Military Outstanding volunteer service medal (MOVSM)

I received that medal when I was in the Marine Corps, for several years I had worked with the Toys for Tots program and other events with the public. I'll see if I can look up the award citation. I would think that all 4 events or achievements would be cited in the 638.
The MOVSM cannot be awarded for a single event. The award is written up on DA 638 and requires an O5 or above approval. The achievements must be of a sustained and direct nature (over a period of time) be to the civilian and military community, and not in conjunction with normal duties.

AR 600-8-22 para 2-23.

You will not receive a certificate as none exists. It is a service medal so the approved 638 is needed for you to add to your ERB but cannot be filed in your OMPF because it is not a downgraded award. I commend you on giving back to the community.
I was awarded this and I still have my 638 if you would like...I could email you a copy of it on digits or at least the bullets, and how everything was put in.

As Martyaa mentioned there is no certificate for this, but you just need the 638 to add to your ERB.

I'm on AKO, so let me know if you would like that emailed to you
I have three Joes who have been doing great work I wish I put them in for this award. Can someone please help me with the bullets and such? I understand the events listed can't be taskings/details/voluntold items. There is no hour stipulation as well. My Chain of Command has told me I will probaly have to provide contact info of someone who can certify the hours/days spent as well depicting the events but outside of that I'm lost. Please forward any info you have to
How do you go about getting one of these awards? Do you just volunteer your time, at various events up to a certain amount of hours? BTW, I don't want to sound like I'm just saying this to get an extra ribbon on my Class A's. It would be nice to be rewarded for helping a community etc.
Hello all. I'm trying to write a 638 but really suck at writing bullets. If anyone has a sample of one written for this I would greatly appreciate it. I just need to have a general idea of how to write this up. BTW its for one of my soldiers. My email is or
I have sent information via my AKO account to those who provided email addresses. I've been working the MOVSM program in various commands for the past seven years. Most of the MOVSMs I've forwarded for command approval are from volunteers who work within either the Boy or Girl Scouting programs, but you can use the 638 to justify a wider variety of programs.

If anybody needs the DA 638, i can send it, but here is what the bullets look like.

SPC A*** volunteered 88 hours of service to Fort Bliss and the local community. His involvement with the community's youth promoted a positive image of soldiers being viewed as role models. SPC A**** also dedicated 12 hours to the city of El Paso through the Fort Bliss Sergeant Audie Murphy Club such as the annual Trot For Tots. This event collected money for underprivileged children of El Paso.

SPC A**** dedicated 76 hours to the students of ****** Elementary School, participating in pep rallies, judging contests, and landscaping the school's atrium. He also decorated for a halloween haunted house at the school. This shows the El Paso community that Fort Bliss cares about the students and their success, while still being able to have fun. Teachers, parents, and school administrators expressed their gratitude for his work and mentorship.

***Proposed Citation***

For outstanding achievement while selflessly devoting 164 hours of volunteer service to local community schools and organizations. Specialist A*****'s efforts enhanced the army's self image in the local community. His outstanding performance reflects great credit upon him, the steel battalion, 5th bde combat team, 1st armored division, and the united states army.
Could those of you who have been awarded or have samples of the DA 638 for a MOVSM please send all that you have to my NCO said that if i want it i will have to write it but ive never written an award before so anything you can send would be a great help. thanks.
I think ACS has some sort of "time sheet" that they use if you volunteer through them.

Otherwise, I would guess that a memo from the organization would suffice.

I think more soldiers would do this if there was more established guidance on it. I've only been in one unit that had established polices on the awarding of the MOVSM, and that was at AIT at Fort Huachuca.
DA 638's are available quickly through your 'forms' on AKO, it's much easier to access them there than to wait for someone to e-mail it.

Here're the bullets on my DA 638 that were approved:

1.)***** was recognized by the USO *** as the July **** "volunteer of the month". He earned this prestigious title by volunteering an amazing 200 hours within a three month time frame. His story was so remarkable it was featured in the locally published **** magazine this month. ***** has assisted the USO by working as a photographer, serving food at events, assisting on USO tours and general assistance at the *** USO *****. His actions displayed the true meaning of our motto "Selfless-Service"

2.) ***** dedicated many of his non-working weekends to assisting the ****** community's AADD program, volunteering over 30 hours in one week. **** assisted the program in a variety of roles, including answering phones, driving the designated drivers, giving directions, and coordinating requests. His resolve to help others was proven by the fact that he paid for taxi fares to the AADD sites since he does not occupy a privately owned vehicle.

