The Efficiency Medal regulations
THE EFFICIENCY MEDAL REGULATIONS 1966
PURSUANT to divers Royal Warrants* dated respectively the 23rd day of September 1930, the 1st day of February 1940, the 26th day of August 1944, the 4th day of April 1946, and the 10th day of May 1946 relating to the instituting and creating of the Efficiency Medal, the Minister of Defence hereby makes the following regulations for the purposes of the Efficiency Medal in relation to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers of the New Zealand Territorial Force, approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
- These regulations may be cited as the Efficiency Medal Regulations 1966.
- The Efficiency Medal and clasps are rewards for long and meritorious service
by warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers in the Territorial
Army of Great Britain or other auxiliary forces of the Commonwealth, and, in
New Zealand, are conferred only on warrant officers, non-commissioned officers,
and soldiers of the New Zealand Territorial Force (hereinafter referred to as
the Territorial Force) who have performed the requisite qualifying service under
Provided that prior service in the auxiliary forces of any other part of the Commonwealth, duly certified, shall count towards the requisite qualifying service as hereinafter appearing.
- A subsidiary title to denote the force in which the recipient was serving at the time he qualified for the award is inscribed on the mount of the medal, those medals awarded to the aforesaid personnel of the Territorial Force being so inscribed with the title “New Zealand”.
- In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, - “Auxiliary
forces of the Commonwealth” means the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve,
the New Zealand Territorial Army, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Royal
Naval Volunteer Reserve, and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in the United Kingdom,
and other similar forces of any other part of the Commonwealth:
“Commonwealth” means the Commonwealth of Nations; and includes every territory for whose international relations the Government of any country of the Commonwealth is or has been responsible.
- The medal is granted to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and
soldiers of the Territorial Force who, on or after the 23rd day of September
1931, completed 12 years’ continuous efficient service, including attendance
at a minimum of 10 annual training camps, and who are recommended for the award
by their Commanding Officer:
Provided that service during the period from the 3rd day of September 1939 to the 1st day of March 1950 (inclusive) need not have been continuous.
- The undermentioned periods, though not counting as qualifying service for
the award of the medal, shall not be considered as a break in the 12 years’ continuous
qualifying service for the medal:
- Periods of not more than 12 months between service in auxiliary forces in different parts of the Commonwealth:
- Intervals of not more than six months between periods of service in the Territorial Force or other authorised auxiliary forces in New Zealand, where the interval is not due to the fault of the individual:
- Service in any of the Regular forces of New Zealand or of any other part of the Commonwealth, or in the Reserve of any such forces, whether or not it is taken into account as single qualifying service under regulation 8 (b) hereof:
- Intervals between service in the Regular forces of New Zealand, the New Zealand Territorial Force, the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the New Zealand temporary Staff, the National Military Reserve, or the New Zealand Home Guard during the period from the 3rd day of September 1939 to the 1st day of March 1950 (inclusive):
- Intervals of not more than six months between service in that part of the New Zealand Army known as Kayforce and the Territorial Force or other authorised auxiliary forces in New Zealand:
- Service in the Territorial Reserve:
- Periods of leave of absence from active duties with unit granted under Army Orders:
- Periods of desertion or absence without leave of warrant officers, non-commissioned
officers, or soldiers of the Territorial Force during any period of full-time
service or any period of training:
Provided that they continue to serve after the offence has been dealt with:
- Periods of detention or imprisonment during annual training or any period of full time service.
Double Qualifying Service
- Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers serving in the Territorial Force, or Class I or II of the National Military Reserve on the 2nd day of September 1939 who were mobilised or enlisted for full-time service in the Territorial Force, the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the New Zealand Temporary Staff, the National Military Reserve, or the New Zealand Home Guard may reckon such service (including commissioned service) as double qualifying service from the date on which they commenced full-time duty until the date on which they ceased full-time duty (including any leave due on the expiry thereof) or were appointed to the Regular Force, whichever date is the earlier.
- No such service as aforesaid subsequent to the 1st day of April 1949 shall be counted as double qualifying service.
- Service in West Africa before the 3rd day of September 1939 shall, if properly certified, count as double qualifying service, but any period spent on leave therefrom shall count only as single qualifying service.
