The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in
any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6
December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious
achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight,
while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while
engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing
foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged
in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the
United States is not a belligerent party.
Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances
described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award
of the Silver Star.
Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious
service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than
that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have
been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.