Operational Service Medal

  • Medal instituted on 5 July 2010.
  • Medal awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, allied forces, Canadian police officers, or Canadian civilians working for the Canadian Forces who had directly participated in any military campaign under Canadian or allied command.
  • Obverse: the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA and CANADA (Latin abbreviation for: Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God Queen of Canada) separated by small maple leaves and surrounding an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a Canadian diadem of maple leaves and snowflakes, symbolizing her roles as both fount of honour and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces.
  • Reverse: the globe resting above two crossed branches of laurel and oak leaves and surmounted by a St. Edward's Crown that is flanked on both sides by three maple leaves on a single stem.
  • The ribbon with thin, vertical stripes in Canada's official colours of red and white flanking a central band; the colour of the middle band reflects the specific theatre or task for which the medal is being awarded.