The Silver Star is awarded to a person while serving in any position with the U.S. Army that has been noted for gallantry in action. The act justifying the award of the medal must have been performed while involved in military operations concerning conflict with an opposing foreign force against an enemy of the United States. It can also be awarded for gallantry in action while serving with friendly forces engaged in combat against an opposing military in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Though of a less significant extent than is mandatory for the award of the Distinguished Service Cross
, the act justifying the Silver Star must have been carried out with evident distinction. Soldiers earning the citation for gallantry in action, awarded to soldiers during World War I, may apply to have it converted to the Silver Star Medal.