Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation



The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Commendation is awarded by the Chief of the Defence Staff to recognize deeds or activities beyond the demand of normal duty.

Eligibility and Criteria

The CDS Commendation may be awarded to:

In all other circumstances the appropriate award for other civilians, such as the recognition of long-term distinguished service or support to the CAF, is the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.


The insignia for the CDS Commendation is a gold bar bearing three gold maple leaves.



Not Applicable


The insignia is worn on the uniform in accordance with A-AD-265-000/AG-001, CF Dress Instructions.


Not Applicable

Historical Notes

The Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation was approved by General J. A.  Dextraze, CC, CMM, CBE, DSO, CD, then Chief of the Defence Staff, in 1974.

The CDS Commendation is accompanied by a framed, gold-embossed scroll, inscribed with the member's name and an appropriate citation, and signed by the CDS.

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