According to the Intelligence Community Directive No. 655, the medal that recognizes a single exceptional contribution to the IC and the United States by an individual or group of individuals. The medal is considered junior to the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and is on the same order but different criteria from the National Intelligence Career Achievement Medal and the National Intelligence Reform Medal.
Due to the large number of U.S. military personnel who perform duties under the authority of the National Intelligence Agency, the National Intelligence Achievement Medal is an authorized decoration for display on U.S. military uniforms. In such cases, the National Intelligence Achievement Medal is worn after all U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before any military campaign/service awards and foreign decorations.