The Order of Military Medical Merit is a unique, private organization founded by the Commanding General of U.S. Army Health Services Command in April 1982 to recognize excellence and promote fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel. Membership in the Order denotes distinguished service which is recognized by the senior leadership of the AMEDD. Members are given a certificate and a handsome medallion that signifies to all they meet that they are members of the Order. You will see members proudly display their medallions at formal AMEDD social functions.
MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA: Membership in the Order recognizes those individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department (for a minimum of 10 years) with selflessness, and have made a sustained contribution to the betterment of Army Medicine. Any Active Duty, Reserve Component, civilian or retired member of the Army Medical Department who, through dedicated application of talent, effort, and spirit, has made a significant contribution having an impact on the whole of the AMEDD, shall be eligible for induction into the Order. Active duty and Reserve Component Soldiers must have demonstrated appropriate Soldiering skills and obtained military education commensurate with their rank. 18Ds, Special Forces Aidmen, are eligible for induction into the Order. A contract employee is not eligible. An individual, whose status is other than the aforementioned association with the AMEDD and who otherwise meets the above criteria, shall be eligible for induction as an honorary member. Honorary members are not eligible to nominate others for the Order. Any member of the Order in good standing may nominate other worthy individuals for induction.
NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR MEMBERSHIP: Any member in good standing may nominate individuals for consideration by the Advisory Council, the governing body of the Order. The final approval authority of the Council's selections is the President of the Order. When making a nomination, ensure that the justification outlines the nominee's specific accomplishments during his/her career with the Army Medical Department to emphasize the individual's worthiness for induction into the Order. The nomination should be addressed to the President of the Order and forwarded, along with the supporting documentation, to the Administrator of the Order.
Please use the following format when nominating an individual for the Order of Military Medical Merit.
The cover letter must provide the nominee’s name, rank, corps, last four numbers of their Social Security Number, Unit of assignment and complete unit mailing address. The nominator will also provide their name, rank, corps, O2M3 Membership Number, email address, unit and complete address of unit, phone number, and signature block. The letter must also include a presentation date and place, if they have been established, and who will be responsible for the membership dues. If the Membership packet is to be forwarded to a point of contact other than the nominator, the name and mailing address must be provided. The cover letter must be signed by the nominator.
Cover Letter Example
Justification: The justification is limited to no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, written in narrative format, using Arial, with a font size of 11 and should convincingly discuss the nominee’s specific contributions to the AMEDD and personal accomplishments during the nominee's career, but as a minimum for the past 10 years of service. The justification should not merely be a reiteration of the nominee's duty assignments and position descriptions.
The nominator shall request a copy of the Officer Record Brief (ORB), Enlisted Record Brief (ERB), DA Form 2-1, Personnel Qualification Record (USAR members), or Civilian Record Brief from the nominee. This will enable the nominee to remove any confidential information from these records and ensures compliance with the Privacy Act. The ORB and ERB must include a DA photo and reserve members using the Personnel Qualification Record will provide a DA photo. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or biography will be submitted for civilian, retired and honorary nominees and is strongly encouraged for Reserve Component and National Guard personnel. A CV is optional for Active Component Soldiers. Supporting documents must be dated within the past 12 months. The Social Security number will be obliterated on these document.
A copy of the nominees Army Physical Fitness Test Scorecard (DA Form 705) and, if applicable, a copy of the nominees Body Fat Content Worksheet (DA Form 5500) will accompany the nomination.
The nomination and supporting documentation should be sent electronically to the administrator. The mailing address is:
Order of Military Medical Merit
P.O. Box 340097
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-0097
The Order of Military Medical Merit is recognized as a prestigious award and the following will be read at every induction ceremony:
You may have noticed some individuals here wearing a medallion supported by a maroon neck ribbon. This signifies their membership in the Order of Military Medical Merit, also known as the O2M3. The Order of Military Medical Merit is a unique, private organization founded by the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Health Services Command in April 1982, to recognize excellence and promote fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department personnel. Membership in the Order Denotes distinguished service, which is recognized by the senior leadership of the AMEDD. We are fortunate tonight to be able to recognize one of our own for induction into the Order. I would like all members of the Order present here tonight to please come forward.
Insert here an executive summary – 2 to 5 sentences – for the specific individual being inducted. I.E. Throughout a 20-year career with the AMEDD, our first inductee has consistently improved organizations and implemented numerous management enhancements to gain efficiencies. While deployed to the Balkans, she raised the standard of care in the Sarajevo and Tuzla Valleys through the teaching of primary care, gynecology and emergency medicine best practices. This accomplished trainer has helped build the next generation of Army physicians through graduate medical education and residency training programs. A stellar citizen, she also freely volunteers within her community and has supported numerous local, national and international events such as the Army 10-miler, the Marine Corps Marathon and the Armed Forces Wrestling Championships. She is currently assigned as (duty position and unit of assignment). Will (name of inductee) please join the members of the Order at the front of the room.
Please remain seated during the reading of the award:
Be it known that the President, by virtue of the authority vested in him and upon the recommendation of the Advisory Council, confers membership in the Order of Military Medical Merit on (rank and name of inductee), who through dedicated application of talent, effort and spirit has made significant exemplary contributions to the United States Army Medical Department. Given under my hand this (day) of (month and year). Signed (name of O2M3 President), Colonel, US Army Retired, President, Order of Military Medical Merit.
UPCOMING NOMINATION SUSPENSE DATES
The August Order of Military Medical Merit Advisory Council will meet on August 27 – the cutoff date for nominations is July 20.
The September Order of Military Medical Merit Advisory Council will meet on September 17 – the cutoff date for nominations is August 31.
The October Order of Military Medical Merit Advisory Council will meet on October 15 – the cutoff date for nominations is September 21.
Please adhere to the suspense dates – late submissions will not be honored. Nominations should be sent 60 days prior to presentation date.
The administrator normally works every Tuesday and the third Thursday and Friday of each month.
If you have any questions, or require assistance, please contact the Order's administrative officer by email, writing to the Order or by calling DSN 471-6008, or commercial (210) 221-6008.