The Order of Saint Maurice and the Shield of Sparta are awarded by the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry. A nomination on an individual for the Order of Saint Maurice or the Shield of Sparta must be submitted by an active member of the NIA. If it is submitted by any individual who is not a member of the NIA it will be returned without action.
When an award nomination is submitted to the NIA, it is reviewed for completeness, and presented to an awards board. It is hoped that when an individual is nominated for this award, the nominator has taken sufficient time to prepare a nomination packet that does the potential awardee justice. The board reviews each award nomination on its merits and the criteria adopted by the NIA. The panel will determine whether to approve or decline a nomination as submitted, or whether to upgrade or downgrade an award nomination. Once the award panel has reviewed and approved a nomination, a serial number is attached to the submitted award, and then information is forwarded to an engraver to have the name and serial number engraved on the medallion. PLEASE NOTE: Nominators whose nominations are declined will be refunded (upon request) $25.00 for OSM and $10.00 for SOS. The award certificate is signed by the Chief of Infantry and the NIA President. A letter announcing the award is prepared and then the packet is ready for shipment.
Nominators who contact the NIA Awards Manger concerning the status of their awards should not do so earlier than one week after the scheduled Board meeting. Information will not be given to prospective recipients. The nominator will be responsible for induction of the recipient into the Order of Saint Maurice and presentation of the medallion and certificate.
A copy of the media coverage or photograph of presentations may be forwarded to the NIA for inclusion in the Infantry Bugler magazine.
These awards are the property of the National Infantry Association Inc., and are not permitted to be used by any other organization or activity, without the expressed permission of the NIA.