Pyramid of Honor
From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
In the U.S. military, the pyramid of honor designates the relative status of military awards.
Italics indicate awards that are for bravery not against an enemy.
|Army||Navy and Marines||Air Force|
|Medal of Honor|
|Distinguished Service Cross||Navy Cross||Air Force Cross|
|Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V|
|Soldier's Medal||Navy and Marine Corps Medal||Airman's Medal|
|Bronze Star with Combat V|
|Air Medal with Combat V ||Air Medal with Combat V||Air Medal with Combat V|
|Army||Navy and Marines||Air Force||Joint|
|Distinguished Service Medal||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit|
|Army Commendation Medal||Navy Commendation Medal||Air Force Commendation Medal||Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Achievement Medal||Navy Achievement Medal||Air Force Achievement Medal||Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Close Combat Badge||Combat Action Ribbon|
- There is a different V for individual acts, and for numbers of combat missions (i.e., "strike/flight")
- While this exists in only 1 grade for U.S. personnel, there are multiple grades used in ceremonial presentations to foreign officials.