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|Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration|
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration ribbon
|Awarded by United Kingdom and Commonwealth|
|Type||Long service medal|
|Awarded for||Twenty years service as an officer in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve|
|Status||Superseded by the Decoration for Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve upon consolidation of the RNVR into the Royal Naval Reserve|
The Volunteer Reserve Decoration (VD until 1947, then VRD) was awarded to commissioned officers in the United Kingdom's Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) for long service and good conduct.
The VRD was established in 1908. The medal has an oval medallion, consisting of the cypher of the reigning monarch in silver gilt surrounded by a silver rope tied with a reef knot at the base and surmounted by a gilt crown which acts as the ribbon suspension, hung from a ribbon which was dark green until 1919 and navy blue with a narrow central bands red-green-red thereafter. Originally, 20 years service was required, with wartime service counting double, and service in the ranks counting half.
The VRD and the separate Volunteer Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for RNVR ratings were discontinued in 1966, when RNVR merged with the Royal Naval Reserve.
In New Zealand a version of the award is still issued known as the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve Decoration and includes the post-nominal letters of VRD. References
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