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Awards of the Imperium in order of precedence Honorifica Imperialis

The Honorifica Imperialis is awarded by an Inquisitor Lord, War Master, or High Lord of Terra, in the name of the Emperor, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the Imperium; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or selfsacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Distinguished Service Cross


The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Imperium, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Honorifica Imperialis ; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Emperor; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force; or while serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.

Silver Star
The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Imperium, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the Emperor while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing Xeno/heretic/traitor force, or while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for award of the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction. Soldiers who received a citation for gallantry in action during such conflicts may apply to have the citation converted to the Silver Star Medal

The Ordo Mallus Unit Citation .


The Ordo Mallus Unit Citation is awarded in the name of the Ordo Mallus to units of the Imperium and cobelligerent for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy Demonic or chaotic force. The unit must have accomplished its mission under such extremely difficult and hazardous conditions to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would be required for award of a Acolytes Medal to an individual.

The Ordo Xenos Unit Citation


The Ordo Xenos Unit Citation is awarded in the name of the Ordo Xenos to units of the Imperium and cobelligerent for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy Xeno force. The unit must have accomplished its mission under such extremely difficult and hazardous conditions to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would be required for award of a Acolytes Medal to an individual.

Legion of Merit
Criteria: The Legion of Merit is awarded to all members of the Imperium Armed Forces without reference to degree for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The performance must have been such as to merit recognition of key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner. Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch, specialty or assignment, and experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. For service not related to actual war the term "key individual" applies to a narrower range of positions than in time of war and requires evidence of significant achievement. In peacetime, service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an extremely difficult duty performed in an unprecedented and clearly exceptional manner. However, justification of the award may accrue by virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions.

Acolytes Medal

Criteria: Acolytes Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Inquisition, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Imperium; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the Imperium is not a belligerent party. b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star. c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction

Imperium Xeno Expeditionary Medal


Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to Imperium service members who have actually landed on foreign planet and engaged in operations against armed Xeno opposition, or operated under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition and for which no service or campaign medal was awarded. Only personnel who actually participated in the given operation, are eligible for the Imperium Expeditionary ribbon. This includes personnel attached to a squadron or unit embarked in a ship during the eligible period for that ship. Members of rear echelons, transients, observers and personnel assigned for short periods of Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) or Training Duty (TD) are not normally eligible for the award. However, consideration will be given in those instances when the local commander certifies a particular and significant contribution by an individual. Such certification should be submitted to the CNO via the fleet commander who exercised operational control in the area involved. CMC maintains a list of eligible ships/units.

Purity Seal Ribbon


Awarded to members of the Imperium whom received their first purity seal as a reward for service in the face heresy/chaos/alien. More than one purity seal does not promote more than one ribbon.

The Imperial Good Conduct Ribbon


Criteria for receipt are outstanding proficiency, leadership, and conduct during 3 continuous years of active enlisted Imeriun Service. This is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted/inducted personnel of the Imperium and Imperial Guard Reserve for periods of three year's above-average continuous service. Recipients must have been recommended by their CO for proficiency in rating, sobriety, obedience, industry, courage and neatness throughout this period of service.

Inquisitorial Commendation
3. Criteria for award: a. The Inquisitorial Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Inquisition other than Inquisitors who, while serving in any capacity with the Inquisition, distinguished himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. b. Awards may be made for acts of valor performed under circumstances described above which are of lesser degree than required for award of the Bronze Star Medal. These acts may involve aerial flight. An award may be made for acts of noncombatant-related heroism which do not meet the requirements for an award of the Acolytes Medal.

Imperial Commendation
Awarded to members of the Imperium and to other members of the Imperial Armed Forces serving in any capacity with the Imperial Guard, who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service above that normally expected and worthy of special recognition.

The Terra Defense Service Ribbon


The Terra Defense Service Ribbon is awarded to personnel for service in the defense of an Imperium world that has come under attack from a foreign or xeno threat.

Inquisitorial Inducted Forces


Authorized Inducted ribbon has been approved for Imperial Guard personnel who serve under Inquisition Command or operational control in direct support of Inquisition operations.

