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Medals

People serving in the Armed Forces shall receive honour and recognition for the extraordinary situations they may encounter during service.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Medals are a visible proof of recognition, and we have several categories of medals. Military service over a certain amount of time will normally be recognised with a medal. In addition medals are awarded for leadership, courage and effort beyond what one might expect during combat. The Armed Forces also have award medals for efforts far beyond what is expected, or long and faithful service.

Proposals for receiving a medal are normally sent to the medal committee through local chiefs or contingent commanders. ​

The Armed Forces' medals are divided into three categories:

Category 1: Bravery medals, also called combat decorations. These medals are awarded individually for special efforts during a single event.

Category 2: Participant medals. These medals are awarded​ personnel who have served in an operation area over a certain amount of time. Duration of and requirements are defined in the statutes of each individual medal. For service abroad, medals are normally awarded when returning from the operation area.

Category 3: Merit medals. These medals can be awarded for efforts far beyond what is expected, or for long and faithful service. ​​

 Medals in the Armed Forces (official ranking)

 

 

War Cross With SwordWar Cross With Sword<div>This is Norway's highest award and can be given to Norwegian and foreign military personnel and civilians. The medal is awarded for supreme bravery or leadership during war or armed conflict. </div><div><br></div><div>Category: Bravery medal​</div><div><br></div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/krigskorset.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
St. Olav's Medal With Oak BranchSt. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch<p>​​​<span style="font-size:13px;">T</span><span style="font-size:13px;">he medal is awarded for personal effort during battle or similar, and for showing excellent bravery or leadership during war or armed conflict.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13px;"><span style="font-family:proximanova, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Category: Bravery medal​</span>​​  </span></p><div><img src="/media/PubImages/stolavsmedaljen-ekegren.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </div><div><br></div>
War MedalWar Medal<p></p><div>The War Medal can be awarded for personal efforts during battle or similar. It can be given to Norwegian and foreign military personnel or civilians who have shown  special bravery or leadership during war or armed conflict.  </div><div><br></div><div>Category: Bravery medal</div><div><br>​</div><p>​<img src="/media/PubImages/krigsmedaljen.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
Armed Forces Medal for Heroic DeedsArmed Forces Medal for Heroic DeedsThis medal can be awarded military and civilian personnel who in a military context have shown personal resourcefulness and courage exceeding what is expected. This includes saving lives and/or preventing damage on materiel and property during dangerous situations. <br><br>Category: Bravery medal<br><div><img src="/media/PubImages/edeldåd.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Norwegian Defence Cross of HonourNorwegian Defence Cross of Honour​​​The Cross of Honour can be given to Norwegian and foreign military and civilian personnel for excellent merits or especially meritorious contribution in the Norwegian Armed Forces or for the Armed Forces in society. The medal can also be awarded Norwegians and foreign nationals outside the forces, who in a particularly meritorious way have assisted and helped the Norwegian Armed Forces. <br><br><div>Category: Merit medals</div><div><br></div><p><img src="/media/PubImages/hederskors.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
Defence Service Medal with Laurel BranchDefence Service Medal with Laurel Branch​​This medal can be awarded Norwegian and foreign military and civilian personnel who have demonstrated personal excellence, skills and efforts for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The medal can also be awarded for academic skills when the receiver has contributed in increasing the quality, the team spirit and the sense of responsibility of his or her department.<br><br><div>Category: Merit medal</div><div><br></div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/forsvarsmedaljenlaurbærgren.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Home Guard Medal of MeritHome Guard Medal of Merit​The Home Guard's medal can be awarded Norwegian and foreign military and civilian personnel who have made an especially huge and unselfish effort for the Norwegian Home Guard. <br>Category: Merit medal​<br><br><img src="/media/PubImages/hvfortjenestemedalje.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br>
Defence Service MedalDefence Service Medal​The service medal can be awarded military and civilian personnel who have served 25 years or more in the Norwegian Armed Forces. The medal can also be given to Norwegians or foreigners – in and outside the Armed Forces – who in a special way have helped and supported the Norwegian Armed Forces.<br><br><div>Category: Merit medal</div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/forsvarsmedaljen.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Wounded in Action MedalWounded in Action MedalThis medal can be given to personnel in the Norwegian Armed Forces who have been wounded in combat or combat-like situations created by one of the sides in a conflict. It can also be awarded civilian personnel and foreign military personnel under Norwegian military command. <br><br><div>Category: Merit medal</div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/saaredeistrid2.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><div>​<br></div>
Armed Forces Medal for International OperationsArmed Forces Medal for International Operations​This medal can be given to military observers and monitors, or staff personnel who have worked at least 30 days in the operation area. It is also awarded to personnel in Norwegian force contributions to operations abroad. On special occasions the medal can be awarded with a laurel branch. <br><br><div>Category: Participant medal</div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/intopsmedaljen.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Medals for Defence Service AbroadMedals for Defence Service Abroad​This medal can be can be awarded Norwegian and foreign military personnel who have participated in dangerous and extreme operations and combat actions. The recipient must have shown bravery and personal courage, or must have made an effort in combat exceeding what is normally expected. If the recipient has made a particularly good effort, he or she may be awarded the medal with a rosette. This requires an active participation in combat actions or a special effort in dangerous missions.<br><br>Category: Bravery medal<div><img src="/media/PubImages/innsatsmedalje.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div>
Medals for Defence Operations AbroadMedals for Defence Operations AbroadThe operation medal can be awarded personnel who have served in a Norwegian unit or as a part of a multinational staff in an international operation – simultaneously with a Norwegian unit in the same operation. The recipient must have served for at least 30 consecutive days.<br><br>The medal is equipped with different ribbons depending on the operation and country. The colours of the ribbon are put together by the colours of the Norwegian flag and the flag of the country where the operation takes place. A Roman numeral made of metal is attached to the ribbon if the recipient has had several missions to the same country.<br><br>Category: Participant medal<div><img src="/media/PubImages/forsvarets-operasjonsmedaljer.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div>
National Service MedalNational Service Medal​This medal is awarded as a token of appreciation for completing the compulsory military service. There is one medal for each military branch.<br><br>For professional or contract officers, the medal is equipped with a star for 4, 8 and 12 years service respectively. A star is also awarded when serving at least six months abroad. The Home Guard's personnel are assigned stars after conducting 5, 10 and 15 annual exercises respectively. The Army, the Navy and the Home Guard use a gold star, while the Air Force uses a silver star. <br><br><div>Category: Participant medal</div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/vernedyktighetsmedaljer.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Armed Forces Medal for Military SportsArmed Forces Medal for Military Sports​The medal can be given to military and civilian personnel who have achieved good results in various military sport disciplines in a military context. <br><br><div>Category: Merit medal​</div><div><img src="/media/PubImages/medalje-feltsport.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div>
Armed Forces Medal for ShootingArmed Forces Medal for ShootingThe medal can be given to military and civilian personnel who have achieved good results in various shooting disciplines in a military context. <br><br>Category: Merit medal<div><img src="/media/PubImages/medalje-skyting.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div>

Published 29 July 2015 15:55.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.