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9 December 2014: The NZDF is now accepting applications for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal from all ex-Service persons and from the families of deceased ex-Service persons.

Applying for the NZDSM online. Just click on the How to Apply Online button below.

How to apply online for the NZ Defence Service Medal

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Most recent updates, media statements and speeches about the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (current information as at 9 December 2014)

Over 54,000 NZ Defence Service Medals issued so far

23 September 2013

As at 23 September 2013, more than 44,100 NZ Defence Service Medals have been issued to ex-Service persons. In addition, more than 9,900 NZDSMs have been issued to currently serving NZDF military personnel.

For further information see the NZ Defence Service Medal Frequently Asked Questions and latest updates page of our website.

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Over 49,000 NZ Defence Service Medals issued so far

5 March 2013

As at 5 March 2013, more than 39,500 NZ Defence Service Medals have been issued to ex-Service persons. In addition, more than 9,500 NZDSMs have been issued to currently serving NZDF military personnel.

For further information see the NZ Defence Service Medal Frequently Asked Questions and latest updates page of our website.

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17 October 2012 - Past honoured at medals presentation

17 October 2012 - Daughter stoked with medal for Dad

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Over 43,000 NZ Defence Service Medals issued so far

4 October 2012

As at 4 October 2012, more than 34,000 NZ Defence Service Medals have been issued to ex-Service persons. In addition, more than 9,000 NZDSMs have been issued to currently serving NZDF military personnel.

For further information see the NZ Defence Service Medal Frequently Asked Questions and latest updates page of our website.

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Defence Service Medal now available to all ex-Service personnel

26 July 2012

Applications for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) have now been thrown open to all ex-Service personnel and the families of deceased ex-Service personnel.

Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, says the medal recognises attested military service in the New Zealand Defence Force. New Zealanders who served in the military for three or more years since the end of World War Two, and those who completed their compulsory military training or national military service obligations, qualify for the medal.

“The NZDSM means that a large number of personnel who served New Zealand loyally and well in a wide range of roles and contexts, but not on operations, are now receiving medallic recognition for their work,” says Lieutenant General Jones.

Due to the large number of people eligible for the NZDSM, the call for applications is being managed in four stages, with priority initially given to processing applications from older living ex-Service personnel. Since April 2011, when the first applications were called for, more than 33,000 NZDSM medals have been issued.

“Now it’s the turn of ex-Service personnel and the families of deceased ex-Service personnel eligible for the medal. I encourage them to apply online using the form on the NZ Defence Force Medals website”. [See Notes 1 and 2, below]

The Chief of Defence says hard copies of the application form are also available at many local RSA clubrooms where staff are available to assist ex-Service personnel and family members with their application forms. Ex-Service personnel that have received the NZDSM who would like the medal to be presented to them formally can contact their nearest RSA as a number of branches are arranging presentations in local communities.

For further information see the NZ Defence Service Medal Frequently Asked Questions and latest updates page of our website.

Note 1: Living ex-Service persons can apply online or can complete and submit a paper application form. If you are able to, please fill in the online version of the application form instead of a paper form. This will assist the processing of your application.

Note 2: Families of deceased ex-Service persons should not fill in the online form because you will need to apply in writing due to the requirement to submit a Statutory Declaration (witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, or Officer duly authorised to take Statutory Declarations) stating that you have the greatest legal entitlement to be issued with your relative's medal, and providing copies of relevant documentation to prove this.

The full instructions are in the Application form on behalf of another person for the award of New Zealand Defence Service Medal - (pdf format 204 kb).

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Revised application forms for the NZ Defence Service Medal

14 June 2012

Revised and simplified versions of the paper applications forms for the NZ Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) have been added to our website today.

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Over 24,800 NZDSMs issued

16 March 2012

Since April 2011 more than 24,800 New Zealand Defence Service Medals (NZDSM) have been issued. Between April 2011 and December 2011 more than 18,000 NZDSMs were distributed, as discussed in detail in our 21 December 2011 update.

Between 1 January 2012 and mid-March 2012 more than 6,800 NZDSMs have been issued. Over 5,500 have been sent to ex-Service persons and more than 1,250 to current NZDF military personnel. Of the ex-Service persons, over 1,980 have been issued with the CMT clasp, over 480 with the National Service clasp, more than 2,250 with the Regular Force clasp, and over 500 issued the Territorial clasp for Territorial / Reserve service. In addition, over 300 ex-Service persons have been issued the NZDSM with two clasps because they completed the service requirements for two or more clasps, e.g. three years in the Regular Force and three efficient years in the Territorial / Reserve Forces. Seven ex-service persons have been awarded three clasps.

