Issued For: This order is awarded for distinguished service in the armed forces, and for contributions to science, art, literature, or the promotion of culture. Monetary donations are specifically excluded from this award. The Monarch, through the First Lord of the Admiralty, accepts members into the Order based on the advice of the senior officers of the Order. Those awarded this order are permitted to use the prefix ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’ and the post nominal letters of ‘OM’. This order comes in only one class, Knight, and is not hereditary. This award is worn with a neck medal, breast star, and award ribbon.
Issued by: First Lord of the Admiralty on behalf of the Monarch
Order of Precedence: 6