Military Medal (MM)

Military Medal.  A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter.

Military Medal (MM)



The medal was instituted on 25 March 1916.

Eligibility and Criteria

The medal is awarded to Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and non-commissioned members for individual or associated acts of bravery on the recommendation of a Commander-in-Chief in the field.


A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter. For mounting, an ornate scroll suspender is attached to the medal with a single-toe claw.

Medal obverse:

King George V: A bareheaded effigy, in Field Marshal's uniform, facing left, and the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:

King George VI: A crowned effigy, facing left, and one of two legends:

  1. GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP: (for Second World War)
  2. GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: (for the Korean War)

Queen Elizabeth II: A crowned effigy, facing right, and the legend: ELIZABETH II D: G: BR: OMN: REGINA R: D: (for the Korea War)

The reverse shows FOR/BRAVERY/IN THE/FIELD in four lines, encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown.

A dark blue ribbon, 1.25 inches wide, with five equal centre stripes of white, red, white, red, and white.


The silver, laurelled bar is awarded for a subsequent act or acts of bravery and devotion under fire.

Historical Notes

  • The regimental or equivalent number, rank, initials, surname and unit of the recipient appear in plain block capitals around the edge of the medal.
  • Canadians have received 13, 654 medals, including 848 first bars and 38 second bars.
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