Meritorious Service Medal (New Zealand)

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Meritorious Service Medal (New Zealand)
Meritorious Service Medal (New Zealand) Victoria.jpg
Queen Victoria version
Awarded by the Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and Empress of India
Country Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Type Medal for long service and meritorious service
EligibilityWarrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the New Zealand Defence Force
Awarded forTwenty one years of long and meritorious service [1]
StatusTo be superseded by the New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal [2]
Statistics
Established28 April 1898
Precedence
Next (higher) New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal [3]
Equivalent Meritorious Service Medal (United Kingdom)
Meritorious Service Medal (Cape of Good Hope)
Next (lower) New Zealand Armed Forces Award
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Ribbon bar

The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal is a meritorious and long service award for members of the New Zealand Defence Force. Initially established on 28 April 1898 as the Meritorious Service Medal (New Zealand), only members of the New Zealand Army were eligible for award. In 1985, a Royal Warrant established the current criteria for the medal making all members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force eligible for the award. Members of the defence forces above the rank of sergeant, who have at least 21 years of service, and hold their service's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal are eligible for the medal. The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal is to be replaced by the New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal, though holders of the superseded medal are still entitled to continue wearing it. [2]

Prior to 1985 the New Zealand armed forces received the same Meritorious and Long Service Awards awarded in the United Kingdom. Since the end of World War 2 there have been constant moves towards an independent New Zealand honours system. This has resulted in a new system of New Zealand honours, gallantry and bravery awards, and campaign medals.

New Zealand Defence Force combined military forces of New Zealand

The New Zealand Defence Force consists of three services: the New Zealand Army, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Navy; and is commanded and headed by the Chief of Defence Force (CDF).

The New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal is a military award of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Established by Royal Warrant 15 October 2013, the medal may be awarded to recognize meritorious exceptional performance, commitment, or innovation. Military and civilian personnel of the NZDF are eligible for this award regardless of rank or time in service. It will supersede the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.

Appearance

King Edward VII version Meritorious Service Medal (New Zealand) Edward VII.jpg
King Edward VII version

The medal is silver and circular in shape. The obverse bears the effigy of the Sovereign of New Zealand, surrounded by the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID. DEF. The reverse bears the inscription For Meritorious Service surrounded by a laurel wreath, surmounted by a royal crown. Above the crown is the inscription New Zealand. [4]

Silver Chemical element with atomic number 47

Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. The metal is found in the Earth's crust in the pure, free elemental form, as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

Obverse and reverse Front and back side of coins, medals, orders of merit, and paper bills

Obverse and its opposite, reverse, refer to the two flat faces of coins and some other two-sided objects, including paper money, flags, seals, medals, drawings, old master prints and other works of art, and printed fabrics. In this usage, obverse means the front face of the object and reverse means the back face. The obverse of a coin is commonly called heads, because it often depicts the head of a prominent person, and the reverse tails.

Realm of New Zealand entire area (or realm) in which the Queen of New Zealand is head of state

The Realm of New Zealand consists of the entire area in which the Queen of New Zealand functions as head of state. The Realm of New Zealand is not a federation; it is a collection of states and territories united under its monarch. New Zealand is an independent and sovereign state. It has one Antarctic territorial claim ; one dependent territory (Tokelau); and two associated states.

The medal is suspended by a ribbon, 32 mm in width, of crimson with a narrow centre stripe of green. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "New Zealand Long Service and Good Conduct Medals - the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal". Medals Awarded to New Zealand Military Personnel. New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Defence Meritorious Service Medal Introduced". medals.nzdf.mil.nz. New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. "THE WEARING OF MEDALS IN NEW ZEALAND TABLE – A GUIDE TO THE CORRECT ORDER OF WEAR". New Zealand Defence Force. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. "The New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal Royal Warrant". New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved 22 January 2013.