- Instituted to recognise the distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
- It is awarded in recognition of peace-time service of the most exceptional order.
The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-
- All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.
- Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.