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Turkish Armed Forces Medal of Distinguished Courage and Self-Sacrifice
Awarded by the Turkish Armed Forces
Type Medal
Eligibility Civilian or soldier, of any nationality
Awarded for Great courage, self-sacrifice and risk of life
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
First awarded 1975

Turkish Armed Forces Medal of Distinguished Courage and Self-Sacrifice[citation needed] (Turkish language: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri Üstün Cesaret ve Feragat Madalyası) is one of the highest medals that can be bestowed upon an individual by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and was first created on July 3, 1975.

Technical specifications[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Silver laurels encircling the gold medal that has an engraving of the Mehmetçik, the legendary and symbolic Turkish soldier, on top.

Decoration (regular size)[edit | edit source]

Made of three pieces

  • Metal: Bronze
  • Minting: 5 micrometre silver and 0.2 micrometre gold-plating
  • Weight: 59 grams
  • Diameter: 3,5 cm

Decoration (miniature size)[edit | edit source]

Made of three pieces

  • Metal: Bronze
  • Minting: 5 micrometre silver and 0.2 micrometre gold-plating
  • Weight: 15 grams
  • Diameter: 1 cm

Ribbon[edit | edit source]

  • Color: Red with a golden crescent moon and a star on top

Criteria[edit | edit source]

During war or peace, it is bestowed on individuals or regiments who have accomplished their missions with great courage and self-sacrifice while risking their lives.

The medal can be given to civilians or soldiers, regardless of nationality. Its bestowment is proposed by either the Deputy Minister for National Defense or by any of the Commanders of the four branches of the TAF, namely the Army, the Navy, the Air Force or the Gendarmerie (with the exception of the Commander of the fifth branch, the Coast Guard). The outcome of any proposition depends on the approval of the Chief of the General Staff.

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