Army Emergency Reserve Efficiency Medal

Era: 1953 - 1967

Established on 1st September 1953 the Army Emergency Reserve Efficiency Medal was awarded for 12 years’ service in the ranks or service in the supplementary Reserves between 1924 and 1948 prior to transferring to the Army Emergency Reserve. War service counted as double.

The medal was abolished in 1967 following the formation of Territorial and Army Volunteers Reserves.


Materials:   The majority of the British medals and clasps are made of solid silver, though some were issue in bronze versions, mainly to Indian non-combatants.  The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter.

Ribbons:    Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed.  Their own colours often have a symbolic significance: the equal stripes of the ‘1939 to 1945 Star,’ for example, are dark blue to represent the service of the Royal and Merchant Navies, red, to represent that of the Armies and light blue to represent that of Air Forces.

Ribbon width can vary slightly though it is generally 32mm wide.

Ribbon – Dark blue with three central yellow stripes

Army Emergency Reserve Efficiency Medal ribbon
Army Emergency Reserve Efficiency Medal ribbon

Suspender - Ornate

Type – Long service decoration

Eligibility – Members of the supplementary Reserves or Army Supplementary Reserve

Awarded for – 12 years of service

Established – 1953

Description – silver oval medal height 39mm, max. Width 31mm. The obverse depicts the monarch’s effigy.  In place of a simple ring suspender there is a fixed suspender bar decorated with a pair of palm leaves surmounted by a scroll inscribed ‘ARMY EMERGENCY RESERVE’. The medal reverse has inscribed ‘FOR EFFICIENT SERVICE’ on three lines of a smooth back.


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