Member of the Order of Military Merit (MMM)


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

Eligibility & Criteria

The Member of the Order of Military Merit recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.


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 silver, and bears a silver 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 Member’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 (3 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 Member shall be worn following the Lieutenant 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 silver 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 postnominal letters  “MMM”.

Historical Notes

As of 1 June 2015, there have been 3,049 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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