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The Order of Distinction is a national order in the Jamaican honours system. It is the sixth in order of precedence of the Orders of Societies of Honour,[1] which were instituted by an Act of Parliament (The National Honours and Awards Act) in 1968. The motto of the Order is "Distinction Through Service".

Order of Distinction
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Officer's badge of the order
Awarded by  Jamaica
Motto"Distinction Through Service"
EligibilityDistinguished citizens of Jamaica and other countries
Awarded forOutstanding and important services to Jamaica
StatusCurrently constituted
ChancellorGovernor-General of Jamaica
GradesCommander (CD)
Officer (OD)
Next (higher)Order of Jamaica
Next (lower)Badge of Honour
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Ribbon of the order

The Order of Distinction is conferred upon citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important services to Jamaica, or to distinguished citizens of a country other than Jamaica.[2] The former are made Members of the Order, and the latter are made Honorary Members.

The Order has two ranks: the higher class of Commander, and the lower class of Officer. Commanders take place and precedence immediately after Members and Honorary Members of the Order of Jamaica. A Member or Honorary Member may be promoted from the rank of Officer to that of Commander.

Commanders of the Order of Distinction are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CD in the case of Members, or CD (Hon.) in the case of Honorary Members. Officers of the Order of Distinction are entitled to use the post-nominal letters OD in the case of Members, or OD (Hon.) in the case of Honorary Members.





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  2. ^ "National Awards of Jamaica", Jamaica Information Service, accessed 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Nation hours 108". Kingston, Jamaica: The Gleaner. 7 August 2001. p. 55. Retrieved 30 October 2017 – via  
  4. ^ Campbell, Howard (23 August 2017). "Keeping the law in music". Jamaica Observer. Jamaica. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ "National Honours & Awards Conferred". Retrieved 14 January 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "National Honours Presented". Kingston, Jamaica: The Gleaner. 17 October 1978. p. 11. Retrieved 26 October 2017 – via  
  7. ^ Lim, Ann-Margaret (1 May 2004). "Remembering Gwendolyn Spencer OD Midwife extraordinaire". The Kingston College Times. Jamaica. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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