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Medals and Decorations of the South African Armed Forces


Medals and Decorations of the South African Defence Force (SADF)


(1952-2003) Carried over from the 1952-75 series of awards. Awarded To members of the Citizen Force for 12 years (until 1986) or 10 years (from 1986) efficient service. After 20 years service, a recipient could qualify for the JCD, and from 1986 he/she no longer had to stop wearing this medal once he/she had received the decoration. The John Chard Medal is made of bronze and is 50,8mm in length and 38,1 mm in width, a ratio of 4:3. On the obverse is a scene, in relief, representing the missionary hospital and commissariat store at Rorke's Drift. In the foreground is a prominent tree and a drift, with the words 'Rorke's Drift 1879' inscribed beneath. At the top edge ofthe medal are the words 'John Chard' and, at the bottom, 'Medalje' and 'Medal'. The ribbon is dark red with narrow dark blue stripes forming the edges. The red and blue stripes are separated by two thin white stripes. The service arm of the recipient, at the time of granting, is indicated by a miniature silver emblem worn on the ribbon of the award as follows: For the South African Army, crossed swords; for the South African Air Force, an eagle; and for the South African Navy, a fouled anchor. In 2003, the African National Congress-led Government of South Africa introduced a new set of military decorations and medals. The John Chard Decoration and Medal are among the awards that were abolished for political reasons.
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