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Taiwan Military Awards and Decorations

Information on current Taiwan awards is not readily available.

Medal Orders and Decorations

Military Men of the Armed Forces that have an achievement in a battle, or merit, unless otherwise regulated in other laws, are rewarded with Medal Decorations as follows:

  1. Order of National Glory / National Glory Medal is not divided into levels, Any Military Man of the Armed Forces who defends his country from a foreign invasion and has a special achievement in a war is decorated with this medal. The order without ranks was instituted in 1937 and used in 1938. The medal features an eagle in the center and streaks of gold and four plum blossoms on the border, symbolizing that the awardee helps bring a bright future to the nation. Regulations governing this order were passed in 1937 and took effect in 1938.
  2. Order of Blue Sky and White Sun / National Emblem (Blue Sky White Sun) Medal is not divided into levels. Any Military Man of the Armed Forces who defends his country from a foreign invasion and has an achievement in a war is decorated with this medal.
  3. Order of Precious Tripod / Precious Tripod (Pao Ting) Medal is divided into nine levels, Any Military Man of the Armed Forces who defend his country from a foreign invasion or suppresses a civil war, and has an achievement in a war is decorated according to the following rules: General Level Officers = First to Fourth Level; From colonel to major = Third to Sixth Level; From captain to second lieutenant officers = Fourth to Seventh Level; Lieutenant and Enlisted Soldier Levels = Sixth to Ninth Level. The medal features a picture of a white and green tripod in the center and streaks of gold on the border. Tripod is considered a national treasure in China. So the design symbolizes that the awardee is the treasure of the country. This order was instituted in 1929 and classified into nine ranks.
  4. Order of Loyalty and Valor / Loyalty & Bravery Medal is not divided into level, any Military Man of the Arm Forces who defends his country from a foreign invasion, fights bravely and dose not withdraw even injured is decorated with this medal. The medal features a warrior in the center and streaks of gold on the border. This order was instituted in 1944 and has no ranks. The medal features a warrior on horseback, symbolizing the awardee's heroic deeds.
  5. Order of Clouds and Banner / Cloud and Banner Medal (Yun Hui) is divided into nine levels, Any Military Man of the Armed Forces who has an outstanding achievement in the country or suppresses a civil war and has best performance is decorated with this medal according to the following rules: General Level Officers = First to Fourth Level; From colonel to major = Third to Sixth Level; From captain to second lieutenant = Fourth to Seventh Level; Lieutenant and Enlisted Soldier Levels = Sixth to Ninth Level. A Non-Military Man of the Arm Forces or Military Man in his Hometown or a foreigner who has an outstanding achievement in a battle, will be decorated with a Precious Tripod (Pao Ting) Medal or a Cloud & Banner (Yun Hui) Medal. The medal features a bright-yellow flag fluttering among clouds in the center and streaks of gold on the border. This order was instituted in 1935 and classified into nine ranks. A bright-yellow flag fluttering among clouds is featured in the medal, symbolizing the distinguished services of the awardee.
  6. Order of Loyalty and Diligence / Loyalty & Diligence Medal is not divided into levels. Any Military Man of the Armed forces who has continuously served for more than 10 years and his records are worthy to be decorated. The medal depicts a sword and a book in the center, symbolizing the awardee's mastery of both the pen and the sword. The surrounding red color symbolizes the passion of the awardee. This order was instituted in 1944 and has no ranks.
  7. Order of War of Resistance Victory
  8. The Sword Decoration is divided into three level. When a General Rank of the Arm Forces has been awarded the highest level, and had an outstanding accomplishment or achievement on a war again, he will be decorated this decoration. The Honor Sabre of the Awakened Lion was instituted in 1935 for awarding to generals of the armed forces, who, having already been conferred order of the highest rank, have made further contributions. It is divided into three classes for different merit. The first class is decorated with nine lions, the second class seven lions and the third class five lions. In each case, the Chinese characters of "Yi Nan Ting Kung" (Defeat the foreign invaders) and "Wo Wu Wei Yang" (Our military might is known worldwide) are inscribed on either side of the sabre.
  9. An Honor Flag is not divided into levels Any Arm Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force) Troop that has fought loyally and bravely will be decorated with an Honor Flag.
The Decoration of Medal or Sword is by the order of the President, together with a Certificate of the Medal or the Decorated Sword. Aside from ordering the decoration of the Medal or Sword by the President, each Superior Officer can also base on an actual achievement record and submit 'Decorations' recommendation book to the Ministry of National Defense for approval, according to the Administrative System, to be reported to the President, through the Executive Yuan, for approval and decoration; But during the war, it will be decorated by the highest Commanding Officer and submit to the President for filing on a latter day, should also be recorded by the belonging organization.

