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Medal of the Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland
Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny
Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny-braz.jpg
Medal in bronze
Awarded by Polish Ministry of National Defence.svg Minister of National Defence
Country  Poland
Type Three class medal
Eligibility Polish military personnel
Awarded for Long service in the Polish armed forces
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 26 May 1951
Precedence
Next (higher) Meritorious Military Pilot Decoration
Next (lower) Medal of Merit for National Defence
Related Long Service Medal
POL Złoty Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny BAR.svg
Ribbon bar for the gold medal
POL Srebrny Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny BAR.svg
Ribbon bar for the silver medal
POL Brązowy Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny BAR.svg
Ribbon bar for the bronze medal

The Medal of the Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland (Polish language: Medal Siły Zbrojne w Służbie Ojczyzny ) is a Polish military decoration, awarded for long service and excellent work in the army. The medal was first established on 26 May 1951, although the detailed rules and grades were revised 1991 and 1995. Until 1968, it was a state distinction awarded by the head of state; from 1968 it was a departmental award, granted by the Minister of Defence.[1] It continues to be presented as an award of the Ministry of Defence, as the Long Service Medal is a state-awarded decoration, conferred on an individual basis to selected recipients only.[2]

There are three grades, Gold, Silver and Bronze, awarded for 25, 15 and 5 years, respectively. The ribbon is red with double white edge stripes and a central gold or silver stripe for gold and silver awards.

References

  1. Robertson, Megan C. (2 June 2009). "Poland: Medal Armed Force in the Service of the Country". Medals of the World. http://www.medals.org.uk/poland/3republic/3republic032.htm. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. "Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej - serwis internetowy :: Galeria ::" (in Polish). Wp.mil.pl. 2011-04-28. http://www.wp.mil.pl/pl/galeria/4269. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 

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