Distinguished Service Medal (Australia)
|Distinguished Service Medal|
Obverse of medal and ribbon
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||Members of the Australian Defence Force|
|Awarded for||Distinguished command and leadership in action|
|Established||15 January 1991|
|Last awarded||2014 Queen's Birthday Honours|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Bravery Medal|
|Next (lower)||Public Service Medal|
|Related||Distinguished Service Cross
Commendation for Distinguished Service
The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force for distinguished leadership in action. The DSM was introduced in 1991 and is the second highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSM". Since its inception 136 have been awarded—which includes four Bars—with the most recent being announced in the 2014 Australia Day Honours List.
The Government of Australia may grant an allowance to veterans or serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, or other awards for gallantry. At November 2007, this allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.
- The Distinguished Service Medal is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in nickel-silver. The obverse has a Federation star superimposed on a circle of flames.
- The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar.
- The medal ribbon has alternating vertical stripes: four silver-blue and three ochre-red.
- Distinguished Service Cross (Australia)
- Distinguished Service Order (United Kingdom)
- Distinguished Service Medal (United Kingdom)
- Distinguished Service Cross (United Kingdom)
- Australian Honours Order of Precedence
- "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 - Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
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