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Medal for Long Work in Strengthening the National Defensive Capability

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Medaille für langjährige Pflichterfüllung zur Stärkung der Landesverteidigung der DDR

Instituted 8 August 1974, and awarded for long service showing devotion to duty and exemplary performance in state-owned enterprises and institutions which producted material for national defense purposes in 4 classes (35/40 years, 30 years, 20 years and 10 years). It's unusual amongst East German awards in that the highest class is awarded for 40 years' service by a man but only 35 years; service by a woman.

35/40 Years:

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