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   NATO Meritorious Service Medal
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Authorized: Secretary of Defense
Issuing Country: ( NATO ) - NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
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Description:

Eligible personnel are individuals serving permanently or temporarily within NATO's operational chain of command or in those forces under NATO command or control, or in a NATO Body, who are commended personally by a Commander or a Head of a NATO Body for:

  • Performing acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances; or
  • Showing exceptional leadership or personal example; or
  • Making an outstanding individual contribution in any activity or program; or Enduring particular hardship or deprivation in the interest of NATO


Background:

The NATO Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) was approved by the North Atlantic Council, and is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing exceptional or remarkable service to NATO. The Secretary of Defense has approved the acceptance and wear of the NATO MSM for US Military and US Civilian personnel. Eligibility: Description: The ribbon and medal fabric is NATO Blue with white edges, with silver and gold threads centered on the white. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE ACO DIRECTIVE NUMBER 40-8 DATED 15 MAY 2007 MERITORIOUS MEDAL SERVICE Authorization. a. The North Atlantic Council has approved the award of the NATO Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in accordance with MC 47511. Instructions for the award of the MSM are provided by SHAPE J1 in two annual Administrative nominations the Orders: Spring for operational only, covering period from 1 Sep to 28 Feb; and Autumn for operational nominations, covering the period 1 Mar to 31 Aug and non-operational nominations, covering the period 01 Sep to 31 Aug. b. The MSM is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing exceptional or remarkable service to NATO. Eligibility Criteria. a. Military and Civilian personnel, provided that they have not been convicted of serious misconduct or crimes during the period of assignment under NATO command and control, are eligible for the MSM. b. Eligible personnel are individuals serving permanently or temporarily within NATO's operational chain of command or in those forces under NATO commandor control or in a NATO Body, who are commended personally by a Commander or a Head of a NATO Body for one of the following:    (1) Performing acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances.    (2) Showing exceptional leadership or personal example.    (3) Making an outstanding individual contribution in any activity or programme.    (4) Enduring particular hardship or deprivation in the interest of NATO. c. A period of qualifying service is not required. There is no limit to the number of times an individual may be recommended for the NATO MSM. d. Where individuals, by the nature of their duties or location qualify for an operational award, such individuals may also be considered for the award of the MSM in accordance with the criteria detailed above. e. Award of the Medal to personnel killed or presumed killed or repatriated, consequent to wounding or serious injury while on assignment may be considered.