NATO Medal for Kosovo (NATO-K)



The conflict in the Kosovo province of the Yugoslav Federal Republic started at the beginning of 1998 with the armed incidents between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the Yugoslav military and police force. The armed conflict caused a humanitarian catastrophe which had to be urgently addressed by a consorted action of the broad international community. From the very beginning NATO took an active part in the peace campaign as well as contributing to Kosovo's reconstruction process after the conflict has been terminated with the help of the international community.

Eligibility and Criteria

Awarded for :

This medal was replaced by the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for Operations in the Balkans on 1 January 2003.

Personnel arriving in theatre before 3 December 2002 count their time towards this medal and its associated tour numerals until the end of the deployment. Personnel arriving in-theatre on or after 3 December 2002 count their time towards the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for Operations in the Balkans. No personnel can receive the two medals for the same deployment regardless of its duration.


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.

A 12mm bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon is dark blue the colour of NATO with, two white strips on either end with a solid white strip running down the centre representing peace.

The tour numerals are Arabic script and made of bronze.



The medal is always issued with a bar, inscribed "KOSOVO".


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:

on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the NATO-FY medal and before the NATO-FYROM medal.

The bar is worn centered on the ribbon.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical Notes

The following is a list of members who have died while serving in the theatre of operations:

Sgt Squires H.J.

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