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Decorations

 

Medals of the National Defence System (NDF) signify distinguished service of military and civilian personnel of the National Defence System personnel that are not a part of the system of State Orders and Medals. Ribbons of NDS Medals has different shape than those of State Medals, while their size is the same.

 

 

Decoration - general name for medals, distinguished service and qualification denotations and their insignia.

 

Medal - National Defence System-level award bestowed on a person for his merits or distinguished performance. Parts of the Medal are a medallion attached to a coloured ribbon.

 

Identification rank and duration of service marks indicate status of soldiers of military divisions and duration of their military service.

 

Denotation of multiple decoration - either symbol of Gediminas' Pillars in gold, silver or bronze colours, or Arabic numerals reflecting multiple decorations.

 

Miniature - copy of the original medal of half of its size or a ribbon bar.

 

Reference line - vertical line dividing the top pocket in two equal parts.

 

Ribbon bar - 32 mm length and 10 mm width copy of a medal ribbon.

 

 

Categories of the Medals of the National Defence System in the order of importance:

 

 

1. National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania;

2. Lithuanian Armed Forces;

3. Divisions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

 

 

 

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal of Merit


Medal of Merit (hereinafter called the Medal) is the highest level award of the National Defence System bestowed for extraordinary merits in developing and strengthening national defence over the course of many years, and for dedication in service.
Eligibility of the Medal: for troops of professional war service and active reserve, in extraordinary cases - for military of foreign states for significant merits and personal contribution to strengthening national defence system and its combat readiness; for merits in processing integration into the Euro-Atlantic defence structure.

 

 

 

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service


Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is a National Defence System level award bestowed on civilians for extraordinary merits and exceptional performance in strengthening national defence over the period of many years and for dedication while conducting civilian service.

 

 

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Distinguished Service


Medal for Distinguished Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is a National Defence System medal awarded for an act of outstanding performance of military service. The Medal is awarded to the active military service troops, and to military of foreign states in extraordinary cases. The decoration is bestowed for valour and dedication shown while performing service in life-threatening or other extreme conditions; for personal contribution while leading military units under extreme conditions; for dedication while saving military personnel, military or state property; for exceptional performance of duty in international missions abroad.

 

 

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania General Jonas Žemaitis Medal

General Jonas Žemaitis Medal (hereinafter called the Medal) is a National Defence System award established to tribute the memory of Brig. Gen. Jonas Žemaitis, Chairman of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania Council Presidium. It is nominated to junior officers who have distinguished themselves with impeccable, diligent and honest service in the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Deployment on International Missions

 

Medal for Deployment on International Missions (hereinafter called the Medal) is a National Defence System decoration awarded for successful participation in international operations. The Medal is awarded after the first successfully completed service in international operation. In case of multiple (for every successfully completed international operation) awards the Medal is marked with bronze-coloured Arabic numerals 5 mm in height and width attached to the middle part of the ribbon or strip.

 

 


National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Commemorative Medal of Lithuania's Accession to NATO

Commemorative Medal of Lithuania's Accession to NATO (hereinafter called the Medal) is a National Defence System level decoration awarded on the occasion of accession to NATO for distinguished merits and personal input into strengthening the National Defence System and its combat readiness by facilitating integration into the Euro-Atlantic defence structure. The Medal may be bestowed on citizens of Lithuania and foreign states.

 
Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Merit

Medal of Merit (hereinafter called the Medal) is an Armed Forces level decoration conferred for outstanding merits in development and strengthening of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and dedication in conducting military service.

 

 

Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Distinguished Service

Medal for Distinguished Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is an Armed Forces level decoration bestowed for outstanding distinguished service in developing and strengthening the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The decoration may be nominated for the active service troops, and in extraordinary cases - for military of foreign states for: dedicated performance of duty in extreme conditions, for taking the initiative and resourcefulness in leading a unit while conducting a difficult higher command's task in extreme conditions; for dedication while saving lives of other military personnel (or civilians) in military training or exercise; for exceptional performance of duty in international missions abroad.

 

 Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Injuries

 

Medal for Injuries (hereinafter called the Medal) is the Lithuanian Armed Forces level decoration awarded for injures experienced while conducting service in international operations, protecting sovereignty of state, inviolability of its territory, airspace and territorial sea and exclusive economic zone, defending the state from aggression or other armed assault.

 

 

Statute for the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Contribution to Mutual Support

 

The Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Contribution to Mutual Support (hereinafter the Medal) is awarded and presented for completing a rotation of service with the rotational forces deployed in the Republic of Lithuania. Military and civilian personnel of NATO member states are eligible for the Medal:  after completing the rotation of the rotational forces deployed in the Republic of Lithuania and after having been in service with the rotational forces deployed in the Republic of Lithuania for at least two months and withdrawn for reasons which cannot be attributed to them (injury, illness, service, requirements of the service, or other overriding reasons). The Medal is awarded by decision of the Chief of Defence.   The Medal may be bestowed on an individual only once.  The Medal and the certificate are presented upon the completion of the service in the rotational forces in the Republic of Lithuania.

 

 

 

 

 

Divisions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Distinguished Service


Medal for Distinguished Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is the division level award of the Lithuanian Armed Forces bestowed for outstanding and significant performance of military service by strengthening the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The Medal comes with four different ribbons for four branches of the Lithuanian Armed Forces: Land, Air, Naval and Volunteer Forces.

  

 

Divisions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Outstanding Service

Medal for Outstanding Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is a Lithuanian Armed Forces division level decoration bestowed for outstanding service, and diligence and initiative shown in performing duty.


 

 

Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service


Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service (hereinafter called the Medal) is a Lithuanian Armed Forces division level decoration bestowed for outstanding volunteer military service, diligence and initiative in conducting service.
The Medal is awarded to those members of the National Defence Volunteer Force who have not been charged for violation of order after five, ten, fifteen or twenty years of impeccable service in the National Defence Volunteer Force.

 

 

 Establishing Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal


Establishing Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal is a National Defence System decoration bestowed by Minister of National Defence. It was a state award till 18 June 2002.

 

 

 


 

 Riflemen's Star


Riflemen's Star is a National Defence System decoration bestowed by Minister of National Defence. It was a state award till 13 November 2003.
Riflemen's Star is a token of recognition bestowed to express respect to distinguished riflemen and other persons for merits to the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union (hereinafter called the Union) and Lithuania. Riflemen's Star is bestowed on riflemen for distinctive organisational activities persons or outstanding qualities of honesty, diligence and determination, and on other persons for merits to the Union and Lithuania.

 


 

Riflemen's Star Medal

Riflemen's Star Medal is a National Defence System level Medal bestowed by Minister of National Defence. It was a state award till 13 November 2003.
Riflemen's Star Medal is a token of recognition bestowed to express respect to distinguished riflemen and other persons for merits to the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union (hereinafter called the Union). The decoration is bestowed on riflemen for honest, diligent and devoted participation in the Union's activities, and on other persons for merits to the Union.

 

 

 

Darius and Girėnas Medal


Darius and Girėnas Medal - is a decoration of the National Defence System and the Ministry of Communications, it is awarded by Minister of National Defence or Minister of Communications. The Medal was a state award till 15 December 2003. Ordinarily it is bestowed on anniversaries of Darius and Girėnas' flight across the Atlantic. Distinguished merits to war aviation of Lithuania are recognised by Minister of National Defence and to civilian aviation of Lithuania - by Minister of Communications.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Updated on: 2016-02-05
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