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Over 18,000 NZDSMs issued

21 December 2011

Since April 2011 more than 18,000 New Zealand Defence Service Medals (NZDSM) have been issued. Over 17,000 have been sent to ex-Service persons and more than 1,200 to current NZDF military personnel. Of the ex-Service persons, over 5,300 have been issued with the CMT clasp, over 1,300 with the National Service clasp, more than 7,900 with the Regular Force clasp, and over 1,100 issued the Territorial clasp for Territorial / Reserve service. In addition, over 1,500 ex-Service persons have been issued the NZDSM with more than one clasp because they completed the service requirements for two or more clasps, e.g. three years in the Regular Force and three efficient years in the Territorial / Reserve Forces.

In November there have been locally organised presentations throughout New Zealand, including in Alexandra, Dunedin, Masterton, Napier, Takaka, Taradale, Waipawa and Wellington (Johnsonville). For the local media coverage of some of these events click on the links below (which go to the article on the relevant newspaper's website):

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/189251/military-medals-presented

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/187454/services-welcome-escape-office

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/187132/obligation-completed

Medals for ex-Service personnel are couriered by the Defence Force to the home address of the applicant. Ex-Service personnel who have received the NZDSM and would like the medal presented to them formally can contact their nearest RSA or ex-Service persons' organisation, as many RSAs and ex-Service persons' organisations are arranging presentations in local communities. The family, peers and friends of recipients are very welcome to attend these presentations.

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New medal now available for those fifty and over

18 October 2011

Ex-Service personnel aged 50 and over can now apply for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM).

Until recently the New Zealand Defence Force’s Medals Office was accepting applications for the NZDSM from ex-Service personnel aged 60 or over. Since April, when the first applications were called for, over 17,700 applications have been received by the Medals Office and over 13,000 medals have been issued.

Due to the large number of people eligible for the NZDSM, the call for applications is being managed in four stages, with priority given to processing applications from older living ex-Service personnel first.

The new medal means that a large number of personnel who served New Zealand loyally and well in a wide range of roles and contexts, but not on operations, are now receiving medallic recognition for their work.

“The medal recognises attested military service in the Defence Force by New Zealanders. Those who have served in the military for three years or more since the end of World War Two, and those who completed their compulsory military training or national military service obligations, qualify,” Assistant Chief of Personnel Commodore Kevin Keat said.

“Personnel with three years accumulated service, for example, between Regular, K Force, J Force and Territorial service (including RNZNR and RNZNVR) are also eligible for the medal.”

Ex-Service personnel are encouraged to apply for the medal using the online form on the NZDF Medals website.

Just click on the How to Apply Online button below.

Hard copies of the application form are also available through the website and at most local RSAs, which can provide staff to help ex-Service personnel fill in their applications if necessary.

CDRE Keat said, “We have set up a helpline for people with questions about the NZDSM, which is available during business hours. If you require assistance please call 0800 334 772.” (select Option 2).

Ex-Service personnel who have received the NZDSM and would like the medal presented to them formally can contact their nearest RSA, as many RSAs are arranging presentations in local communities.

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Applying for the NZDSM online. Just click on the How to Apply Online button above.

Related media statements:

26 July 2012 - Defence Service Medal now available to all ex-Service personnel

17 August 2011 - Sixty year olds can now apply for new medal

15 April 2011 - Applications open for New NZ Defence Service Medal

Note:  More information can be found in the FAQs below.

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Previous Updates, media statements and speeches about the New Zealand Defence Service Medal

See: Archived Updates, media statements and speeches about the New Zealand Defence Service Medal

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FAQs - NZDSM - current information as at 9 December 2014

NZDSM FAQ Topics

- For everyone

- For ex-Service persons and their families

- For current serving NZDF military personnel

1) For everyone

2) For ex-Service persons and their families

3) For current serving NZDF military personnel

 

1) FAQS for everyone

What is engraved on my medal? And why?

As per New Zealand Defence Force policy all NZDSMs will be issued engraved with the recipient's details on the bottom rim of the medal. The details engraved are Service number (as at qualifying date), rank (as at qualifying date), initials, surname, and corps / Service (as at qualifying date), so the details are often as at three years' service.

