Legion of Merit
Much of the text here is from the U.S. Army Personnel
Command website. Specifically: https://www.perscom.army.mil/tagd/tioh/awards/lom1.html
The Legion of Merit is awarded to all members
of the Armed Forces of the United States without reference to degree for
exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services
and achievements. The performance must have been such as to merit recognition
of key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner.
Performance of duties normal to the grade, branch,
specialty or assignment, and experience of an individual is not an adequate
basis for this award.
For service not related to actual war the term
"key individual" applies to a narrower range of positions than in time
of war and requires evidence of significant achievement. In peacetime,
service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an extremely
difficult duty performed in an unprecedented and clearly exceptional manner.
However, justification of the award may accrue by virtue of exceptionally
meritorious service in a succession of important positions
The degrees of Chief Commander, Commander, Officer,
and Legionnaire are awarded only to members of armed forces of foreign
nations under the criteria outlined in Army Regulation 672-7 and is based
on the relative rank or position of the recipient as follows:
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Commander - Chief of State or Head of Government.
- Equivalent of an U.S. military Chief of Staff or higher position but
not to Chief of State.
- General or Flag Officer below the equivalent of a U.S. military Chief
of Staff; Colonel or equivalent rank for service in assignments equivalent
to those normally held by a General or Flag Officer in U.S. military service;
or Military Attaches.
- All recipients not included above