Valorous Unit Award
2nd highest unit award
The VUA requires a lesser degree of gallantry, determination and esprit de corps than that required for the Admiralty Unit Citation (AUC). The unit must have performed with marked distinction under difficult and hazardous conditions in accomplishing its mission so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same conflict. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Silver Star to an individual.
The VUA will normally be earned by units that have participated in single or successive actions covering relatively brief time spans. Only on rare occasions will a unit larger than a group qualify for the VUA. Extended periods of combat duty or participation in a large number of operational missions, either air or ground, is not sufficient.