Established on January 9, 1993, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Ribbon honors United States Armed Forces members and reservists who carry out exceptional volunteer community service.
To be eligible, the service must fulfill the criteria listed below:
-Sustained and direct in impact
-Enhance or reflect well on the reputation of the Department of Defense or military
-Make a substantial, measurable impact
-Affect civilian communities
The medal is bronze and features a five-pointed star superimposed over five rings and encircled by a laurel wreath. The reverse features text reading “OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE - UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES” and a sprig of oak. The ribbon is light blue and is bisected by a thin vertical green stripe flanked on either side by a thicker yellow stripe and another thin green stripe; another yellow stripe appears toward each edge.
Additional awards may be indicated by service stars.