Order of Military Merit
In 1972 the Canadian HONOURS system was extended to include the Order of Military Merit in recognition of exceptional service. All regular and reserve personnel of the ARMED FORCES are eligible. There are 3 grades of membership: Commander, Officer and Member. The number of appointments made yearly may not exceed 0.1% of the strength of the Armed Forces; of that number 6% may be made Commanders, 30% Officers and the remainder Members. The appointments are made by the governor general on recommendation by the minister of national defence. A list of members is available from the Chancellery of Canadian Orders and Decorations, Government House, Ottawa.
The badge is a blue enamelled cross patée (ie, a cross with expanding arms) with a dark blue ribbon edged in gold. The badge of Commander is worn at the neck, those of Officer and Member on the left breast. Recipients are entitled to place after their names the initials corresponding to their grades: CMM, OMM or MMM.