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Awards of the Imperium in order of precedence Honorifica Imperialis The Honorifica Imperialis is awarded by an Inquisitor Lord, War Master, or High Lord of Terra, in the name of the Emperor, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the Imperium; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. Distinguished Service Cross The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Imperium, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Honorifica Imperialis ; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Emperor; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades. Silver Star The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Imperium, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the Emperor while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing Xeno/heretic/traitor force, or while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for award of the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction. Soldiers who received a citation for gallantry in action during such conflicts may apply to have the citation converted to the Silver Star Medal The Ordo Mallus Unit Citation . The Ordo Mallus Unit Citation is awarded in the name of the Ordo Mallus to units of the Imperium and cobelligerent for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy Demonic or chaotic force. The unit must have accomplished its mission under such extremely difficult and hazardous conditions to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would be required for award of a Acolytes Medal to an individual. The Ordo Xenos Unit Citation The Ordo Xenos Unit Citation is awarded in the name of the Ordo Xenos to units of the Imperium and cobelligerent for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy Xeno force. The unit must have accomplished its mission under such extremely difficult and hazardous conditions to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would be required for award of a Acolytes Medal to an individual. Legion of Merit Criteria: The Legion of Merit is awarded to all members of the Imperium Armed Forces without reference to degree for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The performance must have been such as to merit recognition of key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner. Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch, specialty or assignment, and experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. For service not related to actual war the term "key individual" applies to a narrower range of positions than in time of war and requires evidence of significant achievement. In peacetime, service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an extremely difficult duty performed in an unprecedented and clearly exceptional manner. However, justification of the award may accrue by virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions. Acolytes Medal Criteria: Acolytes Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Inquisition, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Imperium; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star. c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction Imperium Xeno Expeditionary Medal Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to Imperium service members who have actually landed on foreign planet and engaged in operations against armed Xeno opposition, or operated under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition and for which no service or campaign medal was awarded. Only personnel who actually participated in the given operation, are eligible for the Imperium Expeditionary ribbon. This includes personnel attached to a squadron or unit embarked in a ship during the eligible period for that ship. Members of rear echelons, transients, observers and personnel assigned for short periods of Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) or Training Duty (TD) are not normally eligible for the award. However, consideration will be given in those instances when the local commander certifies a particular and significant contribution by an individual. Such certification should be submitted to the CNO via the fleet commander who exercised operational control in the area involved. CMC maintains a list of eligible ships/units. Purity Seal Ribbon Awarded to members of the Imperium whom received their first purity seal as a reward for service in the face heresy/chaos/alien. More than one purity seal does not promote more than one ribbon. The Imperial Good Conduct Ribbon Criteria for receipt are outstanding proficiency, leadership, and conduct during 3 continuous years of active enlisted Imeriun Service. This is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted/inducted personnel of the Imperium and Imperial Guard Reserve for periods of three year's above-average continuous service. Recipients must have been recommended by their CO for proficiency in rating, sobriety, obedience, industry, courage and neatness throughout this period of service. Inquisitorial Commendation 3. Criteria for award: a. The Inquisitorial Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Inquisition other than Inquisitors who, while serving in any capacity with the Inquisition, distinguished himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. b. Awards may be made for acts of valor performed under circumstances described above which are of lesser degree than required for award of the Bronze Star Medal. These acts may involve aerial flight. An award may be made for acts of noncombatant-related heroism which do not meet the requirements for an award of the Acolytes Medal. Imperial Commendation Awarded to members of the Imperium and to other members of the Imperial Armed Forces serving in any capacity with the Imperial