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Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit
Försvarsmaktens förtjänstmedalj i silver med svärd
In silver with sword.
Awarded by Sweden
Country Sweden
Type Military medal (Decoration)
Eligibility Swedish and foreign personnel
Awarded for Actions during combat or during war-like situations
Status Currently awarded
Motto "FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICES"
Statistics
Established 8 February 2008
Posthumous
awards
3
FMGM
FMSMmsv
FMGMmsv
Ribbons

Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit (Swedish language:Försvarsmaktens förtjänstmedalj, FMGM ) is a Swedish is a reward medal instituted by the Swedish Armed Forces and is awarded to for action during combat or during war-like situations.[1] The decision to award the medal is taken by the Supreme Commander and can be awarded to both Swedish and foreign personnel.

HistoryEdit

The medal was created through a merger between the Swedish Armed Forces Reward Medal for International Services [in silver or gold with blue ribbon coated with a sword in silver] (Försvarsmaktens belöningsmedalj för internationella insatser [i silver eller guld med blått band belagt med svärd i silver]) and the Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit ("for commendable efforts") [in silver or gold with yellow ribbon (in some cases coated with a sword in each denomination)] (Försvarsmaktens förtjänstmedalj (”för berömliga insatser”) [i silver eller guld med gult band (i vissa fall belagt med svärd i respektive valör]). These two medals are no longer awarded.[2]

The Medal of Merit created in 2008 can be awarded regardless of the circumstances prevailing at the time of the operation; national, international operations, actions during war-like circumstances or other personal effort or activity. The medal criteria are also applicable if Sweden is at war (armed conflict). The Medal of Merit will be awarded to anyone, whether he belongs to or operates in the Swedish Armed Forces or not and irrespective of his nationality.[2]

AppearanceEdit

The medal is divided into two classes, gold medal and silver medal. The medal is made from gilded hallmarked silver and hallmarked silver with 31 mm diameter. The obverse side shows the Swedish Armed Forces heraldic arms and around the outer edge the text "FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICES" (FÖR FÖRTJÄNSTFULLA INSATSER). The reverse shows around the outer edge a laurel wreath and is otherwise smooth and can be equipped with the holder's name, year of awarding and, if appropriate, country. The medal is also made in miniature. There is also a diploma that comes with the medal.[1]

The medal is worn with a blue ribbon with a broad yellow stripe in the middle and one narrow on each side. On the ribbon there is an erect sword in gold or silver if the medal is awarded for actions in combat or during war-like situations. Instead of the medal, the service ribbon can be worn. It's provided with a horizontal sword of gold or silver if the medal awarded for actions in combat or during war-like situations.[1]

PresentingEdit

Medaljutdelning Nationaldagen 2012

Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson awards the Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit to Swedish UN soldiers at the 2012 National Day of Sweden.

In each class, the medal can be awarded either for actions in battle or during war-like situations or for personal efforts in other circumstances. The medal may be awarded to Swedish and foreign citizens for meritorious services that benefited the Swedish Armed Forces and its operations. The decision to award the medal is taken by the Supreme Commander, usually following a proposal by the Supreme Commander's medal evaluation. The medal may be awarded posthumously and in that case, the medal is presented to the closest relative.[1]

The medal shall normally be awarded by the Supreme Commander during ceremoniously events, e.g. on the National Day of Sweden or other appropriate ceremoniously events. The decision to award the medal to a member of the Swedish Armed Forces shall be introduced in the Swedish Armed Forces' personnel records. Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters also has a register of all medals awarded, and any reasons for this.[1]

CriteriasEdit

The medal with diploma is awarded to individuals according to the following guidelines:[1]

Medal with swords Can be awarded for actions in combat or during war-like situations Medal Ribbon
Gold medal - Great personal courage by risking their own lives
- Very meritorious leadership of units under difficult circumstances
- Very meritorious effort under difficult circumstances
- On killed during service
FMGMmsv
Silver medal - Great personal courage
- Meritorious efforts under difficult circumstances
Försvarsmaktens förtjänstmedalj i silver med svärd FMSMmsv
Medal without sword Can be awarded for other situations Medal Ribbon
Gold medal - Great personal courage by risking their own lives
- Very meritorious efforts that benefited the Swedish Armed Forces
- Meritorious efforts that benefited the Swedish Armed Forces
- On killed during service
FMGM
Silver medal - Great personal courage
- Meritorious efforts that benefited the Swedish Armed Forces
FMGM

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