The Order of Saint Martin is a prestigious award for Quartermaster Personnel in the U.S. Army. The award was created in 1997 as a way to recognize service members (and civilians) serving in the Quartermaster Corps for their dedicated service to the Corps. To be eligible for the award you can be Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard or a civilian.
In all, there are three different levels of awards, depending upon your rank, service achievements, and time in service with the Quartermaster Corps.
- Ancient Order of Saint Martin (Gold Medallion) is for personnel with long-term service to the Quartermaster Corps
- Distinguished Order of Saint Martin (Silver Medallion) is for senior Field Grade Officers, CSMs, and DA Civilians who have made a significant contribution to the Quartermaster Corps
- Honorable Order of Saint Martin (Bronze Medallion) is typically reserved for successful Company Commanders, First Sergeants and Platoon Sergeants
Typically the award is approved by the Quartermaster General. If you have Quartermaster Civilians, Soldiers or Officers working for you who go above and beyond what is expected of them, this is a great award to recognize their service.
How to Submit Someone for the Order of Saint Martin
Step 1: Visit their website
Step 2: Sign the Person up for a two year membership in the Association of Quartermasters
Step 3: Purchase the award
Step 4: Nominate the person and have the first O6 Commander in your chain of command sign the application
Step 5: Submit the application for approval to the Quartermaster General
Even though it will cost you some money out of your pocket to do this, I still think it’s worth it.
How to Wear the Order of Saint Martin
In most cases you will wear your medal and ribbon around your neck, outside of your shirt collar and inside your coat collar. For specific instructions, visit this website. In most cases you only wear the award at Quartermaster Functions and/or formal events.
In summary, I believe this award is a great way to recognize outstanding Quartermaster Corps soldiers, NCOs and personnel. It is part of a time-honored tradition in the Quartermaster Corps. As a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Martin Award myself, I am very proud to be affiliated with this select group of Quartermaster Personnel.
To learn more about the Honorable Order of Saint Martin, just click on the link to visit the Association of Quartermaster’s Website. Also, if you have received the award yourself, I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Just leave a comment to this post to share your story. If you have any questions about this award, you can also post those below. Thank you Quartermasters!