Shape of TD and VRSM

Can anyone tell me why the TA long service medals (TD and VRSM) are oval shaped, rather than circular as is the case for the LS&GC?
I don't know about the VRSM, but it might be because the TD is an "order" and has post-nominals? Or the MoD were trying to save money by using less metal?

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The TD is that shape because it is a decoration. The TEM was circular like the LSGC. When the two were amalgamated some **** retentive decided that the VRSM should look as ridiculous as possible and so they gave it the shape of the TD, the solidity of the TEM and a ribbon that was turned down as the flag of South Africa on the grounds of garishness.

Come the revolution, I will reinstate the TD (as something to aid retention it was excellent) and find the VRSM design team and recall all VRSMs and insert them into the orifice that the design team originally ejected them from.

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