Meritorious Service Decoration



The Meritorious Service Decorations (french: Décorations pour service méritoire), available in two forms as the Meritorious Service Cross (Fr.: ''Croix du service méritoire'') and the Meritorious Service Medal (Fr.: ''Médaille du service méritoire''), are Canadian decorations awarded to those who have demonstrated an outstanding level of service or set an exemplary standard of achievement to benefit or honour
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. The decoration, awarded to both Canadians and non-Canadians and available in both military and civilian divisions, is awarded by the reigning ) and presented on behalf by the
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. The military version of the Meritorious Service Cross was created in 1984. In 1991, the Meritorious Service Medal was added to the military division, and the civilian division was created for both the cross and medal. The military division recognizes individuals for bringing honour to the
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(CF). The civilian division recognizes contributions that bring benefit or honour to Canada in any field or improve the quality of life of a community, from athletics to diplomatic relations to humanitarian activities, setting an example for others to follow. Meritorious Service Decorations recognize the performance of a military deed or military activity in an outstandingly professional manner of such a rare, high standard that it brings considerable benefit to or reflects great credit on the CF.Canadian Forces Administrative Order 18-4 Recommendations for Canadian Orders, Decorations and Military Honours


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