Reserve Force Decoration

The Reserve Force Decoration (postnominal RFD) is an Australian Military award given for long service by officers of the Reserve Forces. It is part of the suite of defence force service awards introduced in 1982, which also included the Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM, for all members of the permanent forces) and the Reserve Force Medal (RFM, for non-commissioned members of the Reserve forces). However, the RFD is the only one of the three to carry a postnominal entitlement.

Reserve Force Decoration

Obverse of medal (with bar) and ribbon
TypeLong Service Medal
Awarded fora minimum of 15 years "qualifying service", including an assessment of good conduct
Presented byAustralia
EligibilityOfficers of the Australian Defence Force Reserves
Claspsfor each additional 5 years of service
StatusNot currently awarded, but additional service bars can still be issued to awardees
Established20 April 1982

Ribbon with rosettes
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Defence Force Service Medal[2]
Next (lower)Reserve Force Medal[2]
RelatedDefence Long Service Medal

All three medals were replaced with effect 20 April 1999 with a single medal, the Defence Long Service Medal,[3][4][5] which is now awarded to all permanent and reserve members irrespective of rank.[6]

Additional service clasps, each indicating a further 5 years after the initial 15 year qualifying service, can still be issued to persons awarded the RFD, RFM or DFSM. The first four clasps to the medal are indicated by rosettes. These are replaced by a single silver Federation Star for the fifth clasp. Additional Federation Star emblems are added for subsequent clasps.


  • The RFD is an oval cupro-nickel medal surrounded by a gilt wreath of wattle, ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem on a rayed background.
  • The reverse is inscribed "For Efficient Service in the Reserve Forces" in capital letters.
  • The 32mm-wide ribbon has three equal stripes of azure-blue and gold. The colours were the national colours of Australia at the time of introduction.
  • The RFD clasp is a gilt bar with the Royal Cypher flanked by sprigs of wattle in the centre. When the ribbon is worn alone a clasp is indicated by the addition of a cupro-nickel oval rosette or a silver miniature Federation Star.

Other Australian long service awards include:

While the Australian Defence Medal is sometimes classified as a "long service medal", it is intended to recognise all those who completed an obligation to serve their country (whether voluntarily or conscripted), and is not awarded for "long service" per se.

See also


  1. Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 397. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2.
  2. "The Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards" (PDF). It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  3. "Defence Force Service Medal". Department of Defence. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. "Reserve Force Decoration". Department of Defence. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  5. "Reserve Force Medal". Department of Defence. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  6. "Defence Long Service Medal". Department of Defence. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
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