The Anniversary of National Service 51-72 Medal is a commemorative medal instituted by the Australian government in 2001 to recognize the contribution of those who served in the Australian Defence Force during the National Service period between 1951 and 1972.
The National Service was a period in Australian history when young men were required to undertake compulsory military service, including training and deployment overseas during times of war. The medal was awarded to individuals who completed their National Service obligations during the specified period.
The design of the Anniversary of National Service 51-72 Medal features a bronze circular medal. The obverse has an emblem derived from the current Australian Defence Force Coat of Arms, reflecting national service. The emblem is surrounded by the words ‘ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE 1951-1972’. The reverse of the medal has lines radiating from a central nucleus, with the stars of the Southern Cross overlapping. The outside of the nucleus is designed as a cog, representing the influence of national service on the mechanics of the Defence Force in a time of need, thus recognising those who accepted the obligation to serve.
The ribbon of the medal is has symmetrical lines of ochre, light blue, green and white, with central lines of dark blue and yellow.
The Anniversary of National Service 51-72 Medal is a symbol of the service and sacrifice of those who served during the National Service period. It recognizes their dedication and contribution to the defense of Australia, and serves as a reminder of their commitment to duty and country.
This medal is a cherished memento for those who served during the National Service period, and a reminder to all Australians of the importance of national service and the sacrifices made by those who serve their country.