THE MILITARY DECORATION IS A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL FOR SOLDIERS BENEATH THE RANK OF OFFICER WHO SERVED AT LEAST 10 YEARS IN THE BELGIAN ARMY. THE AWARD IS DEVIDED INTO TWO GRADES, BEEING THE FIRST FOR SERVICE OF 10 YEARS AND THE SECOND FOR SERVICE OF 15 YEARS.
The first military decoration was mentioned in a Royal Degree of 14 October 1841 but it was until the 22th of december 1873 when the final decoration was established and published. The military decoration was for every soldier under the rang of officer, who had at least 10 years of service in the Belgian military and had a good conduct. The decoration has been changed many times from 1902 till 1919 and had a total renovation in 1956. The major change in 1902 was the establishement of two classes. The second class would be awarded after 10 years of service in the military from the age of 16 unworth. The fist class was preserved for non-commissioned officers who were at least 15 years in the Belgian military service. This award could only be awarded five years after the recieving of the second class. On 16 february 1946 the recipients of the decoration were expanded for persons who were intelligence agents. These persons were normally civilians, but during the Second World war there deeds where similar to those of the military and therefore qualified to recieve the decoration.
1st Model (King Leopold II)
2nd Model (King Albert I)
3th Model (King Leopold III)
The military decoration is a four armed cross with a royal crown on top. In the middle of the cross, a medaillion with a Belgian lion and the Belgian moto 'L'union fait la force' is placed on the front. On the reverse stands the words Armée, Mérite and Ancienneté are place around the monarchs monogram.
The medal is placed on a ribbon with the Belgian national collors.
The first class of the medal has a metal chevron placed on the ribbon. The second class just have a plain ribbon.