Department of Defense
February 19, 2002
Certified Current as of November 21, 2003
Incorporating Change 1, December 6, 2002
SUBJECT: Gifts and Decorations from Foreign Governments
References: (a) DoD Directive 1005.13, "Gifts from Foreign Governments," July 20,
1996 (hereby canceled)
(b) Section 7342 of title 5, United States Code
(c) DoD Instruction 1348.33, "Military Awards Program," August 26, 1985
(d) DoD 1348.33-M, "instruction booklet of Military Decorations and
Awards," September 1996
(e) through (j), see enclosure 1
1. REISSUANCE AND PURPOSE
This Directive reissues reference (a) to implement reference (b) and update DoD policy
and responsibilities governing the acceptance and retention of gifts and decorations from
This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military
Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commands, the
Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the
DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the Department of
Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as "the DoD Components").
Terms used in this Directive are defined in enclosure 2.
DODD 1005.13, February 19, 2002
4.1. No DoD employee may request, or otherwise encourage, the offer of a gift
from a foreign government.
4.2. Table favors, mementos, remembrances, or other tokens bestowed at official
functions, and other gifts of minimal value received as souvenirs or marks of courtesy
from a foreign government (e.g., plaques or paper certificates) may be accepted and
retained by the recipient.
4.3. Decorations from a foreign government awarded for outstanding or unusually
meritorious performance may be accepted and retained by the recipient only when
approved in advance by the Component Head, or, for members of the Armed Forces,
when consistent with the provisions o