UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone/UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL/UNAMSIL)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone/UN Mission In Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL/UNAMSIL).

UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone/UN Mission In Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL/UNAMSIL)

UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone/UN Mission In Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL/UNAMSIL)


UNOMSIL's purpose is to monitor the military and security situation in the country as a whole: as security conditions permit, to monitor the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants concentrated in secure areas of the country; assist in monitoring respect for international humanitarian law, including at disarmament and demobilization sites, where security permits; and advise, in coordination with other international efforts, the Government of Sierra Leone and local police officials on police practise, training, re-equipment and recruitment—in particular on the need to respect internationally accepted standards of policing in democratic societies.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 22 October 1999 to the present.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon has a central stripe of UN blue flanked by stripes of green, white, and dark blue.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNMIK medal and before the UNAMET medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

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