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Volunteer Reserves Service Medal1

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Last Edited: 28 Oct 2021


  • Note for Web*: Volunteer Reserves Service Medal The Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) replaced the separate medals that used to be issued to personnel of the separate Reserve Forces in April 1999.

    The VRSM is awarded to both officers and other ranks of the:

    Royal Naval and Royal Marine Reserves
    Army Reserves (formerly the Territorial Army)
    Royal Auxiliary Air Force

    These medals may still be issued for qualifying service ending before 1 April 1999:

    Royal Naval Reserve Decoration
    Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Reserve
    Territorial Decoration
    Efficiency Medal for the Army Reserve
    Air Efficiency Award for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

    To be considered for the VRSM, you must have:

    10 years’ reckonable service in the Reserve Forces
    earned a training bounty in 9 out of the 10 qualifying years
    to have completed a full years training in the year that the 9th bounty was awarded
    to be serving in the Volunteer Reserves on or after 1 April 1999

    If you go on to serve an additional 5 years reckonable service you’ll be issued a clasp. The clasp should be worn on the ribbon of the VRSM.

    There are complex rules for service that has been both regular and reserve.

    If you think you might be eligible, please contact your Unit HR or apply to the MOD Medal Office.

    Further information can be found in DCI JS 53/99 and AP3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 702 Annex B..1