These are the same engraving rules as are used by NZDF to engrave campaign medals and long service awards. Engraving details as at time of completing the qualifying service has been custom and practice for medal engraving in New Zealand since the 19th Century, and is also followed by many other countries in the Commonwealth.

No blank medals will be issued as per the direction of the Royal Warrant.

I’ve heard there is a new medal for military service. What is happening? (current information as at 24 April 2014)

The introduction of a New Zealand Defence Service Medal for attested military service (including non-operational and operational) since 3 September 1945 was announced by the Prime Minister on 11 October 2010. The medal is fitting recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the Government of the dedicated service of 160,000 or more ex-Service persons and of thousands of current Service personnel.

On 14 April 2011, NZDF called for applications from ex-Service persons aged 70 or over for the NZ Defence Service Medal.

On 17 August 2011, NZDF extended the call for applications to include ex-Service persons aged 60 or over.

On 18 October 2011, NZDF extended the call for applications to include ex-Service persons aged 50 or over.

On 26 July 2012, NZDF extended the call for applications to include all ex-Service persons and the families of deceased ex-Service persons.

There was a four stage call for applications, due to the large number of people eligible for the new medal, priority will be given to processing applications from the oldest ex-Service personnel.

This is the largest medal issue project New Zealand has undertaken since 1950-1954 when the majority of the Second World War medals were issued.

Quick Link: How do I apply?

What service does the new medal recognise?

The medal is for those who have served in the military for three years or more since the end of the Second World War, including those who did Compulsory Military Training (CMT) or national military service.

It recognises the unique requirements of military service. These requirements include: - commitment to service of the Crown (represented by an oath/affirmation of allegiance),- liability for operational service subject to military discipline and lifestyle,- and imposed constraints on employment conditions and personal freedoms.

In broad terms, the basic eligibility requirements by type of service for the award of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal are:

a. For Regular Force (Navy, Army and Air Force) personnel: three years service in the New Zealand military after 3 September 1945, or completion of initial engagement which began after 3 September 1945. The three years can be accumulated and do not need to be continuous.

Note:  Service after 3 September 1945 while enlisted in an Expeditionary Force (2NZEF, J Force or K Force) will be counted as Regular Force service for the purposes of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. Time served in New Zealand before and after deployment overseas may be counted towards the required qualifying time for the medal (as long as the time served in New Zealand was after 3 September 1945).

b. For Territorial Forces (Navy, Army and Air Force) personnel: three years ‘efficient’ service in the New Zealand military, or completion of initial engagement, after 3 September 1945. The three years can be accumulated and do not need to be continuous.

Notes:  

1. E.g. a person who was efficient in Training Years 1 and 2, not efficient in Training Years 3 and 4, and efficient in Training Year 5 would qualify for the medal in Training Year 5. You will need to have been deemed ‘efficient’ by your unit(s) for a minimum of three separate Training Years to qualify for the medal.

2. Territorial Forces is the legal name (as defined in the Defence Act 1990 and earlier legislation) encompassing the Navy, Army and Air Force part-time service components. The Defence Act 1990 states that "Territorial Forces means the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve, the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, the Territorial Force of the New Zealand Army, and the Territorial Air Force collectively."

c. For CMT (Navy, Army and Air Force) personnel: completion of their obligations under the Military Training Act 1949 and Amendments.

d. For National Service (Navy, Army and Air Force) personnel: completion of obligations under the National Military Service Act 1961 and Amendments.

e. Members of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force who completed 12 months service or their obligations for service in Japan would also qualify. Similarly the 12 months or more of military service in New Zealand or overseas by Second World War personnel still serving on or after 3 September 1946 would qualify these personnel for the award of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal.

Service in categories a. to d. above can be accumulated, if required, to reach a total of three years qualifying service for award of the medal.

In special cases certain shorter periods of service will also qualify for the award when there are deserving circumstances. For example, when a service person:

1) Dies while in service;

2) Is medically discharged due to a total and permanent disability, before completing three years service;

3) Is medically discharged for any other reason after completion of 12 months service.

4) Was discharged through no fault of their own when their service was no longer required as a member of the Armed Forces.

Why is the eligibility start date 3 September 1945?


Because personnel who served New Zealand during the Second World War have already been appropriately recognised by the New Zealand War Service Medal.

