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1. Recognising Operational Service since 3 September 1945

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1. Recognising Operational Service since 3 September 1945

For all operational service since 3 September 1945

New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). Instituted in 2002. To date the NZOSM has been issued to over 20,000 veterans, currently serving military personnel and civilians. It is estimated that over 40,000 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal.

For service in Japan 1945-1949

New Zealand Service Medal 1946-1949. Instituted in 1995. Eligibility extended in 2002. Since 1995 this medal has been issued to over 4,700 veterans or their families. About 13,000 New Zealanders, including several hundred women, are eligible for this medal.

For service during the Berlin Airlift 1948-1949

New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). Instituted in 2002. There is no separate campaign medal recognising service by New Zealand military personnel during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. Instead, these personnel are eligible for the NZOSM.

For service in Korea 1954-1957

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Korea 1954-57”. Instituted in 1998. Eligibility extended in 2002, by removing the exclusion clause concerning those who had already been awarded either the Korea Medal or the United Nations Medal (Korea), or both, for earlier service in Korea. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1998 this medal has been issued to over 730 veterans or their families. About 2,500 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal, including personnel who served on HMNZ Ships Kaniere Nov 1954 - Mar 1955, Pukaki Aug 1955 - Jul 1956, Kaniere May 1956 - Jun 1956, or Royalist Oct 1957 - Nov 1957.

For service in Korea 1958-2000

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Korea 1958-2000”. Instituted in 2008. (Quick link to the Regulations). About 13 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal, who served in Korea as New Zealand Military Liaison Officers accredited to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC).

For service in Korea since 2001

New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Korea). Instituted in 2008. (Quick link to the Regulations). More than 40 New Zealand Defence personnel are eligible for this medal.  These personnel served in Korea with the United Nations Command Honour Guard Company (UNCHGC) in 2001 or 2003, or with the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) since 1 Jan 2001.

For service on HMNZS Royalist during the Suez Crisis 1956

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Near East”. Instituted in 2002. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 2002 this medal has been issued to over 230 veterans or their families. About 550 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal.

For service in Malaya, the Malay Peninsula and Singapore 1948-1966

a) For naval service in Malayan waters 1953-1960

Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 with clasp “Malaya”. Eligibility extended by New Zealand in 2001 to include personnel who served on HMNZ Ships Pukaki Nov 1953 - Aug 1954, Kaniere Aug 1954 - Jul 1955, Pukaki Jun 1955 - Apr 1956, Kaniere Apr 1956 - May 1957, Royalist Jul 1957 - Jun 1958, Rotoiti May 1958 - Apr 1959, Pukaki Jun 1959 - Apr 1960 or Rotoiti Apr 1960 - Jul 1960. This medal recognises the 28 days or more operational service performed by these personnel in ships on patrol in support of operations related to the Malayan Emergency.

New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). Instituted in 2002. The NZOSM only is awarded to personnel who served on HMNZ Ships Black Prince Jun 1955 - Jul 1955 or Royalist Feb 1959 - Jun 1959. This medal recognises the more than 7 days but less than 28 days’ operational service performed by these personnel in ships or craft on patrol in support of operations related to the Malayan Emergency.

b) For Army and Air Force service in Singapore between 1 Feb 1959 and 31 Jul 1960

New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). Instituted in 2002. The NZOSM only is awarded to Army and RNZAF personnel who served on the posted strength of a unit permanently based in Singapore during the last 18 months of the Malayan Emergency. This operational service cannot be recognised by the General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp "Malaya").

c) For land and air service in the four northern most provinces of Malaya (Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Kelantan) between 1 Aug 1960 and 16 Aug 1964

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Malaya 1960-64” . Instituted in 1997. Eligibility extended in 2001 and 2002, by removing the exclusion clauses concerning those who had already been awarded either the General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp “Malaya” for earlier service during the Malayan Emergency, or the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp “Malay Peninsula” for later service during the Indonesian Confrontation. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1997 this medal has been issued to over 750 veterans or their families. About 1500 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal.

d) For naval service in Malaysian waters during the Indonesian Confrontation 1964-1966

General Service Medal 1962 with clasp “Malay Peninsula”. Eligibility extended by New Zealand in 2002 to include personnel who served on HMNZ Ships Royalist Jun 1965 - Oct 1965 or Otago May 1966 - Jul 1966. This medal recognises the 30 days’ or more operational service performed by these personnel.

