Long Service Medals

I am not sure if you are aware but there has been a review undertaken with regard the Long Service and Good Conduct Medals across the three services, Police, Fire, Prison and Customs.  This review has been completed and they are now in the final stages of implementation.   Note the principles were approved by the Minister of Defence in April 2011 but I am informed that there is now light at the end of the tunnel.  Principle 3 means that ‘Boys’ time is now counted towards the medal.  It is general knowledge that 14 years is the magic figure with a maximum of  three silver clasps being issued at 7 year intervals thereafter. Any service extending beyond the three silver clasp will be recognised by the addition of up to a maximum of three gold clasps again issued at 7 year intervals.  In order to gain the medal and all three gold clasps a person would have to serve more than 56 years.



These principles, approved by the Minister of Defence in April 2011, are the foundation for a seamless whole of military career personnel policy in relation to medallic recognition of long and efficient service, and good conduct. All seven principles apply to any award(s) instituted for military long service from 2012.

Principle 1. All Regular and Territorial members of the Armed Forces of New Zealand, as defined in the Defence Act 1990, who serve for the required period and have a record of irreproachable conduct and character, are to be recognised by a long service and good conduct award, governed by a New Zealand Royal Warrant.

Principle 2. Generally, only service in the Armed Forces of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom is considered eligible service.

Principle 3. The qualifying service for any award is to include all military service undertaken by an individual whose conduct and character have been irreproachable during the qualifying period.

Principle 4. The design of any new long service award is to be tri-Service in nature.

Principle 5. Any award is to be egalitarian.

Principle 6. The length of qualifying service for an award, and clasps to an award, should be the same as that required for other long service awards approved by the Sovereign for public sector organisations in New Zealand that is, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, NZ Prison Service and NZ Customs Service.

Principle 7. An award may be annulled, forfeited and restored.

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9 Responses to Long Service Medals

  1. Jim D says:

    Used to be 15 years

  2. Casper says:

    Call me cynical if you must, but I am surprised that isn’t one day for the army and one sortie for the airforce…………..

  3. MOLE says:

    Buggers still owe me $14 for my bar to my LS&GCM.

  4. Casper says:

    That’s not too bad Mole, buggers still owe me 260 NZ Pounds they stole off me when I left Pussers. Work that out with compounding interest since 1963……..

  5. MOLE says:

    Frank what’s going to happen to the Armed Forces Award?

    • Frank Rands says:

      My understanding is that eventually there will only be one award for long service across the three services. I suspect we will see some more detail in the upcoming months, so watch this space.

  6. Gerry Purcell says:

    So we play ’round the barrell’ again !. Twas mid-70’s the NZ Armed Forces Award was introduced to recognise long suffering RF Officers who, until that time, received no medallic recognition for ‘long service’. It had originally been intended that the NZAFA would replace all existing LS&GCMs – but the Territorial Officer’s made enough fuss to retain their VRD and ED.

  7. Mole says:

    VRD’S should have remained with the original title of “VD’s” ruddy PC Socciety.

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