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Ever Observed Colorful Ribbons On Soldier’s Uniform? Here’s What They Mean

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Most of us have seen the colourful ribbons (ribands) and medals on soldiers uniform which they proudly wear on their chest, but most of us don’t know the meaning of these colour codes and what they indicate, in this article you can find the meaning behind each and every colour and ribbon from our armed forces.

The Armed Forces of India are eligible for a myriad of military decorations. Decorations are awarded for extraordinary bravery and courage, as well as distinguished service during times of war and peace. Service and campaign medals have been awarded throughout the history of India as an independent state.

Mention in Dispatches

Mention in Dispatches has been used since 1947, in order to recognize distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry which are not of a sufficiently high order to warrant the grant of gallantry awards.

Eligible personnel include all Army, Navy and Air Force personnel including personnel of the Reserve Forces, Territorial Army, Militia and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces, members of the Nursing Service and Civilians working under or with the Armed Forces.

Personnel can be mentioned in dispatches posthumously and multiple awards are also possible. A recipient of a Mention in a Despatch is entitled to wear an emblem, in the form of a lotus leaf on the ribbon of the relevant Campaign Medal. They are also issued with an official certificate from the Ministry of Defence.

Gen Bipin Rawat In Combat Dress

Commendation Card

All three branches of the military issue Commendation Cards, which are badges awarded for “individual acts of gallantry or distinguished service or devotion to duty performed either in operation or non-operational areas which are not of a sufficiently high order to qualify for a higher gallantry award or for which the higher award is inappropriate. The award will be for a specific act of bravery or distinguished service or special service. The award will not be made posthumously.”

All three branches issue Commendations Cards at the level of the highest officer (Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Naval Staff and Chief of the Air Staff). The awards at lower levels seem to vary between services.

Ribbons of India

Order of wear

The various decorations and medals are worn in the following order:

Precedence Award Name
1 Bharat Ratna
2 Param Veer Chakra
3 Ashoka Chakra
4 Padma Vibhushan
5 Padma Bhushan
6 Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal
7 Param Vishisht Seva Medal
8 Maha Vir Chakra
9 Kirti Chakra
10 Padma Shri
11 Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak
12 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
13 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
14 Vir Chakra
15 Shaurya Chakra
16 President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry
17 President’s Police Medal for Gallantry
18 President’s Fire Services Medal for Gallantry
19 President’s Correctional Service Medal for Gallantry
20 President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry
21 Yudh Seva Medal
22 Sena Medal / Nao Sena Medal / Vayu Sena Medal
23 Vishisht Seva Medal
24 Police Medal for Gallantry
25 Fire Services Medal for Gallantry
26 Correctional Service Medal for Gallantry
27 Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry
28 Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak
29 Parakram Padak
30 General Service Medal – 1947
31 Samanya Seva Medal – 1965
32 Special Service Medal
33 Samar Seva Star-1965
34 Poorvi Star
35 Paschimi Star
36 Operation Vijay Star Medal
37 Siachen Glacier Medal
38 Raksha Medal – 1965
39 Sangram Medal
40 Operation Vijay Medal
41 Operation Parakram Medal
42 Sainya Seva Medal
43 High Altitude Medal
44 Police (Special Duty) Medal – 1962
45 Videsh Seva Medal
46 President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for Distinguished Service
47 President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service
48 President’s Fire Services Medal for Distinguished Service
49 President’s Correctional Service Medal for Distinguished Service
50 President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence for Distinguished Service
51 Meritorious Service Medal
52 Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
53 Police Medal for Meritorious Service
54 Fire Services Medal for Meritorious Service
55 Correction Service Medal for Meritorious Service
56 Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service
57 Jeevan Raksha Padak
58 Territorial Army Decoration
59 Territorial Army Medal
60 Indian Independence Medal-1947
61 Independence Medal – 1950
62 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
63 25th Independence Anniversary Medal
64 30 Years Long Service Medal
65 20 Years Long Service Medal
66 9 Years Long Service Medal
67 Commonwealth Awards
68 Other Awards

source: WIKInda cds books

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