Medal “For Distinction in Military Service”
Medal “For Distinction in Military Service” 1st class (obverse)
Awarded by Soviet Union
Citizens of the Soviet Union
Excellence in combat and political training
No longer awarded
October 28, 1974
March 24, 1975
1st class ~ 20,000
2nd class ~ 120,000
The Medal “For Distinction in Military Service” (Russian: Медаль «За отличие в воинской службе») was a military decoration awarded in two classes by the Soviet Union and later by the Russian Federation (until 1995), to deserving military personnel of the Ministry of Defense, of internal troops and of border troops of both the USSR and Russian Federation. It was gradually phased out following the dissolution of the USSR being replaced by various ministerial awards.
1 Award history
2 Award statute
3 Award description
4 Recipients (partial list)
5 See also
7 External links
The Medal “For Distinction in Military Service” was established on October 28, 1974 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. Its statute was later amended by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet № 2523-X on July 18, 1980.
The award was one of the very few Soviet decorations to be retained “as is” following the dissolution of the USSR. This was confirmed by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation № 2424-1 of March 2, 1992. It was last awarded in 1995 being replaced by various ministerial decorations such as the decoration “For Distinction in Service of Interior Troops of Russia” also awarded in two classes.
The Medal “For Distinction in Military Service” was awarded to soldiers of the Soviet Army, Navy, border and internal troops: for excellent performance in combat and political training; for special distinction in exercises and manoeuvres in combat service and combat duty; for bravery, selflessness, and other services, displayed during military service.
The award was divided into two classes, first and second, the first class being the highest. They were awarded sequentially for continued merit. Each medal came with an attestation of award, this attestation came in the form of a small 8 cm by 11 cm cardboard booklet beari