The Military Division is awarded for service in the field or before the enemy or for services to the Empire (Commonwealth). Members (M.B.E.) is part of the five-level hieraRchy of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Obverse: Until 1936, the badge contained a representation of Britannia with the motto “FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE” in a circle around her. The post 1936 (current) badge contains the conjoint bust of King George V and Queen Mary facing left with the motto “FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE” in a circle around them.
The badge is a cross patonce (four arms with three points at each end of a broad arm), with a crown on the top arm. The first three classes are of silver gilt, with the arms enamelled pearl grey; the OBE is made of gilt. The neck badges are 2 1/2″ across and the breast badge is 2″ across.
Reverse: A rope circle with the Royal Cypher surmounted by a crown. Hallmarks on the lower limb. Riband: Pre 1936 Purple, with a narrow central Scarlet stripe Post 1936 Rose-Pink with Pearl-Grey edges and a central narrow Pearl-Grey stripe. An emblem of two oak leaves is worn on the riband when the appointment to the Order is for Gallantry.