This lapel pin is a miniature version of what is known officially as the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The award was established to recognize the often crucial contributions made by civilians working directly to support military members taking part in operations to combat terrorism.

To be eligible for the award, candidates must qualify as a civilian employee of the Federal government as spelled out in Title 5 Section 2105 of the U.S. code and have participated in an operation that directly supported a U.S. military GWOT operation on or after 11 September 2001. The operation must take place in a location that has been approved for award of the Military GWOT Expeditionary Medal (operations for which a similar military campaign medal has been approved also qualify).

Employees must have been involved in direct support for at least 30 consecutive days in an eligible area during a military operation (although the award may be given for support of operations that lasted less than 30 days), or for 60 non-consecutive provided the support they rendered involved entering the area of eligibility. It is awarded automatically if the employee was killed or medically evacuated from an area of eligibility while rendering direct support, but this does not apply to service within the United States.

The GWOT Civilian Service Medal can be awarded only once to an individual, and no one may received both it and the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal for direct support during the same operation.

Contractors are not eligible to receive this medal.

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