THE ORDER OF SAINT MAURICE® has five levels. A nominee for the Order of Saint Maurice must have served the Infantry community with distinction; must have demonstrated a significant contribution in support of the Infantry; and must represent the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence, and dedication to duty. The same medallion is used for each level, with an attachment that identifies the level.
ACTIVE AND RC INFANTRYMEN MUST BE NIA MEMBERS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR NOMINATION FOR THE ORDER OF ST. MAURICE. Nominators may submit requests for exception to this policy for consideration by the awards board.The levels are as follows:
Primicerius (Highest Level) for those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the entire Infantry with a special version of the award going to the Infantry Doughboy Award winners each year. Must be or have been Infantry Branch. Active and RC nominees must be members of the NIA.
Centurion (Middle Level, BDE and BN Officer/NCO Leadership and Special Nominees) for an outstanding contribution to the Infantry. Must be or have been Infantry Branch. Active and RC nominees must be members of the NIA.
Legionnaire Outstanding or conspicuous contribution to the Infantry. Infantrymen and Soldiers of other branches and other US Armed Services are eligible for this level. Active and RC Infantrymen who are nominees must be members of the NIA
Civis For civilian personnel who have supported the U.S. Infantry.
Peregrinus For foreign military personnel who have served in or supported the U.S. Infantry.
SHIELD OF SPARTA – HEROINE OF THE INFANTRY is awarded to a spouse who has contributed significantly to the Infantry. The NIA’s goal is to recognize spouses of Infantrymen and other Soldiers in support roles, whose contributions deserve special recognition by the National Infantry Association and the Infantry community. The award is a token of appreciation for the sacrifice and commitment demanded of the wives and supporters of Infantrymen and other Soldiers. It further symbolizes these women as true patriots with selfless ideals and the courage to send their Soldier into harm’s way.