The medal was awarded to for 12 years of long and efficient service after 1st July 1980, with clasps awarded for six additional years of qualifying service. Full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment qualify for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
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 green with broad central light blue stripe
Suspender - Straight
Type – Long service medal
Eligibility – Part-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment
Awarded for – 12 years efficient service
Established – Part-time members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment
Post nominals - None
Clasps / Bars – Clasps awarded for six additional years of qualifying service
Description – The medal is silver, 36 mm in diameter. The obverse bears the crowned head of Elizabeth II wearing a state crown and the inscription around the edge ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF. The reverse depicts a scroll with four lines of wording FOR / HOME SERVICE / IN / NORTHERN IRELAND surmounted by a crown, superimposed on a design of flax with harps below.
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