A unit citation is a formal, honorary mention by high authority of a military unit's specific and outstanding performance, notably in battle. Similar mentions can also be made for individual soldiers. Alternatively or concurrently, the unit can be awarded an honorary title, a mention on the flag or a decoration. In France, since 1916, the ''fourragère'' (an ornamental colored cord) is worn on the uniform by the members of a unit which had received several citations. This tradition has since spread to other countries.

Unit citations by country


*Unit Citation for Gallantry *Meritorious Unit Citation 106px *Group Bravery Citation - Civilian award


*Croix de guerre WWII version (also an individual award)


*Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation (combat zone) *Canadian Forces' Unit Commendation (non-combat zone)


*Légion d'honneur (also an individual award) *Ordre de la Libération (also an individual award) *Médaille militaire (also an individual award)


*Luxembourg War Cross (also an individual award)


*Military William Order (also an individual award)

South Korea

*Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

South Vietnam

*Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation *Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (also an individual award) *Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation (also an individual award)


*Philippine Presidential Unit Citation *Barangay Presidential Unit Citation Badge *various single incident commemorative unit citations/badges.


*War Cross (also an individual award)

United States

Military (In order of precedence) Other's (Alphabetical): * Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation (United States Coast Guard) * Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Citation (United States Merchant Marine) * National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation (United States Intelligence Community) * NGA Meritorious Unit Award (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), and its predecessor the NIMA Meritorious Unit Award (National Imagery and Mapping Agency) * NOAA Unit Citation Award (NOAA Corps) * Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: ** 3 levels-PHS Presidential Unit Citation, PHS Outstanding Unit Citation, PHS Unit Commendation. ** Also the PHS Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award * Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award (Department of Transportation, also a pre-2003 award of the United States Coast Guard) * Unit Award for Excellence of Service (United States Department of the Interior) further, there are various unit awards of the National Guard and state defense forces

Sources and references

*''Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustré'', 1951 (in French) Category:Military awards and decorations {{mil-stub