Guard, who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service above that normally expected and worthy of special recognition. The Terra Defense Service Ribbon The Terra Defense Service Ribbon is awarded to personnel for service in the defense of an Imperium world that has come under attack from a foreign or xeno threat. Inquisitorial Inducted Forces Authorized Inducted ribbon has been approved for Imperial Guard personnel who serve under Inquisition Command or operational control in direct support of Inquisition operations. Team Commendation Awarded by the Commander and subordinate awarding authorities to groups or teams which do not constitute a military unit. To justify this award, individual members of these groups must have performed service, which made a significant contribution to the group’s overall outstanding accomplishment of a study, process, mission, etc. The service performed as a group or team must be of a character comparable to that which would merit the award Imperial Commendation or higher to an individual. To receive this award, eligible personnel must have served on a team or group for the entire meritorious period and made a significant contribution to the overall accomplishment. Ribbons awarded for specific campaigns would be placed after the Imperial Guard Services ribbon but before the Team Commendation Ribbon. The Black Templars Excommunication Campaign a. Authorized to be awarded to soldiers who deploy to Fleet Congniack in direct support of The Black Templars Excommunication Campaign. The area of eligibility encompasses all naval vessels, land forces and direct support staff. b. To be eligible for the award, a soldier must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in BTE for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days in a ship or meet one of the following criteria: 1) Be engaged in actual combat against the Black Templars and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless, of time or location in the fleet. 2) While participating in BTE or on official duties, regardless of time, is killed or wounded/injured requiring medical evacuation from battle. 3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crew member flying sorties into, out of, within, in direct support of BTE; each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with the criteria shall count as one day towards the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement. c. The medal may be awarded posthumously to any soldier who lost his/her life while, or as a direct result of, participating in qualifying operations, without regard to length of such service, if otherwise eligible. Imperial Guard Services Medal The medal will be awarded to personnel assigned to operations in an area designated by an Imperial General for award of the medal. Combat Action Ribbon The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Imperium (when operating under the control of the Imperial Guard) who have actively participated in ground or surface combat, principal criterion is that the recipient must have participated in a bona fide ground or surface combat firefight or in an action during which he was under enemy fire from a force exceeding company (100)size and his performance while under fire was satisfactory. Humanitarian Service Medal The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded to members of the Imperium who distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in any significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature approved by the Ministorium. The medal is not awarded for participation in domestic disturbances involving law enforcement, equal rights to citizens, or protection of properties. b. Service members must be on active duty at the time for direct participation. It also includes service as a cadet at the Arbite Academy. Members of the Imperial Guard are eligible provided, that use of active forces has been authorized in the act or operation. c. Service members must have directly participated in the humanitarian act or operation within the designated geographical area of operation and within specified time limits. Specifically excluded from eligibility for this medal are personnel or elements remaining at geographically separated military headquarters. Imperial Marksmanship Award awarded to those that can score above 145 on the standard IG course Medals in order of precedence http://www.starbase10.com/gilead/medals.htm Order of Macharius Awarded to Imperial Guard officers for tactical brilliance and unusual initiative, It cannot be won by mere valor. It recognizes the highest levels of military leadership ability. Mere valor cannot win the Order of Macharius, it can only be won by spectacular success won by dint of strategic excellence in the face of an armed enemy. Honorifica Imperialis The second highest award given to members of the Imperial military, the Honorifica Imperialis denotes an individual who has distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty and who represents the finest ideals humanity can aspire to. Merit of the High Lords To be awarded a Merit of the High Lords is a rare honor indeed, bestowed upon the greatest of commanders – those whose valor is such that his name has been mentioned in the Chamber of the High Lords. It is nicknamed the ‘double-edged sword’, as it inevitably means the individual who receives it will be under particular scrutiny from his superiors from that point onwards. He can expect to be assigned to the most horrific battlefronts by jealous superiors in order to pass on his wisdom and courage first hand. The Steel Aquila A golden half-circle bearing a simple steel Imperial Eagle is one of the most prestigious medals awarded to combat personnel. Often referred to as the ‘lunatic’s eagle’, the Steel Aquila is awarded to