Team Commendation

Awarded by the Commander and subordinate awarding authorities to groups or teams which do not constitute a military unit. To justify this award, individual members of these groups must have performed service, which made a significant contribution to the groups overall outstanding accomplishment of a study, process, mission, etc. The service performed as a group or team must be of a character comparable to that which would merit the award Imperial Commendation or higher to an individual. To receive this award, eligible personnel must have served on a team or group for the entire meritorious period and made a significant contribution to the overall accomplishment.

Ribbons awarded for specific campaigns would be placed after the Imperial Guard Services ribbon but before the Team Commendation Ribbon. The Black Templars Excommunication Campaign
a. Authorized to be awarded to soldiers who deploy to Fleet Congniack in direct support of The Black Templars Excommunication Campaign. The area of eligibility encompasses all naval vessels, land forces and direct support staff. b. To be eligible for the award, a soldier must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in BTE for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days in a ship or meet one of the following criteria: 1) Be engaged in actual combat against the Black Templars and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless, of time or location in the fleet. 2) While participating in BTE or on official duties, regardless of time, is killed or wounded/injured requiring medical evacuation from battle. 3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crew member flying sorties into, out of, within, in direct support of BTE; each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with the criteria shall count as one day towards the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement. c. The medal may be awarded posthumously to any soldier who lost his/her life while, or as a direct result of, participating in qualifying operations, without regard to length of such service, if otherwise eligible.

Imperial Guard Services Medal


The medal will be awarded to personnel assigned to operations in an area designated by an Imperial General for award of the medal.

Combat Action Ribbon


The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Imperium (when operating under the control of the Imperial Guard) who have actively participated in ground or surface combat, principal criterion is that the recipient must have participated in a bona fide ground or surface combat firefight or in an action during which he was under enemy fire from a force exceeding company (100)size and his performance while under fire was satisfactory.

Humanitarian Service Medal


The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded to members of the Imperium who distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in any significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature approved by the Ministorium. The medal is not awarded for participation in domestic disturbances involving law enforcement, equal rights to citizens, or protection of properties. b. Service members must be on active duty at the time for direct participation. It also includes service as a cadet at the Arbite Academy. Members of the Imperial Guard are eligible provided, that use of active forces has been authorized in the act or operation. c. Service members must have directly participated in the humanitarian act or operation within the designated geographical area of operation and within specified time limits. Specifically excluded from eligibility for this medal are personnel or elements remaining at geographically separated military headquarters.

Imperial Marksmanship Award


awarded to those that can score above 145 on the standard IG course

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Order of Macharius Honorifica Imperialis Awarded to Imperial Guard The second highest award officers for tactical brilliance given to members of the and unusual initiative, It Imperial military, the cannot be won by mere valor. Honorifica Imperialis denotes It recognizes the highest an individual who has levels of military leadership distinguished himself above ability. Mere valor cannot win and beyond the call of duty the Order of Macharius, it can and who represents the finest only be won by spectacular ideals humanity can aspire to. success won by dint of strategic excellence in the face of an armed enemy.

Merit of the High Lords To be awarded a Merit of the High Lords is a rare honor indeed, bestowed upon the greatest of commanders those whose valor is such that his name has been mentioned in the Chamber of the High Lords. It is nicknamed the doubleedged sword, as it inevitably means the individual who receives it will be under particular scrutiny from his superiors from that point onwards. He can expect to be assigned to the most horrific battlefronts by jealous superiors in order to pass on his wisdom and courage first hand.

The Steel Aquila

The Iron Aquila Honorifica Mundanus A simple iron Imperial Eagle The highest award given to A golden half-circle bearing a is one of the most prized support personnel (such as tech simple steel Imperial Eagle is medals awarded to combat adepts or members of the one of the most prestigious personnel. Often referred to Collegia Psykologica), the medals awarded to combat as the "boring hero's award," Honorifica Mundanus denotes personnel. Often referred to the Iron Aquila is awarded to an individual who has as the lunatics eagle, the warriors who, in the face of distinguished himself above Steel Aquila is awarded to the enemy, have triumphed and beyond the call of duty and soldiers who, in the face of and returned in a condition fit who represents the finest ideals great personal danger, have for further active duty by acts humanity can aspire to. triumphed over the enemy of valor that do not warrant and returned in a condition fit the Iron Aquila. This award is for further active duty. This never issued without good award is never issued without cause, and only the good cause, and only the most impressive feats of personal

spectacularly violent and impressive feats of personal valor will earn it.

valor will earn it.

