Order "For Service to the Fatherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR"

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The order "For the service of the fatherland in the armed forces of the USSR" ( Russian За службу Родине в Вооружённых Силах СССР ) was a military award of the Soviet Union , which was donated on October 28, 1974 by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in three classes. This order was the only military order that was donated after the Second World War .

Award terms

The order served as recognition for successes in political and combat training as well as for promoting a high level of combat readiness and the introduction of new combat techniques. It could also be awarded for exemplary service, for the successful performance of special assignments, for bravery and selflessness in the fulfillment of military duty as well as for other services during service in the armed forces of the USSR. Eligible persons were all members of the Soviet Army, the naval navy, the border troops of the USSR and the troops of the interior . The award of the order also included private privileges. The first class entrusted was entitled to better and / or larger living space or was given preferential treatment in the allocation of such apartments. Owners of lower classes could use public transport or sanatoriums free of charge. For the majority of the awardees, it was also possible to raise their future pension by up to 15 percent.

Appearance and wearing style

The medal of all classes consists of a composite and arched eight-pointed star with anchors, wings and rockets, four of which are radiant (foreground) and four are enameled (background). The dimensions between the enamelled beams are 65 mm and 58 mm for the radial beams. In the center of the radial star is a medallion 25 mm in diameter with a Soviet star in front of a wreath and the circular inscription on a white background: За службу Родине в ВС СССР (For the service of the fatherland in the armed forces of the USSR). The end of the writing ring is formed by a hammer and sickle , which are attached to the center of the lower edge. At the III. and the lowest class, the four smooth arms of the star are enamelled in a bluish tinge. All other parts are silver. In the second class, the central star and the contours of the outer enamelled star are golden. The first and highest class shows a golden radial star, a golden star in the medallion and golden rocket projectiles.

Although it is a plug-in cross, a ribbon was donated to the medal, which was only worn in the interim clasp. The band is kept light blue, with the III. Class three yellow central strips, each 2 mm wide, are woven in, with a distance of 1.5 mm. Two yellow median stripes were woven into the second class and one yellow median stripe was woven into the first class. The order decoration was worn on the right side of the chest of the entrusted.

Medal 1st class Medal II class Order III. class
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Interim braces
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Award numbers

The first award of the III. Class took place on February 17, 1975 to a group of members of the land forces as well as to a group of members of the fleet. Both awards were given as collective awards. The first class received the following 13 people:

  1. Ivan Grigoryevich Savyalov
  2. Boris Nikolajewitsch Agapow (all three classes)
  3. Vladislav Alexejewitsch Achalov (all three classes)
  4. Georgi Filippowitsch Baidukow (all three classes)
  5. Albert Alexejewitsch Borowski
  6. Alexander Semjonowitsch Werjowkin
  7. Alexander Konstantinowitsch Kosakow
  8. Ivan Konstantinowitsch Kolodjaschny
  9. Gennady Konstantinovich Loschkarew
  10. Yuri Mikhailovich Orlov
  11. Vasily Alexejewitsch Porozhin
  12. Valery Nikolayevich Sergeev
  13. Vasily Vasilyevich Shcherbakov

The second class received the following personalities:

Until the beginning of 1981 the III. Class of the order about 50,000 personalities. In February 1978 another 150 commanders and political workers in the Soviet armed forces were awarded the second class. Including Lieutenant General Vasili Ivanovich Vinogradov on July 30, 1978 on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Up until the dissolution of the Soviet Union, 69,576 were awarded the III, 589 times the II and 13 times the I class (total: 70,178).


  • Dietrich Herfurth: Military Awards of the USSR. Recordings by Jean Molitor. Military Publishing House of the GDR, Berlin 1987, ISBN 3-327-00294-0 , pp. 104/105.