The Presidential Unit Citation was originally established as the Distinguished Unit Citation by Executive Order 9075, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 26, 1942 (as amended by Executive Order 10694 signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 10, 1957). Its official designation was changed to the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) on November 3, 1966.
The Presidential Unit Citation has been in effect since December 7, 1941.
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or after December 7, 1941. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant the award of a Distinguished Service Cross to an individual.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Presidential Unit Citation is worn on the right side of the uniform before all other unit citations.
Additional awards of the Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by oak leaf clusters.