Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal.jpg

Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
TypeMilitary award
Awarded forDistinguished service, to all ranks of the armed forces
CountryIndia
Presented byPresident of India
EstablishedJanuary 26, 1960
Precedence
Next (higher)Sena Medal (Army)
Nausena Medal (Navy)
Vayusena Medal (Air Force)
EquivalentYudh Seva Medal
Next (lower)Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak[1]
  • ← Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III. (till 27 January 1967)


The Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) is a decoration of the Indian armed forces. It is awarded to recognize "distinguished service of a high order" to all ranks of the Indian Armed forces.

The award may be granted posthumously and subsequent awards are represented by a bar worn on the ribbon. The award carries with it the right to use "VSM" as post-nominal letters. The medal was originally established as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III".[2] It was renamed to its present name on 27 January 1967. The design of the medal remained unchanged and the change be reflected only in the records.

From 1980, the Yudh Seva Medal was introduced to recognize exceptional services in an operational environment.[2] Since then the VSM has been restricted to non-operational service.

History

The Vishisht Seva Medal was originally instituted as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III" on 26 January 1960. Five other medals were instituted on the same day - the Sainya Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Nao Sena Medal and the Vayu Sena Medal.[3] It was renamed on January 27, 1961, and the badge signed.

Medal

The medal is a 35-mm circular medal, with a five-pointed star in the centre. It is suspended from a straight-bar suspender with the name on the edge. The state emblem with the name of the decoration in Hindi above - "Vishisht Seva Medal" in Hindi. The ribbon is 32 mm long in yellow, with three 2 mm dark blue stripes dividing it into four equal parts

References

  1. ^ "Precedence Of Medals". indianarmy.nic.in/. Indian Army. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ed Haynes. "Vishisht Seva Medal".
  3. ^ "DESIGNS OF NEW SERVICE MEDAL AND THEIR DESIGNS" (PDF). archive.pib.gov.in. 29 July 1960. Retrieved 10 January 2022.

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