Distinguished Service Medal

Distinguished Service Medal front

Distinguished Service Medal front
Distinguished Service Medal back

Distinguished Service Medal back

Significance

The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for distinguished leadership in action.

It is the second level of the Distinguished Service Decorations.

History

The Distinguished Service Decorations recognise command and leadership in military action. They are awarded primarily to members of the Australian Defence Force.

The Distinguished Service Decorations were introduced in 1991 and replaced a number of Imperial decorations.

There are three levels of decoration:

How it is awarded

The Distinguished Service Decorations are awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.

Distinguished Service Decorations may be awarded posthumously.

If the same person receives a further Distinguished Service Medal it is in the form of a nickel-silver bar.

Recipients have the post-nominals of DSM. Those awarded a bar or bars may also use ‘and Bar’ or ‘and Bars’ after their name.

The Distinguished Service Medal is announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.

 

Medal Design

The Distinguished Service Medal is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in nickel-silver. The obverse has a Federation star superimposed on a circle of flames.

The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar.

Medal ribbon

The medal ribbon has alternating vertical stripes: four silver-blue and three ochre-red.