Established on July 2, 1926, the Army Soldier’s Medal honors members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through heroic acts. Eligible acts do not entail confrontation with hostile forces but typically involve the risking of life or limb on behalf of others. The Soldier’s Medal is the greatest distinction a soldier can earn for exhibiting bravery in circumstances other than combat.
The medal is bronze and octagonal; it features an eagle atop a scroll. The ribbon features thin alternating vertical stripes, seven white and six red, flanked on either side by a thicker blue stripe.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.