A 1976 Moroccan Order of Military Merit; Grand Cordon
A 1976 Moroccan Order of Military Merit; Grand Cordon - Grand Cordon Sash Badge: four-piece construction, silver gilt with green enamels, 55 mm x 66.8 mm, on a full-length sash; and Breast Star: four-piece construction, silver gilt with green enamels, 65.5 mm x 80.5 mm, vertical pinback). Intact enamels, very light contact on the reverse of the Breast Star. Extremely fine. Footnote: The Order of Military Merit (Wissam al-Istihkak al-Askari) was founded by King Hassan II on April 12, 1976, to replace the senior classes of the older Sharifian Order of Military Merit on its re-organization. Conferred for eminent and meritorious military services by officers of the armed forces including positions of command, training or the preparation of national defence. The fourth class may be conferred on NCOs, ordinary soldiers and agents of the police and auxiliary service for acts of bravery in the course of security operations or the maintenance of law and order. It is awarded in five classes: Grand Cordon (limited to ten recipients at any one time), First Class: Grand Officer (limited to thirty recipients), Second Class: Commander (limited to one hundred and fifty recipients), Third Class: Officer (limited to five hundred recipients) and Fourth Class: Knight (limited to five thousand recipients).