The Order of Military Merit was established to provide a worthy means of recognizing conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve.
Military nominations shall be processed through the chain of command in accordance with A-AD-200-000/AG-000 - Honours, Flags and Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces .
ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA
Appointment to the level of Officer is made for outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility. This has been interpreted to mean that only Majors to Colonels are appointed, with the occasional Chief Warrant Officer or Chief Petty Officer First Class appointed, usually through promotion within the Order.