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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Reserve Force Decoration

The Reserve Force Decoration may be awarded to an officer who has, on or after 14 February 1975 and before 20 April 1999, completed 15 years efficient remunerated commissioned service in the Reserve Forces. A maximum of three years commissioned service in the Permanent Forces may be used as qualifying service for this award.

Clasps are awarded for each additional period of five years efficient commissioned Reserve service after qualifying for the medal. Regular service does not qualify towards clasps for this award.

From 20 April 1999 the Reserve Force Decoration was replaced by the Defence Long Service Medal. However, clasps can still be issued in accordance with the eligibility criteria.

Design

The medal is an oval cupro-nickel medal surrounded by a gilt wreath of wattle. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem on a rayed background. The reverse is inscribed 'FOR EFFICIENT SERVICE IN THE RESERVE FORCES'.

Ribbon

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

Clasps

The clasp is a gilt 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 oval rosette or a silver miniature Federation Star.

Reserve Force Decoration 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.

Reserve Force Decoration 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

Reserve Force Decoration - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Reserve Force Decoration - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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