Bronze Service Medal
|Bronze Service Medal|
|Awarded by the President|
|Type||Military long service medal|
|Eligibility||Azanian People's Liberation Army cadres|
|Awarded for||Ten years exemplary service|
|Status||Discontinued in 2003|
|APLA 1996 & SANDF post-2002 orders of wear|
The Bronze Service Medal was instituted by the President of the Republic of South Africa in April 1996. It was awarded to veteran cadres of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress, for ten years of exemplary service.
Azanian People's Liberation Army
The Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA) was the para-military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). It was established in 1961 to wage an armed "struggle" against the Nationalist government inside South Africa. On 27 April 1994 the Azanian People's Liberation Army was amalgamated with six other military forces into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
The Bronze Service Medal was instituted by the President of South Africa in April 1996. It is the junior award of a set of three medals for long service, along with the Gold Service Medal and the Silver Service Medal.
The Azanian People's Liberation Army's military decorations and medals were modelled on those of the South African Defence Force and these three medals are the approximate equivalents of, respectively, the Good Service Medal, Gold, the Good Service Medal, Silver and the Good Service Medal, Bronze.
Order of wear
The position of the Bronze Service Medal in the official military and national orders of precedence was revised upon the institution of a new set of honours on 27 April 2003, but it remained unchanged.
- Azanian People's Liberation Army
- South African National Defence Force until 26 April 2003
- Official SANDF order of precedence:
- Official national order of precedence:
The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with an 8 millimetres wide black band and a 4 millimetres wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by an 8 millimetres wide green band in the centre.
Conferment of the Bronze Service Medal was discontinued upon the institution of a new set of honours on 27 April 2003.
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