Proposed citation:
For merritorious achievement while volunteering over 230 hours in community service from **** to ****. Your dedication to helping others reflects great credit upon you, ****, the *** department, and the United States Army.

Hope that helps!
I have a question. I was Medevaced out of Iraq and was assigned to a Warrior Transition Batallion. Since being there I volunteer at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center where warriors and families can recieve assistance in finance and education and more. My platoon sergeant wanted to recommend this award to me but after looking into the regulations he does not think I qualify. Can someone clear this up for me and let me know if I qualify. I will provide more information if needed. Thanks!
Originally posted by Thompson25V:
I received a MOVSM award for volunteer work as a firefighter. Those of you who have listed your e-mails, I have sent you a reply as well.

Thompson25V- I am looking into writing up a volunteer firefighter for this award. Would you please post sample bullets that were used for your award? I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Here are the facts for the MOVSM award (I should know, I'm currently stuck working as the awards NCO for a Brigade level command).
Per AR 600-8-22, para 2-16
"To qualify for award of the MOVSM a service member's volunteer service must meet the following requirements: (1) be to the civilian community, to include the military family community. (2) Be significant in nature and produce tangible results. (3) reflect favorably on the Military Service and the Department of Defense. (4) be of a sustained and direct nature." Furthermore, there is no set amount of volunteer hours, or set time period to qualify for the award, but it is not given for individual acts or achievements. It also cannot be awarded more than one time per tour.

While I support previous poster's desire to recommend their Soldiers for this award, I am disappointed to see how many of them "care enough to recommend", but do not care enough to write a genuine award. If it means enough to you to recommend the Soldier, then write it yourself. The bullets are no different than that of an AAM or ARCOM, simply the information imparted is different. Citations should reference what/how the Soldier made the impact, not be some generic catch all that you as a recommender use for each award you write. Take some pride in your job and your Soldiers, and write a unique award that actually HONORS the Soldier's efforts. I've never understood why NCO's seem to love taking a shortcut where awards are concerned. If the Soldier earned the honors, then do them justice and write a good one... not some cookie cutter piece of trash.
Honorbound- This award is different from what most of us are used to writing because it recognizes civilian service, so we simply want to see an example of what was effective. To be quite frank, I already have the award written for the Soldier I am submitting it for. I just want to compare it to an award of a similar nature. I can read a regulation, and I am sure that most individuals on here can also. That isn't the point. The point is to make sure it is written well enough the first time it is submitted to prevent having it sent back from battalion for corrections ten times.
Originally posted by benled:
Does being an Unpaid "Reserve" Volunteer Police Officer and/or Deputy Sheriff qualify for the MOVSM, and if so, where is it stated????

Sgt. L

The hours you volunteered and/or events you responded to would be what you have to look at. Any supporting documents (i.e. a signed volunteer hours sheet by a representative at the police station/sheriff's office, a typed list of duties you performed on a regular basis while volunteering) should be attached/ready for review.

An example bullet might read:
"SGT L's selfless service in volunteering 270 hours over the course of 8 months through the ASGF's patrolling force enhanced the ability of the force to extend into high level petty crime areas and thereby greatly increasing the security of the community at large while helping reduce the crime rate by 20%."
"As a volunteer Deputy Sheriff for the ASGF, SGT L made 45 calls to outlying residences within the county responding to house fires, domestic disputes, wildlife encounters and drunken disputes. Through his call to duty on this volunteer basis and donation of 135 hours of his personal time the ASGF Sheriff's Department was able to respond to all calls made with no injury or accident."

No list exists to include/exclude any amount of organizations or businesses you are allowed to count if you are genuinely volunteering; the ONLY exclusion is non-civilian volunteering meaning you can't volunteer in uniform in your workplace doing your job or serving the military in such a fashion as you are already getting paid for 24/7 work.

Good luck!

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