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Israeli Army to Award Seven Kinds of Medals for Bravery and Distinguished Service

The Israeli Army will award seven different kinds of decorations for service and bravery on the part of officers and enlisted men, it was announced here today by an Army spokesman. A competition for designing the awards will be announced soon.

The highest order to be awarded by the Jewish state will be “Hero of Israel.” The top six decorations will all be assigned for bravery, while the lowest will be awarded for “distinguished service.” No distinction will be made between officers and enlisted men and no limit will be set on the number of times a soldier nay be decorated. Two of the awards will be reserved for airforce personnel.

A list of soldiers who will receive decorations for past performances has already been drawn up. Many of the medals will be presented posthumously. Holders of foreign decorations will also be permitted to wear them.