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A visible symbol of recognition to you and the wider community that your exceptional efforts have been properly appreciated.

Who is it for?

All MOD Civilians.

What do I get?

Honours recognise your exceptional achievement or meritorious service over and above what might be expected of you in daily activities.

You will receive an award appropriate to your grade. These are:

  • Senior Civil Servants: Knighthood/Dame; Commander – Order of the Bath (CB); Companion – Order of St Michael and St George (CMG); and Commander – Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Grades B1 and B2: Officer – Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • All other grades: Member – Order of the British Empire (MBE)

The awards are announced twice yearly via the New Years Honours list and the Kings Official Birthday Honours list.

Next Steps

  • 1

    Your line manager is responsible for identifying if you should be recommended for a honour and also for considering any suggestions from their staff about nominating a colleague.

  • 2

    Line Managers can make nominations by completing the Honours Citation Form.

  • 3

    Nominations for members of the Senior Civil Service are sent directly to the Civilian Honours Unit and all other nominations should be directed through the line management chain to the designated TLB Focal Point.

    Contact details for each TLB Focal Point can be found in the List of Sponsor Focal Points for Honours

  • 4

    If successfully nominated you will be contacted by the Prime Minister’s office. Normally, you will invited to attend an Investiture at Buckingham Palace but, on certain occasions, alternative venues such as Windsor Castle are also used.

    If preferred, the Investiture can instead take place locally when the award will be presented by the local Lord Lieutenant.

    For further information please read the Policy, Rules & Guidance: Civilian Honours Procedures.

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