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The Medal for Gallantry was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.
The medal is a gold-plated medal with the obverse having a central device of a Federation Star on a circle of flames representing action under fire. The reverse has a panel for recipient detail over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths. The suspension bar is inscribed on both obverse and reverse with ‘FOR GALLANTRY’.
The ribbon has a design of chevrons of light orange alternating with chevrons of deep orange. The ribbon is worn with the points facing upwards.
A further award is denoted by a gold-plated bar having the Federation Star on a horizontal row of flames. When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of a Federation Star on a gold-plated disc.
Recipients of the medal are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘MG’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.
The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 7 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.