- To whom awarded. The Civilian Exceptional Service Award may be awarded to non-uniformed SGAUS members or persons, not SGAUS members, who have performed honorable service on behalf of SGAUS, or achievement that has significant impact upon the mission of SGAUS and/or a state guard/defense force and reflects favorably on SGAUS.
- Recommendations will be forwarded through the President of SGAUS or the state guard/defense force commander to the Awards Committee. The recommendation of the Awards Committee will be presented to the approving authority for its decision.
- Succeeding awards. For each succeeding award, an oak leaf cluster will be attached to the award ribbon. A bronze cluster shall represent one additional award and a silver cluster will be worn in place of four bronze clusters.
- Approving authority. The approving authority for this award is the SGAUS Executive Committee.