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Medal for Military Merit
Merite MIlitaire Belge.jpg
Medal for Military Merit (obverse)
Awarded by Flag of Belgium.svg Kingdom of Belgium
Type Medal
Eligibility Personnel of the Belgian Armed Forces
Awarded for Exemplary behaviour or act
Status Active
Established 25 February 2005
Next (higher) Commemorative Medal for Foreign Operations or Missions
Next (lower) Commemorative Medals for Army Marches
Medaille Merite Militaire Belgique Ribbon.jpg
Ribbon bar of the Medal of Military Merit

The Medal for Merit for personnel of the Belgian Defence Forces and Foreign Armed Forces (Dutch language: Medaille van Verdienste ten gunste van de personeelsleden van defensie en van vreemde legers , French language: Médaille du Mérite en faveur des membres du personnel de la défense et d’armées étrangères) is a military decoration of Belgium. It was established on 23 February 2005[1] as a more rewarding successor of an earlier Medal of Military Merit (created in 1988) and is awarded to members of the Belgian Armed Forces and civilians working for the Belgian Defence who show an exemplary meritorious behaviour in the completion of their duties or who have accomplished an exemplary meritorious act. The Medal may also be awarded to foreign military and civilian members of a foreign Armed Force who have provided exceptional support to the Belgian Defence.[1]

The Medal for Military Merit is awarded by Royal Decree.


The original Medal for Military Merit was created in 1988 by Ministerial Decree and awarded internally within the Ministry of Defence. However, it was felt that this limited the visibility and importance of the award, and a new Medal for Military Merit with a slightly different official name was created in its place, that was to be awarded by the King of Belgium. The original Medal for Military Merit is to be considered as equivalent to the new one.[1]


The medal is circular and struck from bronze, the obverse bears the Escutcheon-only version of the Coat of arms of Belgium, the plain reverse usually bears the engraved name of the recipient and date of the award. The medal is suspended to the ribbon by a ring though the suspension loop. The ribbon is light blue with four vertical white stripes. The original Medal for Military Merit had the same design and hung from the same ribbon as the new one, only the statute differs.[1]

Award prerequisites

The Medal for Military Merit is awarded by the King based on a proposal from the Director of Human Resources of the Belgian Armed Forces for award to persons who:

  • are more productive than most of their colleagues;
  • try to achieve perfection in their daily work;
  • have on their own initiative achieved something to the benefit of the Belgian Armed Forces;
  • have not had any previous penal or disciplinary sanctions;
  • behave in an exemplary manner; and
  • take into account human and social issues in their work.

The Medal may also be awarded to military and civilian members of foreign armed force who have provided exceptional support to the Belgian Armed Forces.[1]

One cannot be awarded the Medal for Military Merit if one has already been awarded the Civic Decoration for the same acts.[1]

Award ceremonies are usually held only once a year, the Medal is rare, with barely four to eleven yearly recipients.

Recipients (partial list)

  • Lieutenant Yves Bertholet[2]
  • Sergeant Yoann Severijns[3]
  • Master Corporal J.-P. Doyen[3]
  • Warrant Officer G. Verlent[4]
  • Master Warrant Officer G. Lenders[4]
  • Chief Warrant Officer P. Istas[5]
  • First Sergeant-Major Jozef Van Lancker[5]
  • Corporal D. Tricot[6]
  • Major I. Dupont[6]
  • First Master Corporal Bruno Coenen[7]
  • Warrant Officer Pascal Blanchart[7]
  • Master Corporal Sean Vereecken[8]
  • Major Danny Snelders[8]
  • Chief Warrant Officer Stefaan Mouton[9]
  • Lieutenant Luc Gille[9]
  • Private First Class Timothy De Mars[10]
  • Master Warrant Officer Patrick Vermeulen[10]

Foreign recipients

  • Brigadier General Philippe Léonard[8] (France)
  • Colonel Mark E. Carter[10] (USA)
  • Major Anthony F. Sidoti[10] (USA)

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Royal Decree of King Albert II of Belgium of 23 February 2005" (in French). Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2005-02-23. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. "Ministerial Decree of 18 April 1988". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 1988-12-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Royal Decree 5656 of 22 September 2005". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2005-09-22. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Royal Decree 6052 of 11 May 2006". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2006-05-11. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Royal Decree 6707 of 31 August 2007". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2007-08-31. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Royal Decree 7264 of 15 October 2008". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2008-10-15. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Royal Decree 7558 of 29 April 2009". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2009-04-29. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Royal Decree 8085 of 4 July 2010". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2010-07-04. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Royal Decree 8389 of 26 May 2011". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2011-05-26. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Royal Decree 8966 of 9 May 2012". Belgian Ministry of Defence. 2012-05-09. 

Other sources

  • Quinot H., 1950, Recueil illustré des décorations belges et congolaises, 4e Edition. (Hasselt)
  • Cornet R., 1982, Recueil des dispositions légales et réglementaires régissant les ordres nationaux belges. 2e Ed., (Brussels)
  • Borné A.C., 1985, Distinctions honorifiques de la Belgique, 1830-1985 (Brussels)
  • Belgian military regulation DGHR-REG-DISPSYS-001 of 20 February 2006
  • Belgian military regulation DGHR-SPS-DECOR-001 of 18 January 2006

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