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ATSG-DC 22 February 2002MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTIONSUBJECT: U. S. Army Soldier Support Institute (USASSI) Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) – Award Processing Procedures1. PURPOSE:To prescribe policies and establish procedures pertaining to the USASSI Awards Program
2. REFERENCES.a. AR 600-8-22, Military Awards, dated 25 February 1995.b. AR 600-8-105, Military Orders, dated 28 October 1994.c. AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, dated 1 September 1992.d. AR 672-20, Decorations Awards and Honors.e. TRADOC Supplement 1 to AR 600-8-22, dated 6 December 1999.f. USACASCOM & Ft Lee Awards Standard Operating Procedure , dated 2 April 2001.3. EXPLANATION OF TERMS.The following is provided to distinguish the difference between achievement and service awards:a. Meritorious achievement is defined as an act, which is well above the expected performance of duty. The act should be an exceptional accomplishment with a definite beginningand ending date. The length of time is not a primary consideration; however, a quick accomplishment and a quality product of an important task can be a factor in determining thevalue of an act. There is no restriction on the number of "achievement" awards an individual mayreceive during a tour; however, recommending officials must be extremely cautious to quantifyand qualify the act or accomplishment deserving the award.b. Meritorious service is defined as service distinguished by a succession of outstanding actsof achievement over a sustained period of time. Individual performance must exceed thatexpected by virtue of rank and experience, based on accomplishments during an entire tour of duty.
ATSG-DCSUBJECT: U. S. Army Soldier Support Institute (USASSI) Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) – Award Processing Procedures Normally, a soldier can receive only one "service" award per tour; however, if an individualcompletes a tour within USASSI, the individual is eligible for an award for each period of service. Acts or accomplishments already acknowledged in an achievement award will not becited in a subsequent service award.4. RESPONSIBILITIES.a.Training Support Battalion S1 and Directorate of Training Support (DOTS):- Provide Schools/Bn S1s with a 180 day loss roster of personnel on a monthly basis b.School Commandants/Commanders will: (See Appendix A and B)(1) Submit recommendations for awards (DA Form 638) for personnel assigned or attached to their organization in accordance with AR 600-8-22, CASCOM&FL Awards SOP andthe USASSI SOP to ensure soldiers are recognized prior to their departure from the unit or immediately following the act for which an achievement award is generated.(2)Obtain a Commander’s Checklist from the Unit Commander (See Appendix D).(3) Submit each award recommendation (DA Form 638) in a blue pocket folder with theawards routing sheet (See Appendix E) to the Secretary of the General Staff (USASSI CommandGroup) for further processing.c. Command Group (Secretary of the General Staff):(1) Track all incoming awards received and expeditiously process awards, routingenlisted personnel through the USASSI Command Sergeant Major, Deputy Commander and theCommanding General. Submission of awards for officers will be routed through the DeputyCommander and the Commanding General.(2) Maintain orders log IAW AR 600-8-105 for awards approved by the CommandingGeneral, USASSI.5. Submission Timelines
Award recommendations should be submitted within establishedtime frames to ensure timely recognition. A letter of lateness is required, signed by theCommandant, Director or Battalion Commander on any award submitted that will not be presented to a soldier prior to their departure from the unit.a. Awards approved by the Commander, U. S. Army Soldier Support Institute.
ATSG-DCSUBJECT: U. S. Army Soldier Support Institute (USASSI) Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) – Award Processing Procedures (1) Army Achievement Medal. No later than
30 day
prior to the desired presentation dateor ending date whichever is earlier. Impact awards NLT 30 days after the ending date of theachievement.(2 Army Commendation Medal. No later than
30 days
 before rotation or desired date of  presentation, whichever is earlier. b. Awards approved by the Commander, U. S. Army Combined Arms Support Command.(1) Meritorious Service Medal. No later than
65 days
 before rotation or presentationdate, whichever is earlier.(2) Legion of Merit for Retirement. No later than
65 days
before rotation or presentationdate, whichever is earlier. (include ORB and ERB)c. Awards approved by Commander, Training and Doctrine CommandLegion of Merit for Permanent Change of Station. No later than
140 days
before rotationor presentation date, whichever is earlier. (include ORB, ERB and ¾ floppy disk containingnarrative and citation) Provide a letter of recommendation for CG, USASSI and CG,USACASCOM to accompany the award recommendation.d. Awards approved by the Chief of Staff of the ArmyDistinguished Service Medal. No later than 180 days before rotation or presentation date,whichever is earlier. (include ORB, ERB and ¾ floppy disk containing narrative and citation)Provide a letter of recommendation for CG USASSI, CG, USACASCOM and CG, TRADOC toaccompany the award recommendation.e. Award recommendations for U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps personnel.The same timeline for Army personnel applies to personnel of other services.f. Only one decoration will be awarded to an individual for the same act, achievement, or  period. Awards not submitted within the prescribed timelines will require a letter of lateness.6. Civilian Awards (See Appendix A)a. Meritorious Civilian Service Award 

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