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The Volunteer Reserve Decoration
until 1947, then VRD
) was awarded to commissioned officers in the United Kingdom
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'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
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of the reigning monarch in silver gilt surrounded by a silver
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rope tied with a reef knot
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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
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