|General Description :||Type I of the Order is distinguished by the monogram of Carol I between the arms of the cross, and by his crown on the central medallion. The type I was instituted in 5 grades and could be awarded with swords to signify military merit in peace, or bravery in war. An award without swords indicated civil service.
The ribbon of the type I medal is blue with a 6 mm silver stripe set 3 mm from each side. The officer grade includes the addition of a blue and silver rosette on the ribbon.
Type II of the Order differs from the Type I in that the central crown and the monogram are reversed. That is the crown was moved and is between the arms of the cross, and the monogram of Carol II was moved to the central medallion.
In 1938, a separate 'Military' division of the order was created. Awards of the military division contained the addition of a surmounted crown, and swords between the arms of the cross.
The ribbon of the type II award is blue with a single central white stripe. On the Knight and Officer's badge, the ribbon is 40 mm wide with a 7 mm central stripe. During times of war gold stripes were added to the edges of the ribbon. In instances when the Order was awarded for bravery, the ribbon of the medal of 'Military Virtue' was substituted. This ribbon was red, bordered on each edge with 5 mm light blue stripes. The 'Military Virtue' ribbon was authorized only for the Knight and Officer grades of the order.
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