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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Defence Long Service Medal

The Defence Long Service Medal may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying remunerated service in the Australian Defence Force. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.

Design

The medal is cupronickel. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem surrounded by two sprays of wattle leaves and blossom.

The reverse has a central horizontal panel surrounded by the inscription 'FOR SERVICE IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE'.

Ribbon

The ribbon has a central panel of seven alternating blue and gold stripes flanked by blue stripes gold edges. The colours and design reflect those of the replaced medals.

Clasps

The clasp is a cupronickel 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 Long 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 Long 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 S352) of 10 July 1998 [PDF] [Word]

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

Letters Patent and amendments to Regulations (Gazette S2) of 3 January 2002 [PDF] [Word]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 30 Defence Long Service Medal

Application

Application for Defence Medals

Note: Defence Force Service Awards

The regulations state that members are not entitled to have a Defence Force service award and the DLSM at the same time. The Defence Force service awards are: the Defence Force Service Medal, the Reserve Force Decoration and the Reserve Force Medal.

Members wishing to have previously unrecognised service counted toward the DLSM are required to return the Defence Force service award before the DLSM is issued.

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

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

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