Will I be sent a miniature medal as well as a full-size medal?

Yes, one miniature medal will be issued with each full-size medal. The miniature medal will be issued free of charge, which is the same policy as for the New Zealand Operational Service Medal. Miniature medals can be worn on Mess kits, dinner jackets and on evening wear.

Why do we need a Service Medal at all?

The intent of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal is to recognise the unique requirements of military service. These requirements include: - commitment to service of the Crown (represented by an oath/affirmation of allegiance),- liability for operational service subject to military discipline and lifestyle,- and imposed constraints on employment conditions and personal freedoms.

There will be more than 80,000 men and women who will be eligible for this medal who have received no medallic recognition before. They served New Zealand loyally but for reasons of their trade, gender, Government policy at the time, or simply their place in the military posting cycle did not have the opportunity to serve on operational service and qualify for campaign medals. Their service is nonetheless highly valued by the Government and remains an important support role for those men and women who did serve on operational service.

Why did we need to introduce a new medal in 2011?

Most of the personnel who undertook Compulsory Military Training and balloted National Service are now in their 60s and 70s. Therefore, it was important that the medal was instituted in a timely manner, to enable as many as possible of those eligible to wear it proudly on Anzac Day 2012. The majority of volunteers who served in the 1950s and 1960s are also in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

What does the medal look like? Does it have clasps?

Photos of the NZDSM can be seen on the NZDSM section of our website. A written description of the design of the NZDSM can seen on the NZDSM page of our website.

The medal and ribbon is identical for all qualifying personnel, but with clasps to recognise the form of service undertaken. The clasps differentiate Regular, Territorial, CMT and National Service. Every medal will be issued with at least one clasp. The number and combination of clasps will depend on what service an individual completed. NZDF estimates that about 10% of eligible applicants will qualify for more than one clasp.

Where does the medal go in the Order of Wear?

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

Will I be eligible for a War Pension if I receive this medal?

Only if you already meet the requirements for receiving a War Pension. The award of the NZ Defence Service Medal by itself would not confer entitlement to War Pension coverage.

Is the NZ Defence Service Medal going to replace the existing medals for long service? e.g. the Long Service and Good Conduct Medals?

No. The NZ Defence Service Medal is separate from the long service awards system. Eligible persons could be awarded both an NZ Defence Service Medal and a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

I served for two years in the Regular Force and one efficient year in the Territorial Force. Will I be eligible for the new medal?

Yes, you will have the required three years’ service towards the medal. All military service will be recognised on a ‘one for one’ basis – i.e. one year of Regular Force service will equate with one year of ‘efficient’ Territorial Force, CMT or National Service.

In the above scenario, it is still to be decided by Government which clasp you will receive with your medal. The Government’s decision will be published in the Regulations for the new medal. (The Regulations will be posted on this website when they have been signed by the Governor-General and the Minister of Defence).

What types of service do not count towards the new medal?

The following types of service cannot be counted towards the award of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal:

(a) Service by civilian employees of the NZDF (or predecessor organisations).

(b) Service by uniformed or civilian members of other government agencies.

(c) Service by civilian members of philanthropic organisations.

(d) Uniformed service by members of foreign Defence forces with New Zealand Armed Forces while on loan or exchange.

(e) Service by cadets, cadet Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), and Commissioned Officers in the Cadet Forces, including School Cadet units.

Why does this service not qualify for the new medal?

The intent of the New Zealand Defence Service Medal is to recognise the unique requirements of military service. These requirements include: - commitment to service of the Crown (represented by an oath/affirmation of allegiance),- liability for operational service subject to military discipline and lifestyle,- and imposed constraints on employment conditions and personal freedoms.

I’ve heard about the JWG – what is this?

A Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group (JWG) was established by the Government in June 2009 with an independent chair and two representatives from the NZDF, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (RNZRSA), Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand and an observer from the Honours Secretariat and the New Zealand Police. This Group made sure that all eligible persons and groups had the opportunity to comment on the proposed new medal, and that fair eligibility criteria for the new medal were developed.

Did the Joint Working Group look at non-operational service undertaken by military personnel in Malaysia and Singapore between 1966 and 1989?

Yes. The JWG considered this service when it made its recommendations to the Government on the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. The Government and the JWG agreed that only clasps differentiating the broad type of service rendered should be instituted for the new medal, i.e. Regular, Territorial, C.M.T., and National Service. To institute clasps recognising service in specific geographical areas would not be practical given the diversity of places the NZ military has served since 1946.

