The Slothjemian military loves its awards nearly as much as it loves getting itself into combat. However, there aren’t many different awards to be had. Of the seven medals that are given, three of them are only available to unit and army commanders. Another is only given to soldiers that are injured in combat or posthumously to those killed in battle. All of the medals are typically jorish in appearance with plenty of curves and sharp points. The medals are made of silver; the most precious metal to be routinely used in Slothjemian decorations. Enamel is used to add color and they are treated specifically to prevent incidental damage and make the medal last for many years to come.
The three awards for individual heroics are given for varying degrees of notable actions. The Bravery Medal is given for risking one’s own life in order to save comrades or to aggressively pursue the tactical goals being sought. Once a soldier is determined to have qualified for this award they may then be considered for either of the next two levels of heroism awards as well. Sometimes the actions of the individual are such that instead of the Bravery Medal they are given the Valor Medal or Gallantry Medal instead. The Valor Medal is given far less frequently than the Bravery Medal due to the requirements for it are significantly greater. Usually there is only one or two of these given within a unit engaged in battle unless the circumstances demand it. The Gallantry Medal is even more prestigious. Even in the most lopsided and violent wars there are rarely more than a couple of these awards given to the most heroic participants.
The Sacrifice Medal is the only award given for injuries sustained in battle, and accordingly there are a lot of them handed out after every battle or skirmish. This is after all the age of melee combat and close hand-to-hand warfare. Virtually every fight is going to result in most if not everyone getting injured regardless of rank. Soldiers that are killed in a fight are given this award posthumously with the medal being given to their next of kin. Like all medals these are among a family’s most cherished items and will never be sold or given to somebody else as a souvenir.
The last three medals are command awards, and are only handed out to the commanders of formations within an army or the general of the army involved. A captain that leads their company heroically to a victory against long odds might be given the Victory Medal. Similarly a commander that is able to drive the enemy from the field completely against difficult odds might earn the Triumph Medal, and a general or field marshal that overcomes overwhelming odds to push an enemy to total capitulation would earn the Vanquish Medal. It is quite uncommon for any officer to earn even the least of these awards, and more rare for the other two. Only one Vanquish Medal was given during the Romillian War, for instance, and that was to a general that had disobeyed orders to show up to a fight with his army that he wasn’t supposed to be in. Such a commendation is a real honor for those that get it and it carries real weight politically and in terms of furthering an officer’s reputation among their peers.