of nomination for this

category but should use their discretion.

Eligibility: Any SCV member.

Selection Process: Any SCV member or Camp may submit nominations for this award.

Nominations for this award must be submitted to the Chairman of the Heritage

Operations Committee by April 21st of each year: www.scv.org Events covered in the

nomination must have occurred within the previous 12 months prior to the nomination (1 May – 30

April). Copies of nominations must be sent to the nominated individual's Camp Commander, Division

Commander, and Army Commander. The Heritage Defense Committee will review all nominations. The

Heritage Defense Committee will maintain appropriate and stringent standards for this award.

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) A medal and (2) Certificate.

Repeat Awards: The 3/16” star device will be used to designate repeat awards.

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SCV Commendation Medal

Purpose: The SCV Commendation Medal is presented to members for meritorious service or

meritorious achievement at all levels of the SCV. This is a convention/reunion award, but can also be

awarded outside the reunion.

Number of Awards: Camps are not limited in the number of nominations for this

category but should use their discretion.

Eligibility: All SCV members or Cadets. A member or cadet can receive this award more than once.

Selection Process: Requesting units must submit nominations on the “Awards Nomination Form”

form to the Division Commander for approval. Nominations should clearly state why the individual is

deserving of the award. The award should only be given for service above and beyond that which would

normally be expected of SCV members. Camp, Brigade and Division officers may be given this award for

exceptional leadership skills in their respective offices.

Form of Award: This award consists of two items: (1) A medal and (2) Certificate

Repeat Awards: The 3/16” silver star device will be used to designate repeat awards.

Presentation: Unless awarded at reunion, the requesting unit would normally present this; however,

the Division Commander may direct an alternate method.

Cost of Award: Cost of award will be borne by requesting unit. Awards given by the Commander-in- Chief at the reunion will be paid for by GHQ.