Operational Service Medal (Canada)

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Operational Service Medal
Operational Service Medal Haiti.jpg
Operational Service Medal awarded for service in Haiti
Awarded by the
Canadian Coat of Arms Shield.svg
Queen of Canada
Type Medal
Awarded for Members of the Canadian Forces, an allied force, or Canadian police officers who have taken part in important missions overseas.
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 5 July 2010
First awarded 6 December 2010[1]
Precedence
Next (higher) General Service Medal
Next (lower) Special Service Medal
Operational Service Medal for service in humanitarian missions

The Operational Service Medal (French: Médaille du service opérationnel) is a campaign medal created in 2010 by the Canadian monarch-in-Council to recognize members of the Canadian Forces, allied forces, Canadian police officers, or Canadian civilians working for the Canadian Forces who had directly participated in any military campaign under Canadian or allied command.[2] It is, within the Canadian system of honours, the lowest of the war and operational service medals.

Design[edit]

The Operational Service Medal is in the form of a 36 millimetres (1.4 in) diameter cupro-nickel disc with, on the obverse, the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA and CANADA (Latin abbreviation for: Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God Queen of Canada) separated by small maple leaves and surrounding an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a Canadian diadem of maple leaves and snowflakes, symbolizing her roles as both fount of honour and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces.[3] On the reverse is a representation of the globe resting above two crossed branches of laurel and oak leaves and surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown that is flanked on both sides by three maple leaves on a single stem.[2]

This medallion is worn at the left chest, suspended on a 31.8mm wide ribbon with thin, vertical stripes in Canada's official colours of red and white flanking a central band; the colour of the middle band reflects the specific theatre or task for which the medal is being awarded: sand for South-West Asia, light green for Sierra Leone, royal blue for Haiti, dark green for Sudan, white for Humanitas and light grey for Expedition.[2]

Eligibility and presentation[edit]

On 5 July 2010, Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of her Cabinet under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, created the Operational Service Medal to recognize members of the Canadian Forces, allied foreign forces, Canadian police officers, or Canadian civilians working for the Canadian Forces who had served full-time in the theatre of war or peacekeeping, or participated in the support of such missions.[2] The medal was first presented on 6 December 2010.[1]

Ribbon Campaign
OSM SWA.jpg Awarded for service in South-West Asia
OSM-SL.jpg Awarded for service in Sierra Leone
OSM-H.jpg Awarded for service in Haiti
OSM-S.jpg Awarded for service in Sudan
OSM HUM.jpg Awarded for service in humanitas missions
OSM-EX.jpg Awarded for service in expedition missions

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Office of the Governor General of Canada (2 December 2010). "Governor General to Preside Over the Inaugural Presentation of the Operational Service Medal". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Office of the Governor General of Canada (8 September 2010). "Creation of the Operational Service Medal". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Department of National Defence. "DH&R Home > Canadian Honours Chart > Sacrifice Medal (SM)". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 2 September 2009.