The Distinguished Service Order is an Award given to The British Military for Combat Service, in which The Recipient actually ''fought'' in ''armed combat with an Enemy''. It dates to 1886 and was authorized by England's Queen Victoria. The Order was typically given to those qualifying Officers in the Rank of Major and above. As of World War II (1943), a potential Awardee had to also be ''mentioned in an official dispatch'' outlining The Officer's ''gallantry''. Over 15,000 Orders have been Awarded. The DSO (as it is abbreviated officially) had been available to lessor Ranks since 1993, and is considered the 2nd highest Award for Gallantry given in The British Army. Routinely once Awarded, a Recipient is allowed to place DSO after their name (in keeping with The English Honor System). This applies even in honorably discharged cases.
The Order is traditionally given (awarded) by a The Queen or (in reality) a Member of The Royal Household Family. A ''Neck Ribbon'', the Device is a White enamel Cross – trimmed in Gold. Centered on The Cross is a Red and Gold Coronet. On the Reverse, the Reigning Sovereign's Signet replaces The Coronet. Both images are surrounded by a Green Laurel Wreath (traditionally awarded for Heroism since Ancient Rome). The Ribbon is Red with Blue edge trim. In Medal form, the same Device is used with a traditional Ribbon attachment. Multiple Awards are identified by the attachment of a Chrome Bar bearing The Royal Coronet. Only 90 such Awards have been given between 1980 and 2017.