The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person serving with the Army for extraordinary heroism, which does not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor
. The act justifying award of the medal must be performed while fighting an enemy of the United States, or while involved in conflict with an opposing/foreign force. It can also be awarded for extraordinary heroism while serving with friendly forces engaged in combat against an opposing military in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.