New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)
Note: The NZGSM (Afghanistan) above is shown with the ribbon for the secondary operational area.
About the NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area
The NZGSM (Afghanistan) was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in Afghanistan from December 2001. There are two qualifying geographical areas for the award. The ‘primary' operational area is within the borders of Afghanistan itself, while the ‘secondary' operational area includes:
- sea areas in the Middle East where New Zealand ships and aircraft undertook maritime interdiction patrols to intercept weapons and other contraband being transported to support international terrorist groups; and
- areas of countries near Afghanistan in which forces were based to support the operations in Afghanistan or support the maritime interdiction patrols against international terrorism.
Different medal ribbons denote the primary and secondary areas.
The NZGSM (Afghanistan) has been awarded to over 3800 NZDF personnel. Over 3000 personnel have received the medal for service in the primary area; with over 800 personnel having completed the required qualifying service in the secondary area.
Amended policy. The new Regulations approved in December 2018 allow personnel who completed the required amounts of qualifying service in both the secondary and primary operational areas to wear both the NZGSM (Afghanistan: Primary Operational Area) and the NZGSM (Afghanistan: Secondary Operational Area). Previously they were only awarded one NZGSM (Afghanistan), and wore it with the ribbon for the primary operational area. See Regulation 10 of the 2002 Regulations for the NZGSM (Afghanistan).
How to apply:
1) Still serving military or civilian NZDF personnel: Please use the online Contact Form to ask NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals to check the SAP and ATLAS records and issue any additional NZGSM.
2) Ex-NZDF personnel: Please complete NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals Form No. 1 - MD1050.
Further information. Further information on service by New Zealand personnel in Afghanistan and in the surrounding countries can be found in the media statements listed below, on the Current Deployments page of the NZDF website, the NZ Army website, the RNZAF website and on the Medals Listed by Campaign table.
Service on maritime interdiction patrols in the Middle East since 7 December 2014. This service is recognised by a different medal, either the NZGSM (Greater Middle East) or the NZGSM (Counter-Piracy) depending on the main operational purpose of the maritime interdiction patrols.
About the ribbon
The proportions of the ribbon for the secondary operational area are based on those used for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands).
The ribbon is comprised of broad stripes of black, red and green, with a narrow stripe of light blue on each edge. Black, red and green have used as the basic colours of a variety of traditional Afghanistan flags since 1900, and in 1929 were recognised as the national colours of the country. It is generally accepted that black alludes to the past, red to blood shed for independence, and green to hope. Green also represents the Islamic faith and is regarded as a sacred colour. Light blue represents the sea and air service performed by New Zealand personnel in areas surrounding Afghanistan.
The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 can be viewed here.
The 2018 Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan: Secondary Operational Area) (pdf file, 372kb) can be downloaded here. The Regulations can be viewed as text / html at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2018/0277/latest/LMS84348.html?src=qs (on the Parliamentary Counsel Office's New Zealand Legislation website).
The 2018 Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan: Primary Operational Area) (pdf file, 369kb) can be downloaded here. The Regulations can be viewed as text / html at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2018/0276/latest/LMS84954.html?src=qs (on the Parliamentary Counsel Office's New Zealand Legislation website).
The previous Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) from 2002 can be viewed here. The 2002 Regulations were revoked in 2018.
Clasps and Bars
There are no clasps or bars for this medal.
Order of Wear
The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.
concerning service by New Zealand personnel operating in the NZGSM (Afghanistan) secondary operational area
- 3 September 2008 - Navy Warship returning home from Persian Gulf Deployment
- 14 July 2008 - HMNZS TE MANA - 21 Day Patrol
- 2 April 2008 - Navy ready for Persian Gulf deployment
- 12 March 2007 - New Zealand re-commits to Afghan Mission - MOD Release
- 7 September 2004 - HMNZS Te Mana Returns from Operation Enduring Freedom
- 15 July 2004 - Navy Frigate TE MANA Races to the Aid of a Merchant Ship
- 14 June 2004 - 1000th NZGSM (Afghanistan) approved
- 14 May 2004 - Multi-National Maritime Operations in the Middle East
- 7 May 2004 - New Zealand Frigate Joins Multi-National Naval Force
- 6 April 2004 - Navy Frigate Te Mana back to the Middle East
- 9 March 2004 - Further NZ Contributions to Afghanistan and the International Campaign Against Terrorism
- 9 March 2004 - FAQ - Further NZ Contributions to Afghanistan and the International Campaign Against Terrorism
- 23 June 2003 - Air Force Deploys C130 Hercules to Operation Enduring Freedom
- 9 June 2003 - Chief of Defence Forces Announces Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan
- 9 June 2003 - Government Assistance to Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq
- Media Statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel operating in the NZGSM
(Afghanistan) primary operational area