- To whom awarded: The Medal of Merit may be awarded to SGAUS members or persons, not SGAUS members, who have performed honorable service on behalf of SGAUS or a achievement of merit that has significant impact upon the mission of SGAUS and/or a stage guard/defense force for an act of valor or heroism at the risk of life or personal injury that reflects favorable on SGAUS.
- Recommendations will be forwarded through the President of SGAUS or the state guard /defense force chain commander to the Awards Committee. The recommendations 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 five bronze clusters. A gold star device is worn to represent an award for valor or heroism.
- Approving authority: The approving authority for this award is the SGAUS Executive Committee.
(includes full size medal, mini medal and ribbon)