Single Qualifying Service
- The following service (not being service that has been previously counted
as qualifying service for any Long Service, Good Conduct, or Efficiency Medal
or Clasp) shall be taken into account as single qualifying service:
- Service in an authorised auxiliary force of the Commonwealth, including
in New Zealand, the Territorial Force or Class I or II of the National Military
Reserve, in which training in peacetime is a prescribed condition of service:
Provided that the service has been efficient according to the regulations of the force in which it was rendered:
- Service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Regular Force, the
2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the New Zealand Temporary Staff, or the
Royal New Zealand Air Force during the period from the 3rd day of September 1939
to the 1st day of March 1950 inclusive:
Provided that the individual concerned enlisted in the Territorial Force before the latter date:
- Service, other than Regular service, in that part of the New Zealand Army
known as Kayforce during the period from the 29th day of August 1950 to the 31st
day of August 1957 (inclusive):
Provided that the individual concerned was serving in the Territorial Force immediately prior to enlistment with Kayforce or, having served with Kayforce, was subsequently enlisted in the Territorial Force.
- Service in an authorised auxiliary force of the Commonwealth, including in New Zealand, the Territorial Force or Class I or II of the National Military Reserve, in which training in peacetime is a prescribed condition of service:
- Personnel who enlisted in the Territorial Force on or after the 3rd day of September 1939 may count a period of full-time continuous service of not less than two months in any one calendar year as the training for the year, but, except as provided in subclause (2) of this regulation, not more than one such period may be counted in any one calendar year.
- Personnel who are entitled to count full-time service twofold under
regulation 7 hereof may count a period of two months of that service as the equivalent
of two annual trainings:
Provided that not more than two of such periods, including equivalent service under subclause (1) of this regulation, shall be reckoned in any one calendar year for this purpose.
Clasp to the Efficiency Medal
- Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers who, having
been awarded the medal, -
- Complete a further six years’ qualifying service reckoned as hereinbefore provided, over and above the initial 12 years required for the medal; and
- Attend at least five annual training camps during those six years; and
- Are certified each year as being efficient according to the regulations of the force in which the service was rendered – shall be entitled to a clasp, to be worn on the ribbon of the medal.
- A further clasp shall be awarded for every subsequent period of six years’ efficient service completed as aforesaid.
- In undress and in service uniform when ribbons only are worn, the grant of clasps shall be denoted by the wearing on the ribbon of a small silver rose or roses according to the number of clasps awarded; such rose or roses, as the case may be, will not be worn on the ribbon when the medal itself is worn.
- Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers who, having been awarded the medal, -
Wearing With Other Long Service Decorations or Medals
- The Efficiency Medal and any clasp may be worn with the Efficiency Decoration and any clasp, or with any other medal awarded for long service or good conduct, only if the full qualifying service in respect of each such award has been completed separately.
Applications for Medals
- Applications for the medal shall be made on Army form N.Z. 79, and shall be forwarded to Army Headquarters through the normal channels. The District, etc., Commander must certify the applicants as being efficient and thoroughly capable, and in every way deserving of the Efficiency Medal. Personnel concerned who are no longer serving shall forward their applications through the unit in which they completed their qualifying service for the medal or, if the unit has been disband, directly to Army Headquarters. All such applications must be recommended by the officer who commanded the unit at the time when the applicant completed his qualifying service, and if that officer is not available, the unit shall state the fact on the application when forwarding it to Army Headquarters for consideration.
- All awards of the medal shall be subject to the approval of the Adjutant-General, and the names of those upon whom he confers the medal shall be published in Army Orders, and a register of the awards shall be kept and maintained at Army Headquarters.
Forfeiture and Restoration
- Any person to whom the medal has been awarded who has deserted the forces or suffers death through sentence of Court-martial, or is cashiered, dismissed, or removed from the forces for misconduct, shall forfeit the medal and any clasp or clasps.
- Any person to whom the medal has been awarded, or who may be entitled to the medal or to any clasp or clasps, who is convicted of an offence of treason, sedition, mutiny, cowardice, desertion, or disgraceful conduct of any unnatural kind, or who is convicted of a criminal offence by the civil power, shall forfeit the medal and any clasp or clasps or any entitlement thereto.
- In any case in which the medal has been forfeited under these regulations or the corresponding of any former regulations, the New Zealand Defence Council or the Army Board of the New Zealand Defence Council acting pursuant to powers delegated to it by the Council, may approve of the restoration of the medal and any clasp or clasps.
- The Efficiency Medal Regulations 1954* are hereby revoked.
Dated at Wellington this 23rd day of March 1966.
Dean J. Eyre, Minister of Defence.
Issued under the authority of the Regulations Act 1936.
Date of notification in Gazette: 31 March 1966.
These regulations are administered in the Ministry of Defence.
WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND: Printed under the authority of the
New Zealand Government by R. E. OWEN, Government Printers – 1966
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