Awarded to UK personnel for 30 days service. Unrestrected permission to wear.
The Secretary General has established the NATO Medal to be awarded to military and civilian personnel who are, or have been, engaged in operations, or in direct support of operations conducted by NATO in Kosovo.
CRITERIA For award of the NATO Medal for Kosovo, personnel must complete both the qualifying period of service (below) and meet the eligibility criteria (above). The qualifying periods are: Thirty days continuous or accumulated service on the land, at sea or in the air space of Kosovo and other territories of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Albania, the Former Republic of Macedonia, and the Adriatic and Ionian Seas (the theatre of operations); Ninety days continuous or accumulated service, in the territories of Italy, Greece, and Hungary, in direct support of the NATO operations in Kosovo (the adjacent area); or Aircrew who participated in Operation ALLIED FORCE between 24 Mar and 10 Jun 99 will be deemed to have qualified after flying 15 sorties during the operation in the airspace of Kosovo and the other territories of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Aircrew who completed less than 15 sorties under this criteria will be allowed to aggregate the number of sorties completed with other qualifying service.
DESCRIPTION The Medal is circular in form and made of bronze, and bearing: on the obverse, the NATO star set in a wreath of olive leaves; and on the reverse, the title "North Atlantic Treaty Organization" and the words "In the service of peace and freedom" in English and French.
MOUNTING A large ring is attached to the top of the medal. The bar is sewn onto the ribbon.
BAR The medal is always issued with a bar, inscribed "KOSOVO
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