The decoration of a Medal or Sword to an officer with a General Rank is done by the President or the highest Commanding Officer personally or their representative ; For an officer with the rank of Colonel (or below) and Enlisted Soldiers, the medal is decorated by their Superior Officer or the original organization which recommends.

The decoration of an Honor Flag is reported by the highest Commanding Officer to the President for review and release, and is decorated personally by the highest Commanding Officer, or his representative assign a person to decorate on his behalf. However those with a special achievement will be decorated by a person assigned by the President on the battle field or at the location.

National Glory Precious Tripod Loyalty and Valour Resplendent Banner Order of the Cloud National China Order Loyalty and Diligence Loyalty and Diligence War of Resistance Victory Order

Victory Medals

  1. Scholarship Medal.
  2. Marksmanship Medal.
  3. Seamanhsip Medal.
  4. Flying Medal.
  5. Maintenance Medal.
  6. Special Skill Medal.
Military Men of the Armed Forces who have accomplished one of the following incidents reserve a Victory Award:
  1. Having researched and invented something that can help the military in a battle or military constructions development.
  2. Having participated in all kinds of war skill competitions, and being evaluated with an excellent grades that reached the required standard.
  3. Having participated in all kinds of logistics technical skill competitions, and being evaluated with an excellent grades that reached the required standard.
  4. Having obtained a Doctor Degree in a domestic college or abroad, or Non commissioned Officers having obtained a Master Degree in a domestic college or abroad.
  5. Having written an article (or book) about the National or Defense Military and being evaluated as an excellent work.
  6. Any Military Organization or Group that has an accomplishment can be rewarded a certificate of award.
Scholarship Medal, 1st Grade Scholarship Medal, 2nd Grade World War II Victory Medal

Any person who encountered one the following circumstances should return and destroy his Medal or Sword: Being striped off of his civil rights for life; Being stripped off of his Medal or Sword by an order; Losting his citizenship of Republic of China. Any person who encounters one of the following circumstances should stop wearing his medal or sword: Stripped off of his civil rights and has not been restored; or serving a prison term and has not been released.

When a decorated person has died, his medal or sword need not to be returned or destroyed. Or if a deceased has an outstanding achievement before he dies, and has been approved to be decorate with a medal, but can not be decorated on time, the medal should be released to his direct relatives or spouse. If the unit designation of an Arm Forces Troop has been abolished, the decorated honor flag should be returned to the original decorating organization for cancellation. If gotten lost, a decorated medal or sword may be applied for reissuing. However if the original is found, the reisse report for cancellation immediately. The decorated medal or sword can not be transferred or pawned, The person who violates the rules should return his decoration which must be cancelled and should be punished ; Any person Wearing other's medal or sword will also be punished.

    Defense Service Medal National Guard Long Service Medal
The Long Service Medal for 25 years' service awarded to members of the National Guard is an eight-pointed gilt metal rayed star, each arm composed of a central bifurcated ray imposed on two rays each of shorter length, with loop and circular disc suspension, the disc with two plum blossoms denoting a 1st class award; the face with a circular centrally-imposed gilt and blue enamel medallion of five-lobed plum blossom form within a white enamel ring with alternately inverted 'V' gilt decoration, red and blue enamel rays emanating, imposed on the gilt rays; the reverse with the name of the decoration in Chinese characters and numbered.




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