Chief of Defence Force Commendation and Service Chiefs Commendations
About these awards
The Chief of Defence Force (CDF) and each Service Chief (Navy, Army, Air) has a personal commendation badge for awarding to members of his or her Service who perform to an ‘excellent' level either over a sustained period or during a specific event or project. These awards are made to recognise performance which would be unlikely to meet the criteria for a New Zealand State Honour. The Commendations are available to individual military and civilian staff, and to military units. The Commendations are presented with a manuscript narrative outlining the reason for the award. Military personnel wear these commendations on their right breast in uniform.
It is possible for a person to be awarded a CDF commendation and a commendation from his/her Chief of Staff, however, these would be for different reasons. In these cases the Commendations are worn one above the other.
The insignia of the four commendations are shown on this page in the following (top to bottom) order: Chief of Defence Force Commendation; Chief of Navy Commendation; Chief of Army Commendation; and Chief of Air Force Commendation.
There are no Royal Warrants for these awards.
The Regulations for the CDF and Service Chiefs Commendations can be viewed through the links below:
- Chief of Defence Force Commendation
- Chief of Navy Commendation
- Chief of Army Commendation
- Chief of Air Force Commendation
Clasps and Bars
There are no clasps or bars associated with these awards.
Order of Wear
These awards are not included in the Order of Wear. This is because the insignias are worn on the right breast rather than the left breast.
Media Statements concerning the Chief of Defence Force and Service Chiefs Commendations
- 2 July 2008 - CDF Commendation for Lee Johnston
- 10 September 2007 - NZ Soldier receives Commendation for Actions after Attack by Suicide Bomber (Sinai)
- 31 January 2005 - Wellington Territorial Force sub-unit awarded a Chief of Army Commendation