Administratum Medal The Imperial Laureate The Imperial Administratum An award born of the Age of awards this medal to units and Apostasy, this Laureate soldiers who have fought indicates a warrior who has bravely in the defense of effectively "won his laurels." personnel and property Acts of valor leading to great belonging to this esteemed victory are recognized with and highly necessary, but the Imperial Laureate. Only vulnerable organization. warriors who have won a laurel may bear the unit/regiment colors. Awards for Achievement

Knight's Cross The Merit of Terra The Valoris Imperator (Knight of Medusa shown) A medal and honorific title The Merit of Terra is awarded Taking the form of a soaring awarded to officers of the to soldiers who have two-headed eagle, the Valoris rank of Colonel and above voluntarily postponed their Imperator is awarded only to who led their regiments in 30 own demobilization. A soldiers who have served for 20 or more consecutive days of bittersweet award, the Merit years or more. It is technically active combat. of Terra signifies that the awarded in recognition of long Colonels are awarded the bearer will be required to service, but in fact it is only Knight's Cross, Brigadiers are serve much longer than awarded posthumously to awarded the Knight expected. However, it is a veterans who have died in Companion's Cross, Major well-known sign of steadfast particularly unpleasant Generals are awarded the loyalty toward the Golden circumstances. Knight Commander's Cross, Throne. All Imperial military Lieutenant Generals are personnel respect those

awarded the Knight Grand bearing the Merit, and it is Commander's Cross, Generals reported that even the are awarded the Knight Adeptus Astartes Master's Cross, Field acknowledge the diligence Marshals or Warmasters are and self-sacrifice that the awarded the Knight Grand award represents. Master's Cross. Each award carries an equivalent knighthood.

The Medallion Crimson Those men who survive grievous, life-threatening injury without losing faith or honor and return to their units are often awarded the Medallion Crimson. Bearers of the Medallion Crimson are rightly feared as mighty warriors.

The Order of the Storm A campaign badge awarded to soldiers who have been wounded in battle and have returned to their units. The Order of the Storm depicts a pair of crossed lightning bolts over an Imperial Eagle.

The Ribbon Intrinsic Taking the form of an etched brass strip with a tripartite ribbon hanging beneath, the Ribbon Intrinsic is awarded to units rather than individuals. It is given only to squads that have proven to be the linchpin for a victorious battlefront, where it the line fast and turned a defeat into a victory by determination alone.

The Golden Skull This medal is awarded posthumously to those who fall in actions in which their units have suffered at least 66% casualties. It is considered in every way superior to the Triple Skull, which is issued to those who survive such engagements

The Triple Skull

The Order of the Eagle's Claw Awarded to soldiers who have This medal is awarded to the made landfall in the most survivors of actions in which perilous of landing zones and their units have suffered at triumphed. Only those who least 66% casualties. It is have proven victorious against considered in every way overwhelming odds in a inferior to the Golden Skull, fashion that has been witnessed which is issued posthumously by their superiors or Imperial to those who fall in such Navy observers can earn this engagements, although award. Bearers of the Order of doubtless the recipients view the Eagles Claw will receive it a little more favorably. increased respect from Imperial

Navy personnel, regardless of the soldiers service arm. It is rare for soldiers outside of Drop Troop regiments to receive this award, but it has occasionally been issued to Imperial units that have participated in mass orbital deployments (under fire). Campaign Awards

Medusa Star The Medusa Star was the Imperial Guards general service medal, which denoted active military service during the Medusa V campaign. It was awarded to all ranks, though officers received a gold version. This is the most basic award a Guardsman could be awarded in this campaign and has little intrinsic value except to those soldiers newly transferred to the regiment.

Armageddon Cross The Armageddon Cross was the Imperial Guards general service medal, which denoted active military service during the 3rd Armageddon campaign. It was awarded to all ranks, though officers received a gold version. This is the most basic award a Guardsman could be awarded in this campaign and has little intrinsic value except to those soldiers newly transferred to the regiment.