25 August 2015

Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced by December 2015, once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.

Essentially, the existing long service awards will remain, but the entitlement criteria will allow all eligible New Zealand military service to be counted. For example, service will be able to be accumulated rather than continuous (as is currently required for some awards). This will deliver a fairer system while maintaining the standing of the long service awards.

The appropriate long service award issued will reflect the majority of each recipient’s service. Persons who already have a long service award will continue to wear the award they have. There will be no swapping of awards.

Current serving military personnel will not need to apply for their long service entitlement to be assessed under the new rules. They will be automatically assessed via the data in their SAP HCM records. Please note that given the number of eligible personnel it may take around six to nine months after the announcement to confirm and issue the medal entitlement for every current serving military Service person.

Applications from eligible ex-Service persons will be called for in the first half of 2016.

Full information on the changes will be released at the time of the formal announcement.


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  1. Dave Wistrand says:

    Dumbing down the system again – will get a gong for signing on shortly and this might allow certain ex criminals who didn’t qualify to retrospectively apply and become the equivilant of those (us/me) who either behaved or smart enough not to get dobbed in. Wonder if it will have NZDF on the ribbon?

  2. gunther says:

    very good decision for those who were “seen off”

  3. Jim D says:

    Not if you read Principle 1.
    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.
    Note the words “have a record of irreproachable conduct and character”…

  4. Dave Wistrand says:

    Of course only the innocent were incarcerated

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