Defence Force Service Medal
|Defence Force Service Medal|
Obverse of medal (with clasp)
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||Members of the Australian Defence Force|
|Awarded for||a minimum of 15 years "qualifying service", including an assessment of good conduct|
|Status||Closed, but additional service clasps can still be issued to existing awardees|
|Clasps||every 5 years of additional service beyond the initial 15 years|
|Established||20 April 1982|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Centenary Medal|
|Next (lower)||Reserve Force Decoration (RFD)|
|Related||Defence Long Service Medal|
- 40 years
Ribbon with Rosette(s) (top four),
Ribbon with Federation Star (bottom)
The Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) is an Australian Military award given for long service by permanent members of the Australian Defence Force. It is part of the suite of defence force service awards introduced in 1982, which also included the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD, for officers of the Australian Defence Force Reserves) and the Reserve Force Medal (RFM, for non-commissioned members of the Reserve forces). All three medals were replaced in 2002 with a single medal, the Defence Long Service Medal, which is now awarded to all permanent and reserve members irrespective of rank.
Additional service clasps are issued for each further 5 years after the initial 15 year qualifying service period. On the ribbon, a rosette indicates the award of each clasp, although the fifth and subsequent clasps are indicated by a small Federation Star. With the introduction of the Defence Long Service Medal, the DFSM is now a closed award with only clasps to existing awards continuing to be issued.
- The DFSM 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Other Australian long service awards
Other Australian long service awards include:
- Reserve Force Decoration
- Reserve Force Medal
- Defence Long Service Medal
- National Medal
- Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal
- Australian Defence Medal
While not awarded for "long service" per se, the Australian Defence Medal is sometimes classified as a "long service medal" - it is intended to recognise all those who completed an obligation to serve their country (whether voluntarily or conscripted).
- Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 397. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2.
- "The Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Defence Force Service Medal, itsanhonour.gov.au
- DFSM Fact Sheet, itsanhonour.gov.au
- Number awarded, itsanhonour.gov.au