Recommendation Process

Receiving the Medal of Honor is the highest honor bestowed by the American Military and personally presented by the President of the United States. Because of the need for accuracy the recommendation process can take in excess of 18 months with intense scrutiny every step of the way. The following charts demonstrate this process.

Medal of Honor Processing Timeline   Second Part of Medal of Honor Processing Timeline

The following organizations and individuals play key roles in the Army Medal of Honor recommendation process:

Chain of Command

Submits award reccomendation that meets the two year submission time limit to Department of the Army Personnel Command

Member of Congress

Submits award recommendation that is outside the two year limit for submission to Department of the Army Personnel Command or the Secretary of the Army who forwards request to Personnel Command.

Department of the Army Personnel Command

Army Decoration Board - Merit Review, can disprove based on criteria (Cdr, HRC can overrule)

Senior Army Decorations Board - Recommends approval, disapproval, or downgrade.

ManpowerANPOWER and Reserve Affairs

Concurs or nonconcurs with Board recommendation

Chief of Staff of the Army

Concurs or nonconcurs with Board recommendation

Secretary of the Army

Recommends approval or can disapprove. Also forwards packet to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for comment.

Secretary of Defense

Recommends approval or can disapprove.

President

Approves or disapproves.

Benefits

Recipients of the Medal of Honor are afforded the following benefits for their extraordinary heroism: