The Guard isn’t a strictly martial group. Orders, rank, and promotions are based on service to the Guard and/or to Dagorhir as a whole, recruiting new members, and sometimes time in service – not on passing Warrior Tests or building armor.
Guard Orders may be awarded to folk from other units or who are no longer active Guard members.
Any Guard member may make nominations, but only members of rank Corporal and above get to vote on who receives awards of Orders. The Guard recognizes Promotions and awarding Orders at Dagorhir camp-outs and Feasts and at Guard meetings (generally about 6-8 times a year).
Guard Orders are not easy to get. If they were, they’d lose their significance; e.g., one good death shouldn’t warrant an Order of Dante — rather, a HISTORY of good deaths every time, crowned by a particularly spectacular death, could earn one a nomination.
Guard of rank Lieutenant or higher aren’t eligible for these Orders — officers are expected (required, even) to perform service and bring honor to the unit.