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Is or was it normal that a Belgian officer got the   Palmes Académiques - Officier de l'instruction publique (France) ?

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Guy,  Many foreigners received the Palmes Academique and not always for academic services. DeLande and others explain this practice which also applies to the Order of Agricultural Merit.


Dave, Yes the Cross for voluntary military service ("Croix des services militaires volontaires") ribbon was somewhat similar to #3 but, in addition, had a narrow white edge stripe.   Some websites do show a blue red blue ribbon for the Cross but do not cite sources for this application.  I am unaware of any regulatory, statutory or other written authority for that usage.  If ribbon #3 in fact indicates a Cross for voluntary military service, the CdG would quite correctly precede it.  

The criteria for the Cross, established in 1934, stipulated meritorious service by French reserve military establishment personnel.  In 1957, the Order of Military Merit ("Ordre du mérite militaire") 'replaced' the cross as recognition for reserve personnel; it employed the same ribbon.  France abolished the Order in 1963 but created the Medal for voluntary military service ("Médaille des services militaires volontaires") in 1975 again using the same ribbon to reward the same type of activity.  

Eligibility conditions for this range of voluntary reserve military service decorations appear to suggest it perhaps unlikely that foreigners would qualify for them. 


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