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New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea)

Obverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea) reverse view

About the NZGSM 2002 (Korea)

The NZGSM 2002 (Korea) was instituted in 2008 to recognise New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who have served in the Republic of Korea with the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) or the United Nations Command Honour Guard Company since 1 January 2001. The length of qualifying service is 30 days.

To date, more than 50 NZDF personnel have qualified for the award of the NZGSM 2002 (Korea).

The personnel recognised by these medals have worked to maintain military stability between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Approximately half of the people eligible have monitored military activity in the Demilitarised Zone and in other parts of the Korean peninsula where they have investigated alleged violations of the Korean Armistice Agreement. The 23 Honour Guard Company personnel provided personal security for the UNC Commander-in-Chief in 2001 and 2003.

As at 21 December 2012, three NZDF personnel are serving with UNCMAC in the Republic of Korea.

About the ribbon

The proportions of the ribbon are similar to those used for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992. The ribbon colours for the NZGSM 2002 (Korea) are light blue, yellow, and red.

Light blue and yellow were the colours of the ribbon of the British Korea Medal awarded for service by Commonwealth forces during the Korean War of 1950-1953. Light blue also alludes to the United Nations. Red and blue are used in the flags of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The medal and the ribbon were designed by Mr Phillip O’Shea, the New Zealand Herald of Arms.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 can be viewed here.

Medal Regulations

The Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea) can be viewed here.

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.

Media Statements concerning the NZGSM 2002 (Korea)

Media Statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel in Korea

Recent articles and media releases about the New Zealand Defence Force operations in Korea can be found in the Overseas Operations section of the NZDF website.

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in Korea (dates of service in brackets)

The Korea Medal (2 Jul 1950 to 27 Jul 1953)

The United Nations Medal (Korea)  (1 Jul 1950 to 27 Jul 1954)

The Korean War Service Medal  (25 Jun 1950 to 27 Jul 1953)  


The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike)

- with clasp "Korea 1954-57" (27 Jul 1954 to 31 Dec 1957)

- with clasp "Korea 1958-2000" (1 Jan 1958 to 31 Dec 2000)