NZDF Medal update from the Minister of Defence
13 October 2009
Wayne Mapp, Minister of Defence, spoke this afternoon at the 93rd RNZRSA National Council Meeting in Wellington. On the NZDF Medal he said:
“Grappling with the future is one part of my responsibilities. Ensuring that we learn from, and remember the past is another.
Military service places unique demands on people, whether they are deployed overseas or not. The training is rigorous. The discipline can be tough. The hours can be demanding. It is a calling apart from normal civilian life. This is why service in our armed forces deserves special recognition.
The Government is committed to formally recognising non-operational service. This is long overdue. Medallic recognition for those who undertook Compulsory Military Training and balloted National Service has been under consideration since the late 1990s. The Associate Minister and I are currently considering a report from the Joint Working Group proposing the best way forward for this important project.”
For more information on the proposed medal see the NZDF Medal Frequently Asked Questions and Administrative Updates page.
The new medal is intended to recognise military service from 3 September 1945 to the present.
NZDF is NOT currently accepting applications for the planned New Zealand Defence Force Medal. It is anticipated that a call for applications will happen in 2010.
Update on my update