The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve components who, subsequent to April 1, 1975, distinguish themselves as individuals or as members of United States military units or ships by meritorious, direct, non-routine participation in specified significant military acts or operations of a humanitarian nature. The Humanitarian Service Medal may not be awarded for services rendered in domestic disturbances involving law enforcement, equal rights demonstrations, or protection of property. The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded for the following types of military acts or operations:
-- Significant assistance in national; or international disasters (natural or man-made, such as (but not limited to) earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, or conflagrations;
-- Relief to a starvation area;
-- Evacuation of personnel from an area threatened by a hostile force;
-- Support or resettlement of refugees or evacuees;
-- Other significant military activities, directly related to humanitarian service as designated in Military Service regulations; or,
-- Acts or operations of a similar nature, as determined by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.