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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Defence Force Service Medal

To qualify for a Defence Force Service Medal, a member is required to complete 15 years of efficient remunerated service prior to 20 April 1999 and must have been serving on or after 14 February 1975.

A maximum of three years service in the Reserve Forces may be used as qualifying service for this award.

Clasps are awarded for each further periods of 5 years efficient regular service. Reserve service and Continuous Full Time service in the Reserve does not qualify towards clasps for this medal.

From 20 April 1999 the Defence Force Service Medal was replaced by the Defence Long Service Medal. Qualifying service for clasps can be accrued after 19 April 1999.

Design

The medal is a cupro-nickel circular chamfered medal. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem.

The reverse is inscribed 'FOR EFFICIENT SERVICE IN THE PERMANENT FORCES' around the circumference.

Ribbon

The ribbon has three equal stripes of gold and azure-blue edged with azure-blue. The colours were the national colours of Australia at the time of introduction.

Clasps

The clasp is a cupro-nickel bar with the Royal Cypher flanked by sprigs of wattle in the centre.

When the ribbon is worn alone a clasp is indicated by the addition of a cupro-nickel round rosette, or a silver miniature Federation Star.

Defence Force Service Medal ribbon bar with one Rosette - Click to open high resolution version in new window

The first four clasps to the medal are indicated by rosettes. These are replaced by a single silver Federation Star for the fifth clasp. Additional Federation Star emblems are added for subsequent clasps.

Defence Force Service Medal ribbon bar with one Federation Star - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Order of Wear

The medal is worn in the position notified by the Governor-General in The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S78) of 27 April 1982 [PDF] [Word]

Letters Patent and amendments to Regulations (Gazette S352) of 10 July 1998 [PDF] [Word]

Letters Patent and amendments to Regulations (Gazette S160) of 30 March 2000 [PDF] [Word]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 29 Defence Force Service Awards

Application

Application for Defence Medals

Defence Force Service Medal - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Defence Force Service Medal - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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