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New Zealand Defence Service Medal - NATIONAL SERVICE Clasp

Obverse View

NATIONAL SERVICE Clasp obverse view

The image on this page is of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) with the 'NATIONAL SERVICE' clasp.

About the NZDSM

The New Zealand Defence Service Medal was instituted in 2011 to recognise attested military service since 3 September 1945 in the New Zealand Armed Forces. The Royal Warrant for the NZDSM allows for one or more clasps to be awarded with the medal.  The number of clasps awarded to an individual will be determined by the type(s) of military service undertaken by the individual. There are four clasps which can be awarded with the NZDSM: REGULAR, TERRITORIAL, C.M.T. and NATIONAL SERVICE (image shown on this page) .

The award of the NZDSM does not qualify a recipient for the award of the New Zealand Operational Service Medal.


Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

More information

More information on the NZDSM can be found on the New Zealand Defence Service Medal page of our website, including a photograph of the reverse of the medal.