Establishing Authority

The Multinational Force & Observers Medal was established by the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers on March 24, 1982.

Acceptance by the United States

Presidential acceptance for the United States Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian personnel was announced by Department of Defense Memorandum, "Multinational Force and Observers Medal," dated July 28, 1982.

Effective Dates

This medal has been in effect since August 3, 1981.


The Multinational Force & Observers Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States (and to civilian employees of the Department of Defense) who serve with the Multinational force and Observers for at least 90 cumulative days. Effective March 15, 1985, personnel must serve six months (170 days minimum) with the MFO to qualify for the medal. However, eligibility will be considered to have been satisfied if:

-- The award is made posthumously

-- The member is medically repatriated due to MFO service-incurred injuries or illness

-- The member completes a contingent tour of less than six months, as agreed between the Director General and the respective Participating State.


The design of the MFO medal is based on the logo of the Multinational Forces and Observers organization.

Order of Precedence

The Multinational Force and Observers medal is worn by members of the:

Army: After the United Nations Medal and before the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard: After the United Nations Medal and before the Inter-American Defense Board Medal


Additional entitlements to the MFO are denoted by numerals.

Description and Symbolism


On a bronze medallion suspended by a straight bar (identical to that used by the Distinguished Flying Cross) the MFO emblem: an artistically stylized dove superimposed over an olive branch. At the top, following the contour of the medal, the words MULTINATIONAL FORCE and at the bottom, & OBSERVERS, all superimposed over a cross-hatched background. The dove and olive branch symbolize peace.


The reverse is plain except for the words UNITED / IN / SERVICE / FOR / PEACE in five lines.