Special Service Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

The medal shall be awarded for services rendered by the Armed Forces personnel under active service conditions or conditions akin thereto. The medal shall be awarded for minor, short duration operations.

An individual qualifying for the Medal for the first time shall be awarded the medal together with a clasp indicating the part8icular operation for which it is awarded. For all subsequent operations for which the issue of a Clasp is approved, only the Clasp indicating the particular operation shall be awarded. The bar of the clasp shall have the Name of the place of the Operation engraved on it.

Eligible Categories

The following categories of personnel serving in an Operation or Concessional area within the territorial or time limits to be specified separately for each Operation will be eligible for the award:-

(a) All ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and of the Reserve, Territorial and Militia Forces, and civilians of either sex in all walks of life.

(b) All other lawfully constituted forces and security forces operating under the Operational control of the Regular Armed Forces.


Design of Medal and Ribbon

Medal – The medal shall be octagonal in shape, made of cupro-nickel, 35 millimeters in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with the standard fitting. It shall have the symbol of bird ‘FALCON’ inscribed on its obverse, and State Emblem with its motto and the inscription ‘ SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL’ on the reverse.

Ribbon – The medal shall be worn suspended from the left breast by a silk ribbon which shall be 32 millimeters in width. The ribbon shall be divided in three parts with 8mm, 16mm and 8mm, of red colour, steel grey and red respectively.