Awards are important symbols of public recognition for rewarding extraordinary
heroism, exceptionally meritorious service, or outstanding achievement
and other acts or services which are above and beyond that normally
expected and which distinguish an individual or unit among those performing
similar acts or services.
Awards are intended to recognize exceptional performance and valor.
The value of an award is that it is given in cases only where it is
Awards recognizing specific acts should be bestowed
as soon as possible after achievement. Due consideration must be given
to security requirements, the time required to properly investigate
the event, validation of facts, and processing. Only recommendations
involving the most sensitive operations should be forwarded as classified
documents. Classified awards slow the process considerably and, in
most cases, valid documentation can be drafted without classification.
A classified award contains an unclassified citation and follows the
same procedures as an unclassified award with the exception of handling
are intended to recognize exceptional performance and valor.
Although the Marine Corps Promotion System does
not give points for personal military awards. The performance associated
with the awards will have a direct affect on your evaluations and/or
selection board decisions.
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