New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM). Instituted in 2002. The NZOSM only is awarded to personnel who served on HMNZS Taranaki Dec 1963 - Aug 1964. This medal recognises the 8 days’ operational service performed by these personnel during the Indonesian Confrontation.

For service in north-eastern Thailand 1962-1971

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Thailand”. Instituted in 2003 to recognise service with Operation Scorpion in 1962, the United States Strategic Logistic Aid to Thailand (SLAT) programme 1963-1965, the construction of a military airfield at Mukdahan (Operation Crown) 1964-1965, and the Thai-New Zealand Feeder Road Project - late 1965-1971. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 2003 this medal has been issued to over 140 veterans or their families. About 300 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal.

For service in Vietnam 1962-1975

Vietnam Medal. Eligibility extended by New Zealand in 2001 to include members of No.40 or No.41 Squadrons who flew one or more operational sorties over South Vietnam or Vietnamese waters in support of operations between 29 May 1964 and 28 January 1973.

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Vietnam”. (Quick link to the 2008 Regulations). Instituted in 2002 to recognise a variety of service by both military personnel and civilians, who served in Vietnam between 1 Dec 1962 and 1 May 1975, but who cannot be awarded the Vietnam Medal. This NZGSM is awarded to crews of RNZAF aircraft who flew into South Vietnam between 29 Jan 1973 and 29 Apr 1975. In addition, the medal is awarded for 30 days’ service between 1 Dec 1962 and 1 May 1975 by members of civilian medical teams (the New Zealand Surgical Team), the New Zealand Red Cross Welfare Teams, New Zealand Save the Children Fund personnel, personnel of some other New Zealand philanthropic organisations who served in Vietnam, and persons who served at the New Zealand Embassy in Saigon. Between 2002 and 2007 this medal was issued to over 90 New Zealanders.

Update 1 October 2007:  The NZGSM with clasp "Vietnam" will also be awarded to those who served in Vietnam between 1 Dec 1962 and 27 Jan 1973, and who have been awarded of the Vietnam Medal. Acting Prime Minister Jim Anderton told the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association's annual meeting in Wellington on 1 Oct 2007 that the Government has agreed to extend the eligibility for the NZGSM with clasp "Vietnam" to those veterans who are currently eligible for the Vietnam Medal. New regulations for the NZGSM with clasp "Vietnam" are being prepared and they will give effect to the decision shortly. (More information on Jim Anderton's announcement can be found on the Archived News 2007 page of this website).

Update 29 February 2008:  Applications for the NZGSM with clasp "Vietnam" are now being accepted.  Application forms can be downloaded from the medal application forms page of this website.

For service on Operation Armilla patrols in the Indian Ocean 1982-1983

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Indian Ocean”. Instituted in 2002. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 2002 this medal has been issued to over 400 veterans or their families. About 800 New Zealanders who served on HMNZ Ships Waikato and Canterbury as part of Royal Navy Task Group 321.1 are eligible for this medal. These ships conducted patrols and monitored merchant shipping and belligerent activities near the Gulf of Oman.

For service with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula since 1982

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Sinai”. Instituted in 1992. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1992 this medal has been issued to over 1200 serving military personnel or veterans.

In 2002 The Sovereign approved the unrestricted wear of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Medal by eligible New Zealand military personnel and veterans.

For service with the United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team in Peshawar, Pakistan 1989-1991

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Peshawar”. Instituted in 1994. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal has been issued to 26 military personnel.

After the institution of the NZGSM with clasp “Peshawar” the United Nations decided to award the United Nations Special Service Medal to those who served with the United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team (UNMCTT) in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Sovereign has approved the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the United Nations Special Service Medal for New Zealand military personnel who have served with UNMCTT.

For service related to the First Gulf War 1990-1991

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Kuwait”. Instituted in 1992. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal was issued to 119 military personnel.

For service with the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) 1991-1999 or with the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) 2002-2003

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Iraq”. Instituted in 1994. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal has been issued to 142 military personnel.

After the institution of the NZGSM with clasp “Iraq” the United Nations decided to award the United Nations Special Service Medal to those who served with UNSCOM or UNMOVIC. The Sovereign has approved the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the United Nations Special Service Medal for New Zealand military personnel who served with UNSCOM or UNMOVIC .

For service with the Unified Task Force (UNITAF) in Somalia 1992-1993

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Somalia”. Instituted in 1994. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal has been issued to 128 military personnel.

