Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 and as VSM Class-III to recognise the distinguished service of a high order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as VSM.

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. The medal is made of bronze. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with three dark blue stripes dividing it into four equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

  • All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.
  • Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of a high order.

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