Awards for Excellence

The Minister of Defence, Awards for Excellence are the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Minister of Defence.  The ceremony celebrates excellence in our NZDF and industry communities.



The DESC celebrates individuals who have made an Outstanding Contribution from the following Awards Categories:


  • Reservist of the Year
  • Reservist Employer of the Year
  • NZ Cadet Force Employer of the Year
  • Individual Contribution to the Limited Service Volunteers (LSV)
  • Employer Contribution to the Limited Service Volunteers (LSV)


How do I nominate someone? 


NZDF personnel can nominate other personnel or their employers from 16 March - 14 May 2021. 


NZDF personnel are to email to retrieve a nomination form.  Your completed form must be escalated through your Chain of Command.   


When you submit your completed form to your Chain of Command, ensure you cc: in the first instance. 


Your Chain of Command can submit your form to this email inbox:


For information on the 2019 recipients click here

For information on the 2020 recipients click here