Officer of the Order of Military Merit (OMM)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Officer of the Order of Military Merit (OMM).

Officer of the Order of Military Merit (OMM)


The Order of Military Merit (ORMM) created in 1972, recognizes conspicuous merit and exceptional service by active members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Eligibility and criteria

The Officer of the Order of Military Merit recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.


The insignia of the order is a blue-enameled, straight-end cross pattée (four arms, narrow at the centre and expanding towards the ends). The badge is edged in gold and bears a gold maple leaf in its center, on a white background, surrounded by an annulus enameled red which bears the inscription "MERIT-MERITE-CANADA" in gold, the annulus being surmounted by the Royal Crown enameled in full colours. The reverse is plain with the exception of an inventory number. The Officer’s insignia has a small ring on the top arm through which another small ring attaches to the ring at the bottom of a gold laurelled bar (three rings in all).

The ribbon of the Order is blue, 38 mm wide, with gold edges (4.8 mm).


There is no bar to the Order of Military Merit, but one can be promoted within the Order.


The insignia of Officer shall be worn following the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: worn on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above. The lapel badge, a blue cross with a gold maple leaf centre, is worn on the undress ribbon. Elevations within the order are indicated by the wearing of the lapel badge of the current and previous levels on the undress ribbon.


Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “OMM”.

Historical notes

As of 1 June 2015, there have been 1,232 appointments at the Officer level of the Order since its institution in 1972. Each insignia is numbered on the reverse but not named. The names of the appointees are published in the Canada Gazette. Appointments are usually made in July and December of each year and one cannot be appointed to the Order posthumously. The insignia was designed by Bruce Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. and is manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint at its Ottawa facility.

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