Cadet Forces Medal

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Cadet Forces Medal
Reverse Cadet Force Medal.jpg
Reverse of medal
Awarded by United Kingdom and New Zealand and formerly Australia
TypeLong service medal
EligibilityCommissioned Officers and non commissioned adult instructors of the UK Cadet Forces, and Commissioned Officers of the Australian (prior to 1974) and New Zealand Cadet Forces.
Awarded for12 years service
StatusCurrently awarded
Claspsevery 8 years additional service in NZ or 6 additional years in the UK
Established1 February 1950
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Queen's Medal for Champion Shots of the Air Forces[1][2]
Next (lower)H.M. Coastguard Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (United Kingdom)[1]
New Zealand Defence Service Medal (New Zealand)[2]
Cadet Forces Medal ribbon.png

The Cadet Forces Medal is awarded to recognise long and efficient service by Commissioned Officers and non commissioned adult instructors of the UK Cadet Forces: The Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps, the Sea Cadets and Combined Cadet Force, and Commissioned Officers of the New Zealand Cadet Forces. It is awarded for 12 years service.[3] Additional clasps are issued for every 8 years additional service in New Zealand[3] & for 6 additional years in the UK.[4]

The Cadet Forces Medal was issued to Officers and Instructors within the Australian Sea Cadet Corps/Naval Reserve Cadets, Australian Army Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps between 1950 and 1974. In Australia, the award was superseded in 1999 by the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal which was backdated to include service prior to 1999 not used for the award of the Cadet Forces Medal.[5]

Post Nominals[edit]

Recipients of the Cadet Forces Service Medal do not earn an entitlement to use post-nominal letters.[6]


  • The Cadet Forces Medal is stamped in cupro-nickel in the form of a circular Medal bearing on the obverse the Crowned Effigy of the Sovereign and on the reverse the inscription “The Cadet Forces Medal”, and a representation of a torch. The name of the recipient shall be stamped on the rim of the Medal.[4]
  • The ribbon is one and a quarter inches wide which has a green background, yellow edges, narrow stripes of dark blue, red and light blue being superimposed. The ribbon shall be worn with the dark blue stripe further from the left shoulder than the stripe of light blue.[4]


  1. ^ a b "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3353.
  2. ^ a b "The Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table". New Zealand Defence Force. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b The Cadet Forces Medal Regulations, (, accessed May 4, 2010
  4. ^ a b c "The Cadet Forces Medal, (, accessed May 4, 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  5. ^ The Australian Cadet Forces Medal, (, accessed 23 May 2010
  6. ^ JSP 814 Pt 1 (V1.0 Feb 16): Ministry of Defence. Chapter 7, Section 5, Paragraph 1