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Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal

Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal

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Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal

Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Eligibility former National Servicemen
Awarded for service
Status Ceased, Open to those eligible
Established 10 October 2001
Total awarded 127,000[1]
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Long Service Medals of Imperial Origin (until 1992)
Champion Shots Medal[2]
Next (lower) Independence and Anniversary Medals (until 1992)
Foreign awards[2]

The Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal is a commemorative medal awarded to Australians for their service in post-war national service schemes.

There is no post-nominal for this medal.


  • The Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal is a circular bronze medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The obverse depicts an Australian Defence Force emblem with the crossed swords of the Army taking precedence, being the arm predominantly affected by national service. The Federation Star surmounts the emblem. The words 'Anniversary of National Service' are on the perimeter of the medal and the years 1951–1972 are on the central bottom edge.
  • The reverse shows the Southern Cross overlaid on spreading rays and surrounded by a cog: a traditional symbol for the spirit of co-operation between the Australian Defence Force and the community.
  • The ribbon has a central yellow stripe, flanked by two dark blue stripes, which are in turn flanked by white, green and light blue stripes and ochre edges. The central yellow and dark blue stripes represent Australia's national colours of the time, the white, green and light blue represent the Navy, Army and Air Force and the outer ochre stripes represent the soil of Australia.


  1. ^ Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 400. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2. 
  2. ^ a b "The Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards" (PDF). Government House. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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