For service with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) 1993-2005

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Cambodia”. Instituted in 1995. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1995 this medal has been issued to 31 military personnel.

After the institution of the NZGSM with clasp “Cambodia” the United Nations decided to award the United Nations Special Service Medal to those who served with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC). The Sovereign has approved the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the United Nations Special Service Medal for New Zealand military personnel who have served with CMAC.

For service in Rwanda 1994

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Rwanda”. Instituted in 2002. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 2002 this medal has been issued to 33 military personnel and veterans. About 35 New Zealanders are eligible for this medal.

For service with mine clearance programmes in Mozambique 1994-2005

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Mozambique”. Instituted in 1995. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1995 this medal has been issued to 21 military personnel.

After the institution of the NZGSM with clasp “Mozambique” the United Nations decided to award the United Nations Special Service Medal to those who served with the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs Accelerated De-Mining Programme (MADP). The Sovereign has approved the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the United Nations Special Service Medal for New Zealand military personnel who have served with MADP.

For naval service with the Multinational Interception Force (MIF) in the Arabian Gulf 1995-1996

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Arabian Gulf”. Instituted in 1996. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal was issued to over 600 military personnel for their service with the Multinational Interception Force (MIF).

For service in Bougainville since 1997

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Bougainville”. Instituted in 1998. Eligibility extended in 2001. (Quick link to the Regulations). Since 1998 this medal has been issued to 900 military personnel and civilian police for service with the Truce Monitoring Group (TMG), the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG), or Operation Concat .

For service with the Coalition Joint Task Force in Kuwait 1998-2001

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp “Arabian Gulf”. Instituted in 1996. Eligibility extended in 2001 to recognise service with the Coalition Joint Task Force in Kuwait from 1998-2001. (Quick link to the Regulations). This medal has been issued to 56 military personnel for their service with the Coalition Joint Task Force) in Kuwait.

For service in East Timor / Timor-Leste 1999-2012

East Timor Medal. Instituted in 2001. Recognising service from Jun 1999 until 27 Apr 2006. This medal has been issued to over 5,000 New Zealanders.

New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Timor-Leste). Instituted in 2007. Recognises service in Timor-Leste from 28 Apr 2006 to 31 Dec 2012. This medal has been issued to more than 1350 NZDF personnel and to over 160 New Zealand Police personnel.

For service in the Solomon Islands since 2000

New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands). Instituted in 2002 to recognise service with or in support of the International Peace Monitoring Team (IPMT) between 2000 and 2002. Eligibility extended in 2004 to recognise service with the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) since 24 Jul 2003, and service during various Police deployments to the Solomon Islands since 6 Oct 2002. 

Eligibility extended in 2007 to recognise service by more than 250 NZDF personnel, mainly RNZN personnel, who served on HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana off Honiara in 2000 and 2001, during the peace talks between the warring factions, and in support of the subsequent International Peace Monitoring Team.

Since 2002 this NZGSM has been issued to over 1800 New Zealanders (including more than 475 New Zealand Police personnel).

For service in Afghanistan since Dec 2001

New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan). Instituted in 2002. Since 2002 this medal has been issued to over 3800 military personnel.

For service in Iraq since May 2003

New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Iraq 2003). Instituted in 2004. Since 2004 this medal has been issued to over 200 military personnel.

United Nations Medals

Full details on United Nations Medals approved for acceptance and wear by New Zealand military personnel and civilian police can be found in the United Nations Medals section of this website.

NATO Medals and other Foreign Campaign Medals

Full details on NATO Medals and other Foreign Campaign Medals approved for acceptance and wear by New Zealand military personnel can be found in the NATO Medals and other Foreign Campaign Medals section of this website.

Second World War Medals

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders who served in New Zealand or overseas during the Second World War have yet to claim the medals they are entitled to for their service in the New Zealand Armed Forces or the New Zealand Merchant Navy. To receive these medals eligible persons, or their families, should apply to the Medals Office.

Applying for Medals and General Enquiries on Medal Entitlement

Full details on how ex-service persons and their families can apply for medals, and on how to make general enquiries on medal entitlement (or about which medals have already been issued and when), can be found on the Application Forms and General Enquiries page on our website.

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2. Recognising NON-Operational Service since 3 September 1945

 

For all attested non-operational military service since 3 September 1945

The New Zealand Defence Service Medal. Instituted in April 2011.

 

 This page was last reviewed 24 June, 2013 and is current.

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