Guidelines for wearing decorations by civilians

At August 28, 2002 the Government of Israel determined the order of wearing decorations, medals and ribbons by civilians. Civilians entitled to these symbols, may were them during remembrance days, official ceremonies and meetings of the relevant organizations.

The insignia should be worn above the left chest pocket or on the parallel place for a dress without such  a pocket. The insignia are to be worn in rows, while the order of the insignia within every row is the chronological order of the acts or services for which the insignia were awarded, with exception of the highest awards (Israel Security Award, the Medals of Valor, Courage and Distinguished Service and the 3 types of citations).

In no case more than 3 ribbons or decorations shall be worn in one row.

  
Rows from top to bottom:

 

  Remark: "Left" and "right" are here as seen standing opposite the person, Left=center of chest
a   Israel Security Award
 
b   from left to right: Medal of Valor, Medal of Courage, Medal of Distinguished Service
 
c   from left to right: Chief Of Staff Citation, Territorial Commander Citation, Divisional Commander Citation
 
   

The Israel Security Award insignia, the Medals of Valor, Courage and Distinguished Service and the 3 types of citations may be combined into one or two rows, in declining order or priority from left to right, provided that there are no more than 3 insignia per row. If there are 4 such insignia they shall be worn in 2 rows. The top row displays the insignia with highest priority.
A citation awarded for an act during a campaign shall be mounted on the relevant campaign ribbon and will not be worn in the row of citations.

     
d  

Campaign Ribbons, from left to right: War of Independence, Sinai Campaign, Six Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War, "Peace For Galilee" War, Second Lebanon War
If need be the ribbons shall be mounted in two rows, the first campaign ribbon in the lower row.
 

e   Service Ribbons for acts before the Independence of Israel, from left to right: Hashomer, Nili, Volunteers, Hagana, Mishmar, Etzel, Fighters against Nazis, Lehi.
If need be the ribbons shall be mounted in two or three rows, the first service ribbon in the lower row.
 
f  

Operational service and unit insignia, from left to right: Decoration of State Warriors, Mandate Prisoners Decoration, Operational Service badge and other insignia
 

g   Medals and decorations of foreign countries, from left to right and top to bottom: war medals, decorations
 

Scheme of order of mounting decorations and ribbons for civilians

 
a    

Israel Security Award

b
b
Medal of Valor Medal of Courage Medal of Distinguished Service
c
Chief Of Staff Citation Territorial Commander Citation Divisional Commander Citation
d3 Second Lebanon War Ribbon
Second Lebanon War
d2
War of Attrition Yom Kippur War "Peace For Galilee" War
d1
War of Independence Sinai Campaign Six Day War
e3
Fighters against Nazis Lehi
e2
Hagana Mishmar Etzel
e1
Hashomer Nili  Volunteers
f
State Warriors Mandate Prisoners Operational Service badge
 
Samples:
   

The correct order of the ribbons War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War and "Peace For Galilee" War, Second Lebanon War

 
   

The correct order of the ribbons Six Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War and "Peace For Galilee" War

 

 


Two correct orders of the ribbons War of Attrition,
Yom Kippur War and "Peace For Galilee" War

 

New - automatic arrangement of ribbons - a rackbuilder 

Source rules: Israel Ministry of Defense website (Hebrew)
Source ribbon pictures: www.zahal.org