MILPER Message 19-272 issued 03 September 2019

1. This message will expire one year after issue.

2. Per reference A above, all Silver Stars (SS) awarded by an authority other than
the Secretary of the Army (SA) will be reviewed against both Medal of Honor (MOH)
and Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) award criteria within 120 days of the date
approved to ensure the Service member’s gallantry in action does not warrant award
of the MOH or DSC.

3. Commanders who have been delegated authority to award the SS will forward
award packets no later than five calendar days following the approval authority’s
decision to U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC).

4. Award packets must contain at a minimum: Final DA Form 638 with signatures,
narrative page, citation page, permanent orders issued for the approved award,
record brief, witness statements, AR 15-6 results (required for posthumous awards),
sketches, pictures, diagrams, or any other documentation required to clarify the facts
contained in the recommended award.

5. In accordance with reference A, if the Army’s review results in a recommendation
to upgrade the originally awarded valor decoration, then the upgrade recommendation
will be based solely on the merits of the original recommendation (i.e., there is no
requirement to present new and substantive material information or evidence of an
error or impropriety in processing the original award recommendation). In such cases,
the initially approved valor decoration will be considered an interim award.

HRC will revoke the interim award if the recommendation to upgrade the originally
awarded valor decoration is approved.

6. The requirements above are effective upon publication of this message. Since
all DSC awards are currently approved by the SA, the requirements contained in
reference A, paragraph 4.7.a. pertaining to review of DSCs awarded by authorities
other than the SA are not applicable at this time.  

7. These changes will be incorporated into the next revisions of reference B.

8. For clarification or questions regarding the action, contact the Awards and
Decorations Branch, AHRC-PDP-A, 502-613-9126Call: 502-613-9126, 983-9126
(DSN) or by e-mail at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-awards-current-ops@mail.mil.

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