Note: The JWG is currently undertaking further work on whether or not any of the above non-operational service between 1966 and 1989 meets the criteria for recognition as operational service.

Did the Joint Working Group look at non-operational service undertaken by military personnel in the Antarctic since 1946?

Yes. The JWG considered this service when it made its recommendations to the Government on the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. The Government and the JWG agreed that only clasps differentiating the broad type of service rendered should be instituted for the new medal, i.e. Regular, Territorial, C.M.T., and National Service. To institute clasps recognising service in specific geographical areas would not be practical given the diversity of places the NZ military has served since 1946.

Did the Joint Working Group look at non-operational service undertaken by military personnel in Moscow between 1979 and 1992?

Yes. The JWG considered this service when it made its recommendations to the Government on the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. The Government and the JWG agreed that only clasps differentiating the broad type of service rendered should be instituted for the new medal, i.e. Regular, Territorial, C.M.T., and National Service. To institute clasps recognising service in specific geographical areas would not be practical given the diversity of places the NZ military has served since 1946.

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2) FAQs For ex-Service persons and their families

When can I apply for the new medal? (current information as at 9 December 2014)

You can apply now.

On 26 July 2012, NZDF extended the call for applications to include all ex-Service persons and the families of deceased ex-Service persons.

See the 26 July 2012 media release: Defence Service Medal now available to all ex-Service personnel

There was a five stage call for applications, due to the large number of people eligible for the new medal, priority will be given to processing applications from the oldest ex-Service personnel.

On 14 April 2011, NZDF called for applications from ex-Service persons aged 70 or over for the NZ Defence Service Medal.

On 17 August 2011, NZDF extended the call for applications to include ex-Service persons aged 60 or over.

On 18 October 2011, NZDF extended the call for applications to include ex-Service persons aged 50 or over.

Since 26 July 2012 ex-Service personnel under the age of 50, and the families of deceased ex-Service personnel have been able to apply for the medals.

Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: Medals for current serving NZDF military personnel are being organised via single Services. Current serving personnel will NOT be required to apply for the medal. Current serving personnel are instructed NOT to directly contact the Medals Office, the HRSC or single Service HQs concerning this medal, as this will simply delay the issue of the medal to the oldest ex-Service persons.

Current serving NZDF military personnel can find more information in Section 3 below.

How do I apply? (current information as at 24 April 2014)

Ex-Service persons: Applications can be made online or on the appropriate NZDF application form: Application form for the award of New Zealand Defence Service Medal - (pdf format 210 kb).

Note: The pdf versions of the NZDSM form needs to be printed and signed. They are not designed to be submitted by e-mail.

Families of deceased ex-Service persons: Applications are now being accepted from family members.

Families of deceased ex-Service persons will need to apply in writing due to the requirement to submit a Statutory Declaration (witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, or Officer duly authorised to take Stautory Declarations) stating that you have the greatest legal entitlement to be issued with your relative's medal, and providing copies of relevant documentation to prove this.

The full instructions are in the Application form on behalf of another person for the award of New Zealand Defence Service Medal - (pdf format 204 kb)

Note: The pdf versions of these NZDSM forms need to be printed and signed. They are not designed to be submitted by e-mail.

Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: See Section 3 below for information.

How long from when I apply for the medal until I receive it? (current information as at 24 April 2014)

The medals will be issued to the oldest ex-Service persons first.

If you are over 70, NZDF aims to have the medal issued within two months of your application.

If you are aged between 50 and 69, NZDF hopes to have the medal issued within about three months of your application.

Timelines for those under 50 and families of deceased ex-Service persons: NZDF hopes to have the medal issued within about four months of your application.

How will I receive my medal? Can I have it presented?

Medals for ex-Service personnel will be couriered by the Defence Force to the home address of the applicant. Ex-Service personnel and families who have received the NZDSM and would like the medal presented to them formally can contact their nearest RSA, as many RSAs are arranging presentations in local communities. The family, peers and friends of recipients are very welcome to attend these presentations.

  • Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: See Section 3 below for information.

How do I have my Medal mounted?

If this is your first medal, you will receive the full size medal and the miniature ready for wear - with a clip mount in ‘swing style’. This will allow you to 'put the medal up' without incurring any mounting costs.

