Civil decorations awarded to military personnel should not be considered military decorations, although some orders of chivalry have civil and military divisions. Decorations received by police and fire brigade personnel may sometimes be considered alongside military decorations, on which they may be modelled, although they are strictly not military awards.
Decorations are known since ancient times. Celts and Romans worn a torc, Dayaks (head-hunters]] worn and still wear tattoos, etc. Necklaces and bracelets were given during the early Middle Age, evolving in richly jewelled big necklaces, often with a pendant (commonly a medal) attached.
Today military decorations include:
See also: List of military decorations