Medal of Distinguished Service

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Medal of Distinguished Service
עיטור המופת
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Medal of Distinguished Service
Awarded by Israel Defense Forces
Type Military decoration
Eligibility Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces
Awarded for Distinguished Service to Israel
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 1970
Precedence
Next (higher) Medal of Courage
Next (lower) President's Award for Excellence decoration
Medal of Distinguished Service.svg
Ribbon bar of the medal

The Medal of Distinguished Service (Hebrew: :‎עיטור המופת) is an Israeli military decoration. The Medal of Distinguished Service is the third most important medal given by the IDF Chief of General Staff following an act that is done with courage and worthy of exemplary service.

Overview[edit]

The medal was instituted in 1970 by act of law in the Knesset and could also be awarded also for actions performed before 1970. This medal is actually the only one of the three awarded for excellence even outside the battlefield. It consists of a blue ribbon bearing a metal circle with a sword in its center alongside wheat, two symbols that are common in the fighting organizations of Jewish communities before the country was founded in 1948. They represent the work of the pioneers and their defense of the homeland.

To date, 601 medals have been awarded, the last in 2015. Five recipients have been awarded the medal twice. One unit, the reconnaissance battalion of the Givati Brigade was awarded the medal in 2005.[1]

Design[edit]

The medal was designed by Dan Reisinger; its shape is circular.

On the front of the medal is a sword with an olive branch, symbolizing controlled strength. The reverse is plain.

The medal is attached to a blue ribbon, with two-time recipients of the medal wearing a small clasp in the form of the medal on its ribbon.

The medal is minted by the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation, it is made from 25 gram silver/935 and the clasp is chrome plated metal.

Notable recipients[edit]

References[edit]

  • John D. Clarke, Gallantry Medals & Awards of the World, pp. 109-110

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Givati". Israel Defense Forces blog. Retrieved 28 July 2015. In January 2005, the Chief of Staff honored Givati’s reconnaissance battalion with a Medal of Distinguished Service for its work in Gaza.