Ex-Service personnel with other medals who wish to add this medal to their existing medal set will need to arrange for their medals to be remounted at their own cost.

  • Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: See Section 3 below for information.

Where do I find Medal Mounters?

Information for ex-Service personnel: In almost every community there are men and women who mount medals. Most will charge for that service. If you do not know someone through your local network, all local RSA Clubs will be able to give you names of suitable medal mounters in your community. They will be familiar with the Order of Wear, and have the equipment and ribbon/s needed to do this task for you.

  • Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: See Section 3 below for information.

Where do I get more ribbon for re-mounting?

Information for ex-Service personnel: Supply of NZDSM ribbon to allow mounting or re-mounting is available from your local medal mounter. If you wish to mount your own medals, please complete our electronic contact form or write to the NZDF Medals Office, Private Bag 905, Upper Hutt 5140 and they will mail you the ribbon you need. Note that this ribbon is provided free to you as the recipient. The service also includes replacement ribbon for your existing medals. Please identify all of your medals to ensure the correct ribbon is provided.

  • Note for current serving NZDF military personnel: See Section 3 below for information.

I served in the military in the 1950s. Am I eligible for the new medal?

Yes, as long as you completed the required amount of service as stated above.

Is the medal awarded to those who undertook Compulsory Military Training (CMT) and balloted National Service?

Yes, as long as they completed their obligations under the Military Training Act 1949 and Amendments (for CMT personnel) or the under the National Military Service Act 1961 and Amendments (for National Service personnel).

My spouse passed away several years ago. He/she served in the Army from 1960 to 1980. Will I be able to claim his/her medal?

Yes. The medal will also be issued to the families of deceased service persons. This is the same policy as for New Zealand campaign medals and special service medals. One medal will be awarded per eligible service person or ex-service person. Applications are expected to be called for by NZDF from families of deceased service persons in mid 2012. This is because the Defence Force is prioritising the issue of the medal to the oldest living ex-service persons.

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3) FAQs For current serving NZDF military personnel

 

I am currently serving in the NZ Defence Force. When will I get my medal? (current information as at 9 December 2014)

Medals for current serving NZDF military personnel are being issued via single Services from October 2011. The medals will be issued by the Medals Office in roughly the order of when personnel joined the NZDF, with the longest serving current military personnel receiving their medal first.

Current serving military personnel will NOT be required to apply for the medal. Current serving personnel are instructed NOT to directly contact the Medals Office, the HRSC or single Service HQs concerning this medal, as this will simply delay the issue of the medal to the oldest ex-Service persons.

Note: The issuing of all NZDSMs is carried out by decade and is dependent (the trigger in SAP HCM is based) on the latest enlistment date/re-entry into service.

So, in order to count both periods of service and not duplicate the raising of medals, all current serving military personnel with more than one period of service will be actioned in the last decade they re-enlisted.

For members who have re-enlisted either in the Regular or Reserve Forces, your NZDSM will be actioned as follows:

If you enlisted in the Regular Forces in the... and released in the... and re-enlisted... then your medal will be actioned along with all personnel in the...
1970s 1980s during the 1990s 1990s decade.
1980s 1990s into the Reserve Forces in the 2000 decade 2000 decade.

 

I am currently serving in the NZ Defence Force. When can I add the NZDSM to my ribbon bar? (current information as at 9 December 2014)

NZDF military personnel must wait for formal notification via the command chain of the approval by the relevant authority of their individual award of the medal. Only after this can an individual's medal ribbons be updated to include the latest medal.

How do I have my Medal mounted? I am currently serving in the NZ Defence Force. (current information as at 9 December 2014)

If this is your first medal, you will receive the medal and miniature ready for wear - with a clip mount in ‘swing style’.

If you have other medals (and are a uniformed Service person) you are required to have the NZDSM mounted with your other medals. The correct process is specified in the NZDSM section of the HR Toolkit site. Note: This link only works on the NZDF intranet.

Updated ribbon bars can be produced at the same time, if you indicate this on the MD1249 form you complete.

I will complete my third year of military service in 2015. Will I qualify for the medal?

Yes, the medal will be automatically issued to all personnel who qualify in the future, via your command chain.

 

Latest update for current serving NZDF military personnel

12 March 2012 - Update on NZDSM for current serving military personnel

Important Note: Also see the For everyone FAQs.

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