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Chief of Defence Force Commendation and Service Chiefs Commendations

Chief of Defence Force Commendation and Service Chiefs Commendations

Chief of Defence Force Commendation and Service Chiefs Commendations obverse view

About the Chief of Defence Force Commendation, the Service Chief Commendations and the New Zealand Defence Force Commendation

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.

In 2017, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Commendation was created for award by the Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF), the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand (COMJFNZ), the Chief People Officer (CPO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Chief Joint Defence Services (CJDS) to military and civilian staff, and units, under their command. The NZDF Commendation has equivalent status as the Service Chief Commendations.

It is possible for a person to be awarded a CDF Commendation, a Commendation from his/her Service Chief, and a NZDF Commendation, however, these would be for different reasons. In these cases all the Commendations can be worn together, with the CDF Commendation being worn first, and the other Commendations worn in the order of the date of award to the individual.

Military personnel wear Commendations awarded personally to them on their right breast in uniform, in a corresponding position to a full-size ribbon bar worn on the left side of the uniform. In civilian dress, these commendations may be worn on the lapel of the jacket (usually on the left side), at the discretion of the recipient. In cases where full-size medals are worn on a lounge/business suit, these commendations are to be worn on the right lapel.

Members of a unit awarded a CDF, Service Chief or NZDF Commendation are not entitled to receive or wear the badge awarded to individual recipients.

The insignia of four of these 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. An image of the NZDF Commendation will be added to this page.

Royal Warrant

There are no Royal Warrants for these awards.

Regulations

The Regulations for the CDF, Service Chiefs and NZDF Commendations can be viewed through the links below:

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.

Administration and Nomination Process

a) Chief of Defence Force Commendation

The Directorate of Career and Talent Management, HQNZDF, administers the Chief of Defence Force Commendation.

To submit a nomination please complete a MD592 form (Note: This link to the NZDF Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet). This is the same process as for the New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM).

For any questions on the nomination process or eligibility criteria for a Chief of Defence Force Commendation please contact Mr David Baguley, Manager Honours and Awards - DTelN 349-8814.

b) Chief of Navy Commendation

Please complete Form RNZN 189 - Nomination for RNZN Commendations. (Note: This link to the Navy Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet). The form is in the 'Form Type: RNZN' section.

For more information on the nomination process see Defence Force Orders for the Navy (DFO(N)), Part 1, Chapter 9, Section 3. (Note: This link to DFO(N) will only work on the NZDF intranet).

c) Chief of Army Commendation

Please complete Form LPF12 Recommendation for a Chief of Army Commendation. (Note: This link to the Army Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet).

For more information on the nomination process see DFO(A) - Defence Force Orders for the Army, Volume 3 - Personnel Matters, Chapter 16, Annex S. (Note: This link to the Army Publications page will only work on the NZDF intranet)

d) Chief of Air Force Commendation

Please complete Form RNZAF500 Chief of Air Force Commendation. (Note: This link to the RNZAF Forms page will only work on the NZDF intranet). The form is in the 'Category: Administration (General)' section.

For more information on the nomination process see DFOs(F) - Defence Force Orders for the Air Force, Part 11, Chapter 7, Section 5, Paragraphs 11.230a to 11.230g. (Note: This link to the RNZAF Publications page will only work on the NZDF intranet). DFOs(F) are in the Administration and Plans section of RNZAF Publications.

Media Statements concerning the Chief of Defence Force and Service Chiefs Commendations

Other Royal New Zealand Navy Commendations

The Royal New Zealand Navy is the only Service to have Commendations approved by the Deputy Chief, Maritime Component Commander and Commanding Officers. These awards for meritorious service are the Deputy Chief of Navy's Commendation, the Maritime Component Commander's Commendation and the Commanding Officer's Commendation. These commendations do not have insignia badges.

For information on these RNZN commendations and the nomination process see NZBR 1 - RNZN Administration Manual, Chapter 8 Honours and Awards. (Note: This link to NZBR 1 will only work on the NZDF intranet).