John Chard Medal
|John Chard Medal|
|Awarded by South African Defence Force|
|Eligibility||Citizen Force members|
|Awarded for||12 years voluntary service in the Citizen Force|
|Next (higher)||De Wet Decoration|
|Next (lower)||Long Service Medal Bronze|
The John Chard Medal (Afrikaans: John Chard-medalje) was instituted with effect from 6 April 1952 to replace the Efficiency Medal and the Air Efficiency Award which was previously awarded to members of the Citizen Force between 1939 and 1952. 
This bronze medal was awarded to members of the Citizen Force, irrespective of rank, who had completed twelve years' long and efficient service. The qualifying service did not need necessarily be continuous.
A member eligible to receive the John Chard Medal after 1 July 1975 could elect to receive the SADF Good Service Medal (Bronze) instead. The member was, however, thereafter restricted to the series chosen. This stipulation in the Government Gazette seems to contradict the option offered under the regulations for the award of the John Chard Decoration and the SADF Good Service Medal.
- Monick, S, (1988). South African Military Awards 1912-1987. South African National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg.
- Fforde, JPI; Monick, S (1986). A Guide to South African Orders, Decorations and Medals and their Ribbons 1896-1985. Johannesburg. p. 40.
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