Medals of the Sri Lankan military displayed on a Sri Lanka Army service uniform
Medals of the Sri Lankan military displayed on a Sri Lanka Army service uniform

The Sri Lankan Armed Forces award medals and their associated ribbon bars in recognition of various levels of service, personal accomplishments and commemorative events while a regular- or volunteer serviceperson is a member of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a serviceperson's career.

Medals for gallantry

An Air Force serviceman in parade uniform, with medals pinned on left breast
An Air Force serviceman in parade uniform, with medals pinned on left breast

Wound medals

Sri Lanka orders

Medals for long service and good conduct

War service medals

All of Sri Lanka's campaign medals (as at December 2020) center around those that were part of the Sri Lankan Civil War. As such, the campaigns took place in the North and East of the island, shown here
All of Sri Lanka's campaign medals (as at December 2020) center around those that were part of the Sri Lankan Civil War. As such, the campaigns took place in the North and East of the island, shown here

Peacetime service medals

Commemorative medals

United Nations Service Medals

A Sri Lankan UN peacekeeper in Carrefour, Haiti in 2010
A Sri Lankan UN peacekeeper in Carrefour, Haiti in 2010

The United Nations Medal for participation in UN peacekeeping operations:

Former decorations & medals

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, possessed a small standing armed force of its own. Here, Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake watches the Ceylon Light Infantry training at the Echelon Barracks in the 1950s
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, possessed a small standing armed force of its own. Here, Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake watches the Ceylon Light Infantry training at the Echelon Barracks in the 1950s

Transition to independence (1949 - 1972)

From its formation in 1949, the Ceylon Armed Forces continued the use of British military decorations. This was discontinued in 1956 with a suspension of nominations for British honours; until Sri Lanka's republican constitution of 1972, the following awards were used:

Colonial (pre-1948)

The following are notable medals awarded by the Colonial government or agents of the Crown that are of historic interest:

Order of precedence

The various decorations and medals are worn in the following order:[11][12][13]

SLAF officer displaying ribbon bars in order of precedence
SLAF officer displaying ribbon bars in order of precedence
Ribbon Award Postnominals Established
Parama Weera Vibhushanaya PWV 1981
Weerodara Vibhushanaya WV 1981
Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya WWV 1981
Rana Wickrama Padakkama RWP 1981
Rana Sura Padakkama RSP 1981
Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya VSV 1981


Karyakshama Seva Vibhushanaya[a]
(Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force)

Prashansaniya Seva Vibhushanaya[a]
(Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force)
KSV

PSV
1972

2000
Uttama Seva Padakkama USP 1981


Karyakshama Seva Padakkama[b]
(Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force)

Prashansaniya Seva Padakkama[b]
(Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force)
KSP

PSP
1972

2000
Desha Putra Sammanaya - 1972
Eastern Humanitarian Operations Medal - 2010
Northern Humanitarian Operations Medal - 2010
Purna Bhumi Padakkama - 1977
North and East Operations Medal - 1983
Vadamarachchi Operation Medal - 1983
Riviresa Campaign Services Medal - 1996
Queen’s Medal for Best Shooter in the Army - 1954
Republic of Sri Lanka Armed Services Medal - 1972
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal - 1953




Sri Lanka Army 25th Anniversary Medal[c]

Sri Lanka Navy 25th Anniversary Medal[c]

Sri Lanka Air Force 25th Anniversary Medal[c]
- 1974

1975

1976
50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration Medal - 1998




Sri Lanka Army 50th Anniversary Medal[d]

Sri Lanka Navy 50th Anniversary Medal[d]

Sri Lanka Air Force 50th Anniversary Medal[d]
- 1999

2000

2001
Ceylon Armed Services Long Service Medal
(Replaced by the Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal)
- 1968
Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal - 1979
President's Inauguration Medal - 1978
Ceylon Armed Services Inauguration Medal - 1955
Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Centenary Medal - 1981
Sewabhimani Padakkama - 2019
Sewa Padakkama - 2019
Videsha Seva Padakkama - 1981
United Nations Medals - Various

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Equivalent
  2. ^ a b Equivalent
  3. ^ a b c Equivalent
  4. ^ a b c Equivalent

References

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