soldiers who, in the face of great personal danger, have triumphed over the enemy and returned in a The Iron Aquila A simple iron Imperial Eagle is one of the most prized medals awarded to combat personnel. Often referred to as the "boring hero's award," the Iron Aquila is awarded to warriors who, in the face of the enemy, have triumphed and returned in a condition fit for further active duty by acts of valor that do not Honorifica Mundanus The highest award given to support personnel (such as tech adepts or members of the Collegia Psykologica), the Honorifica Mundanus denotes an individual who has distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty and who represents the finest ideals humanity can aspire to. condition fit for further active duty. This award is never issued without good cause, and only the most spectacularly violent and impressive feats of personal valor will earn it. warrant the Iron Aquila. This award is never issued without good cause, and only the impressive feats of personal valor will earn it. Administratum Medal The Imperial Administratum awards this medal to units and soldiers who have fought bravely in the defense of personnel and property belonging to this esteemed and highly necessary, but vulnerable organization. Awards for Achievement The Imperial Laureate An award born of the Age of Apostasy, this Laureate indicates a warrior who has effectively "won his laurels." Acts of valor leading to great victory are recognized with the Imperial Laureate. Only warriors who have won a laurel may bear the unit/regiment colors. Knight's Cross (Knight of Medusa shown) A medal and honorific title awarded to officers of the rank of Colonel and above who led their regiments in 30 or more consecutive days of active combat. Colonels are awarded the Knight's Cross, Brigadiers are awarded the Knight The Merit of Terra The Merit of Terra is awarded to soldiers who have voluntarily postponed their own demobilization. A bittersweet award, the Merit of Terra signifies that the bearer will be required to serve much longer than expected. However, it is a The Valoris Imperator Taking the form of a soaring two-headed eagle, the Valoris Imperator is awarded only to soldiers who have served for 20 years or more. It is technically awarded in recognition of long service, but in fact it is only awarded posthumously to veterans Companion's Cross, Major Generals are awarded the Knight Commander's Cross, Lieutenant Generals are awarded the Knight Grand Commander's Cross, Generals are awarded the Knight Master's Cross, Field Marshals or Warmasters are awarded the Knight Grand Master's Cross. Each award carries an equivalent knighthood. well-known sign of steadfast who have died in particularly loyalty toward the Golden unpleasant circumstances. Throne. All Imperial military personnel respect those bearing the Merit, and it is reported that even the Adeptus Astartes acknowledge the diligence and self-sacrifice that the award represents. The Medallion Crimson Those men who survive grievous, life-threatening injury without losing faith or honor and return to their units are often awarded the Medallion Crimson. Bearers of the Medallion Crimson are rightly feared as mighty warriors. The Order of the Storm A campaign badge awarded to soldiers who have been wounded in battle and have returned to their units. The Order of the Storm depicts a pair of crossed lightning bolts over an Imperial Eagle. The Ribbon Intrinsic Taking the form of an etched brass strip with a tripartite ribbon hanging beneath, the Ribbon Intrinsic is awarded to units rather than individuals. It is given only to squads that have proven to be the linchpin for a victorious battlefront, where it the line fast and turned a defeat into a victory by determination alone. The Golden Skull This medal is awarded posthumously to those who fall in actions in which their units have suffered at least 66% casualties. It is considered in every way superior to the Triple Skull, The Order of the Eagle's Claw This medal is awarded to the Awarded to soldiers who survivors of actions in which have made landfall in the their units have suffered at most perilous of landing least 66% casualties. It is zones and triumphed. Only considered in every way those who have proven inferior to the Golden Skull, victorious against The Triple Skull which is issued to those who which is issued survive such engagements posthumously to those who fall in such engagements, although doubtless the recipients view it a little more favorably. overwhelming odds in a fashion that has been witnessed by their superiors or Imperial Navy observers can earn this award. Bearers of the Order of the Eagle’s Claw will receive increased respect from Imperial Navy personnel, regardless of the soldier’s service arm. It is rare for soldiers outside of Drop Troop regiments to receive this award, but it has occasionally been issued to Imperial units that have participated in mass orbital deployments (under fire). Campaign Awards Medusa Star The Medusa Star was the Imperial Guard’s general service medal, which denoted active military service during the Medusa V campaign. It was awarded to all ranks, though officers received a gold version. This is the most basic award a Guardsman could be awarded in this campaign and has little intrinsic value except to those soldiers newly transferred to the regiment. Armageddon Cross The Armageddon Cross was the Imperial Guard’s general service medal, which denoted active military service during the 3rd Armageddon campaign. It was awarded to all ranks, though officers received a gold version. This is the most basic award a Guardsman could be awarded in this campaign and has little intrinsic value except to those soldiers newly transferred to the regiment.
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