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Meritorious Service Decorations

Background

The Meritorious Service Decorations were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1984 to recognize individuals whose specific deeds or activities over a limited period of time (from 5 minutes to 5 years) have:

  • demonstrated an outstanding level of service; or
  • set an exemplary standard of achievement; and
  • brought honour or benefit to Canada

This accomplishment must have taken place after June 11, 1984.

Meritorious Service Cross
Military Division

Post-nominal: M.S.C.

Recognizes: a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces

Description: a silver Greek cross, ends splayed and convex, bearing the Royal Crown:

  • on one side appears a maple leaf within a circle and a laurel wreath between the arms, and
  • on the other side appears the Royal Cipher, EIIR, and within a double circle the inscription MERITORIOUS SERVICE MÉRITOIRE
Meritorious Service Cross - Military Division

Meritorious Service Cross
Civil Division

Post-nominal: M.S.C.

Recognizes: a deed or an activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, or with uncommonly high standards; the activity is often innovative, sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings considerable benefit or honour to Canada

Description: a silver Greek cross, ends splayed and convexed, bearing the Royal Crown:

  • on one side appears a maple leaf within a circle and a laurel wreath between the arms, and
  • on the other side appears the Royal Cipher, EIIR, and within a double circle the inscription MERITORIOUS SERVICE MÉRITOIRE
Meritorious Service Cross - Civil Division

Meritorious Service Medal
Military Division

Post-nominal: M.S.M.

Recognizes: a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces

Description: a circular silver medal bearing the Royal Crown:

  • on one side of which appears the design of the Cross, and
  • on the other side of which appears the Royal Cipher, EIIR, and within a double circle the inscription MERITORIOUS SERVICE MÉRITOIRE
Meritorious Service Medal - Military Division

Meritorious Service Medal
Civil Division

Post-nominal: M.S.M.

Recognizes: a deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada.

Description: a circular silver medal bearing the Royal Crown:

  • on one side of which appears the design of the Cross, and
  • on the other side of which appears the Royal Cipher, EIIR, and within a double circle the inscription MERITORIOUS SERVICE MÉRITOIRE
Meritorious Service Medal - Civil Division

Wearing: As prescribed in the protocol for Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (http://www.gg.ca/honours/pdf/wearing_e.pdf)

Related Information

For more information, please see the Department of National Defence Web site for Canadian Forces Honours and Awards:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/hr/dhr-ddhr/eng/home_e.asp

Updated: 2009-04-30
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