New Zealand Armed Forces Award

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New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Armed Forces Award ribbon.png
Ribbon bar of the medal
Awarded by  New Zealand
TypeMedal for long service
EligibilityRegular Force officers of the New Zealand Defence Force
Awarded forFifteen years of unblemished service[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
ClaspsFor each additional 15 years of service[1]
Statistics
Established6 May 1985[1]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)New Zealand Public Service Medal[2]
Next (lower)New Zealand Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a long service decoration for Regular Force Officers of the New Zealand Defence Force. Established on 6 May 1985, the medal is presented for 15 years of unblemished service.[1]

Appearance[edit]

The New Zealand Armed Forces Award is a circular silver medal. The obverse bears the crowned effigy of Her Majesty The Queen surrounded by the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF. The reverse shows two crossed swords, pointed upwards, with a spread winged eagle superimposed in the centre, surmounted by a Naval Crown. Behind the swords are two fern fronds with their stems crossed at the base. The whole designed is surrounded by the inscription New Zealand above and Armed Forces Award below. The emblems on the reverse are representative of the three services: the New Zealand Defence Force, the New Zealand Army, the Royal New Zealand Navy, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.[1]

The medal is suspended by a ribbon of dark blue, crimson, and light blue. These colours represent the three services, while the black central stripe represents New Zealand.[1] Subsequent awards of the medal are denoted by a clasp worn on the suspension ribbon of the medal or as a rosette on the service ribbon worn in undress.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "New Zealand Long Service and Good Conduct Medals - the New Zealand Armed Forces Award". Medals Awarded to New Zealand Military Personnel]. New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Order of Wear: Orders, Decorations and Medals in New Zealand". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "The New Zealand Armed Forces Award Royal Warrant". New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 20 January 2013.