The Medal of Honour (Medalat al-Sharif): founded by King 'Abdu'llah I in 1951 to reward acts of bravery and self sacrifice by members of the Jordanian armed forces. Amended and updated by King Hussein in July 1972. Awarded in a single class, a circular medal in silver.
The Medal of Honour.
The Order of Service (Wisam al-Kidmat): founded by King Hussein on 13th February 1972 to recognise exceptional military services of members of the Jordanian armed forces, during the momentous struggle for national survival between 5th June 1967 to 31st December 1971. Awarded in two classes.
Al-Hussein Medal for Excellence: instituted by King Hussein in 1986 to reward excellence in the performance of a particular task or achievement of a particular deed. Awarded in three classes (1. silver-gilt, 2. silver, and 3. bronze).
Al-Hussein Medal for Excellence - First class.
The Arab Independence Medal (Midalat al-Istiqlal al-Arabi): instituted by King Hussein I of the Hijaz in 1921 to commemorate and mark Arab independence from Turkish rule in 1916. Retained as both an Iraqi and a Jordanian award after 1925.
The Ma'an Medal (Midalat al-Ma'an): instituted by King Hussein I of the Hijaz on 5th May 1918 to reward those members of the Arab Army and irregular forces who took part in the battle of Ma'an, a town later ceded to Jordan, during the period 16th-22nd April 1918. Confirmed and conditions published by King Faisal I of Iraq when King of Syria on 11th September 1919. Retained as both an Iraqi and a Jordanian award after 1925.
The Ma'an Medal.
The Medal for Joint Military Operations (Midalat al-Thikra lil al-Harakat al-Harbiya al-Mushtarika): instituted by King Abdullah I in 1942 as a campaign medal for those those who took part in the military operations against the Rashid Ali regime in Iraq and the Vichy French in Syria during the previous year. Also known as the Iraq and Syria Campaign Medal.
The Medal for the 1939-1945 War (Midalat al-Zarari al-Herb al-Iradani Lasanat 1939-1945): instituted by King Abdullah I in 1945 to recognise those who served in military operations during the Second World War for a period of six months or more. Also known as the 1939-1945 War Medal.
The Medal for Miltary Operations in Palestine 1948 (Midalat al-Amaliyal al-Harbiah fi Filastin 1948): instituted by King Abdullah I in 1948 to recognise those who took part in military operations during the first Arab-Israeli War in Palestine. Also known as the War Service Medal.
The Medal for Joint Military Operations, 1939-1945 War Medal, War Service Medal 1948, and the Long Service Medal (R).
The Long Service Medal (Midalat al-Taqdir lil Khidmat al-Makhlis): instituted by King Abdullah I in 1948 to recognise long service and good conduct in the uniformed services, twenty years continuous for officers, fifteen for non-commissioned officers. Also known as the Long Service Medal.
The Silver Jubilee Medal (Midalat al-Iwabil al-Fazi): instituted by King Hussein on 11th August 1977 to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his accession. Also awarded for personal and meritorious services to the sovereign and thus given precedence far above ordinary commemorative medals. Awarded in a single class, silver medal.
Silver Jubilee Medal 1977.
The Jordan Service Medal (Midalat al-Kidmat al-Urduni): a privately instituted commemorative medal established with the approval of King Hussein for those British military and police personnel who served in Jordan and in the Jordaian military forces between 1946 ad 1957, and assisted in protecting Jordan during the emergency and crisis of 1958.
The Great Ramadan War Medal (Midalat al-Harb Ramadan al-Mubaraqa): instituted by King Hussein on 1st January 1974 to recognise those who participated in the Third Arab-Israeli War in 1973.
The Battle of Karama Medal (Midalat al-Ma'araqa al-Karama): instituted by King Hussein I in 1969 to recognise those who took part in the defence of Karama when the Israeli forces crossed the River Jordan on 23rd March 1968, and who subesquently forced them to withdraw back into Israeli territory.
The National Guard Medal (Midalat al-Haras al-Wataniya): instituted by King Abdullah I in June 1940 to recognise loyal and distinguished service in the National Guard.
The Jadima Award (Sharat al-Jadima): instituted by King Hussein in 1975.
The Jordan Service Medal (L), Great Ramadan War Medal (C), and the Battle of Karama Medal (R).
The Medal for Public Service in the Sultanate of Oman (Midalat Sharat al-Kidmat al-'Ama fi Saltanat Oman): instituted by King Hussein in October 1976 to reward those members of the Jordanian armed forces who served during the Dofar operations in Oman between 1974 and 1977.
The Peacekeeping Medal (Midalat al-Masharikh fi Qawat al-Salam al-Daulat): instituted by King Hussein to recognise the services by those who serve in Jordanian contingent in Peacekeeping operations on behalf of international organisations overseas.
The Medal for Reconcilliation and Concord 1408 (Midalat al-Qamat al-Waqaf wa al-Itafaq 1987): instituted by King Hussein on 8th November 1987 to recognise services which led to the agreement of reconciliation and recognition between Israel and Jordan.
The King's 40th Year Jubilee Medal (Midalat al-Zikri al-Arabain al-Lajaus al-Maliki): instituted by King Hussein on 31st December 1992 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of his accession.
King Abdullah II Accession Medal: instituted by King Abdullah II to commemorate his accession in 1999.
Award for the War Wounded (Sharat al-Jurhi al-Herb): instituted by King Hussein in December 1975 to recognise those wounded or killed in military operations. Further wounds are recognised by numbers attached to the medal ribbon which indicate the number of wounds received.
The Medals for Administrative & Leadership Competence (L) and Administrative & Technical Competence (R).
The Medal for Administrative and Leadership Competence (Midalat al-Qafawat al-Qiyadiya): instituted by King Hussein in October 1976 as an award for competent leadership by field commanders during a period of at least twelve months.
The Medal for Administrative and Technical Competence (Midalat al-Qafawat al-Idariya): instituted by King Hussein in October 1976 as a unit award recognising a high level of administrative and technical competence, the members of which unit are entitled to wear the medal, while streamer ribbons in the same colours are attached to the colours.
The Medal for Training Competence (Midalat al-Qafawat al-Tarir bet): instituted by King Hussein in October 1976 as a unit award recognising a high level of military training competence, sporting prowess and physical fitness, the members of which unit are entitled to wear the medal, while streamer ribbons in the same colours are attached to the colours.
The JIPTC Medal
Jordan International Police Training Centre Medal: instituted by King ‘Abdu’llah II in 2003 to reward the members of the Jordanian and international police instructors and trainers responsible for the training of the 50,000 cadets of the new Iraqi Police Force within Jordan between 2003 and 2007. Awarded in a single class.
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