The NATO Meritorious Service Medal Eligibility Criteria

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The North Atlantic Council (NAC) established the NATO Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in 2002 to recognise exceptional or remarkable service in the interests of the Alliance by military and civilian personnel. The award of this medal lies outside the conditions for the award of NATO medals established specifically for campaigns and operations.

In 2012, Her Late Majesty The Queen gave approval for members of the UK Armed Forces and MOD Civilians, awarded the NATO MSM for meritorious operational service in a recognised operational theatre, to accept and wear the medal.

His Majesty The King has now been graciously pleased to approve, with immediate effect, that members of the UK Armed Forces, and MOD Civilians, awarded the NATO MSM for any type of meritorious service since 2002 may now wear the award. 

The NATO Meritorious Service Medal (NATO MSM) – Eligibility Criteria for Ministry of Defence employees