On a highly polished background, features the seated figure of Britannia representing the mother country, supported by a lion which represents all those who served National Service, with the inscription NATIONAL SERVICE 1939-1960.
A full and lush laurel wreath laden with berries – a traditional tribute to those who have excelled – encloses the inscription FOR CROWN AND COUNTRY, to mark the contribution made by all who completed National Service. The medal is fitted with a scroll suspension.
The ribbon has a central gold stripe bound on either side by broad bands of blue, representing the involvement of the Royal British Legion. These blue bands are in turn bound by narrow white and red stripes to give a very rich and patriotic medal ribbon. This medal is supplied on a concealed single pin, ready to wear.