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Efficiency Medal (Territorial)

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The Efficiency Medal (Territorial)


Silver and ovular in shape. The obverse of the medal shows the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, whilst the reverse bears the inscription For Efficient Service. The recipients' details are impressed on the rim. The suspension bears the legend Territorial and between 1968-82 T&AVR. Colonial issues are inscribed with the appropriate country, e.g. Bermuda.


A silver clasp with central crown motif was awarded for six year increments subsequent to the award of the medal.


Initially green with yellow edges, the ribbon was redesigned to incorporate the blue of the Army Emergency Reserve upon its absorbtion in to the T&AVR in 1967/8. Colonial issues retain the old pattern ribbon.

Qualifying criteria

Twelve years' reckonable and certified service in the Territorial Army and its overseas equivalents.

About the medal

Introduced in 1930 to replace the Territorial Efficiency Medal (TEM), the award is generally perceived as the other Ranks' equivalent of the Officer's Territorial Decoration. It is often erroneously referred to as the 'TEM'. Though the medal technically became defunct upon the introduction of the VRSM in 1999, it is still being awarded to late applicants.

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