Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory

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Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory
Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory.jpg
Obverse of the medal with clasps EGIDE and SENTINELLE
Awarded by  France
TypeMilitary Award
Awarded forInternal security operations
StatusCurrently Awarded
Statistics
Established13 July 2015
Precedence
Next (higher)French commemorative medal
PROTECTION MILITAIRE DU TERRITOIRE ribbon.jpg
Ribbon of the Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory
Reverse of the Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory

The Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory (French: "Médaille de la protection militaire du territoire") is a French state decoration established on 13 July 2015 by presidential decree 2015-853[1] and awarded to military personnel of the French Armed Forces for service during national security operations on French national territory. It was created to recognize service following the need for an increased military presence during national security operations following the rise of international terrorism and the many incidents in France over the past years.

Award statute[edit]

The Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory is awarded to military personnel for their effective participation in military security operations as decided by the Government and carried out on the national territory.[1] The Minister of Defense is responsible for the administration of the medal and will determine by decree:

  • the operations giving the right to the award of the medal and its related clasp;[1]
  • the dates during the same operations that give the right to the award of the medal and its related clasp;[1]
  • the minimum number of days served during the same operations giving the right to the award of the medal and its related clasp.[1]

In exceptional circumstances, the Minister of Defense may, without any condition of duration of service, award the medal and its related clasp to soldiers killed or wounded during one of these operations, or cited for exceptional merit in conjunction with the award of the gold grade of the National Defence Medal earned for service related to one of these operations.[1]

Clasps[edit]

The medal is always awarded with a clasp and multiple clasps may be worn simultaneously. Five clasps are currently approved for wear on the ribbon of the Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory:[1]

  • SENTINELLE for participation in Opération Sentinelle for a minimum time period of sixty days total service (continuous or not) between 7 January 2015 to a date not yet specified.[2]
  • HARPIE for effective participation in the "Harpie" mission for a minimum time period of thirty days total service (continuous or not) on the territory of the department and overseas region of French Guiana between 1 March 2008 to a date not yet specified.[3]
  • TRIDENT for effective participation in military surveillance and protection missions of French airspace, waters and land areas between 1 July 2013 to a date not yet specified. The time requirement for award of this clasp is 30 months total service for members of units whose primary mission was and remains the same as the award prerequisites, to military personnel not part of such units for 60 days total service (continuous or not) or if in the case of surveillance flights, twenty such flights.[4]
  • JUPITER for effective participation in military surveillance and protection missions by strategic forces between 1 July 2013 to a date not yet specified. The time requirement for award of this clasp is 30 months total service for members of units whose primary mission was and remains the same as the award prerequisites, to military personnel not part of such units for 60 days total service (continuous or not) or if in the case of surveillance flights, twenty such flights.[5]
  • ÉGIDE for effective participation in the military protection of military assets, public and state buildings, of international organisations and diplomatic and consular missions between 1 July 2013 to a date not yet specified. The time requirement for award of this clasp is 30 months total service for members of units whose primary mission was and remains the same as the award prerequisites, to military personnel not part of such units for 60 days total service (continuous or not) or if in the case of surveillance flights, twenty such flights.[6]

Award description[edit]

The Medal for the Military Protection of the Territory is a 30 mm in diameter circular medal struck from bronze. Its obverse bears the effigy of the Republic with the relief inscription above "RÉPUBLIQUE" and below "FRANÇAISE" (English: "FRENCH REPUBLIC"). The reverse bears the relief inscription on five lines "MÉDAILLE" "DE LA" "PROTECTION MILITAIRE" "DU" "TERRITOIRE" (English: "MEDAL" "FOR THE" "MILITARY PROTECTION" "OF THE" "TERRITORY").[1]

The medal hangs from a 38 mm wide silk moiré ribbon passing through a ring through the medal's ball shaped suspension loop. The ribbon bears the national colours of France in the following pattern: 14 mm wide blue vertical central stripe bordered by white 8 mm wide stripes with 5 mm wide red edge stripes.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Decree 2015-853 of the President of the French Republic of 13 July 2015" (in French). LégiFrance. 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ "Decree of the Minister of Defence of the French Republic of 13 July 2015 creating the clasp SENTINELLE" (in French). LégiFrance. 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. ^ "Decree of the Minister of Defence of the French Republic of 1 December 2015 creating the clasp HARPIE" (in French). LégiFrance. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  4. ^ "Decree of the Minister of Defence of the French Republic of 5 April 2016 creating the clasp TRIDENT" (in French). LégiFrance. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  5. ^ "Decree of the Minister of Defence of the French Republic of 5 April 2016 creating the clasp JUPITER" (in French). LégiFrance. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  6. ^ "Decree of the Minister of Defence of the French Republic of 5 April 2016 creating the clasp ÉGIDE" (in French). LégiFrance. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-11-20.

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