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Badge of Honour of the Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr Crosses & Medal of Honor (Ehrenzeichen der Bundeswehr) is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany for meritorious service.

The decoration is usually awarded for long and meritorious service. However, it may also be awarded for valor in combat and other acts of merit regardless of time of service. It may be awarded to foreign soldiers as well as all German soldiers.

The decoration has five grades:

  • Bundeswehr Medal of Honor (Ehrenmedaille der Bundeswehr) An individual may become eligible after completing a minimum of seven months of service and being nominated for exemplary service within that period.
  • Bundeswehr Cross of Honor in Bronze (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Bronze) An individual may become eligible after completing a minimum of five years of service and being nominated for exemplary service within that period.
  • Bundeswehr Cross of Honor in Silver (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Silber) An individual may become eligible after completing a minimum of seven years of service and being nominated for exemplary service within that period.
  • Bundeswehr Cross of Honor in Gold (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold) An individual may become eligible after completing a minimum of 20 years of service and being nominated for exemplary service within that period.
  • Bundeswehr Cross of Honor for Bravery (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr für Tapferkeit) An individual may become eligible after performing deeds which "greatly exceed the expected degree of bravery".

Design

The medal is round, on its center is displayed the German eagle on the Bundeswehr version of the Iron Cross surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. On the reverse it reads "FÜR BESONDERE VERDIENSTE BUNDESWEHR" (German: For Special Merits - Bundeswehr). There is an oak leaf above the word Bundeswehr and that side is also surrounded by an oak leaves wreath.

The four higher grades are in the shape of a cross and in the center is the round design of the lowest medal, the reverse reads "For Service".

The ribbon is black with two red stripes beside it and golden stripes on the edges as the colors of the German flag, the ribbon bar has a small clasp of the decoration grade attached to it.

In the case of the Ehrenkreuz für Tapferkeit, both the ribbon and the ribbon bar are adorned with a clasp in the shape of stylized double oak leaves.

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