Military Long Service Decoration, Type I, II Class Bar for 16 Years (in silver)
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The Military Long Service Decoration was instituted on August 31, 1913, by Duke Bernhard II. The Decoration was conferred upon military personnel who rendered numerous years of irreproachable service. A Cross for 25 Years was introduced for Officers and a series of 3 bars were introduced for Non-Commissioned Officers, enlisted ranks, and members of the Gendarmerie.
When calculating a potential recipient's service years, war years counted for double and time spent in the armies of other German states was included.
The II Class Bar for 16 Years was conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.
The decorations were no longer awarded after Saxe-Meiningen joined the North-German Confederation in 1867.
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