The Order For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR was created on October 28, 1974 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR making it the first military order created after the end of World War II.
The Order «For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR» was awarded to soldiers of the Soviet Army, Navy, of border or internal troops: for achievements in combat and political training, for maintaining high combat readiness and developing new military equipment; for high performance in service; for the successful fulfillment of special command tasks; for courage and dedication displayed during the performance of military duties; for other services to the nation while serving in the Armed Forces.
The Order For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR was divided into three classes, first, second and third. The first class being the highest. Each class was awarded sequentially from the third to the first.
To date, prices start from:
1982-90 ≈13 pcs. - 250000$
1991 not handed ≈? pcs. - 500$
1976-91 ≈859 pcs. - 3500$
1976-77 Type 1 mirror reverse ≈5000 pcs. - 900$
1977-91 Type 2 flat reverse ≈65000 pcs. - 500$
The price has been updated on: 20.11.2023 yr.
The first investiture of the Order «For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR» 3rd class took place on February 17, 1975, the first orders 2nd class were awarded on July 30, 1976 and the first awards 1st class in 1982. From 1975 to the disestablishment of the order following the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, 69,576 orders 3rd class, 589 2nd class and only 13 1st class (Full Cavaliers) were awarded.
This made Order For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 1 class most rare Soviet award, less often than the Order of Victory - 20 awards and Order of Ushakov of the 1st class - 47 awards, Order of Nakhimov of the 1st class - 82 awards.
Full Cavaliers (complete list) in the order of the order numbers:
1 Colonel General IG Zavialov (16/02/1982)
2 Captain 1st grade VA Poroshin (02/16/1982)
3 Lieutenant General A. Borowski (12/27/1982)
4 Captain 1st grade A. Kazakov (27/12/1982)
5 Colonel M. Orlov (27/12/1982)
6 Colonel GK Loshkarev (17/05/1982)
7 Colonel General GF Baidukov (25.05.1987)
8 Major General of Internal Troops A. Verevkin (03/01/1989)
9 Admiral Vladimir Sergeev (05/05/1989)
10 Colonel Boris Agapov (24/05/1989)
11 Lieutenant General IK Kolodyazhny (11.02.1982)
12 Major General VP Shcherbakov (02/11/1982)
13 Colonel General Achalov VA (02/22/1990)
Dimensions 58 * 58mm
Materials silver-64 g.
Artist Pilipenko L.D.
The Order «For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR» consisted of two 58mm by 58mm four pointed stars crossed at a 90 angle, the top star having the vertical and horizontal points. The rear star was enameled light blue with gilt edges and two crossed convex oxidized silver rockets pointing towards the upper left and upper right. The rockets nose cones and tail sections were gilded. The top star was made up of diverging rays, at its center, a circular medallion containing a convex five pointed star within an oak wreath on a blue background, surrounded by a white enamelled ribbon with the inscription: «ЗА СЛУЖБУ РОДИНЕ В ВС СССР» (For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR) on the sides and top, and the image of the hammer and sickle at the bottom. The central medallion was superimposed over an oxidized silver anchor and wings protruding from the top, bottom and both sides. The Order weighed 64,5 grams.
The main differences between the three classes of the Order:
1st class - top four pointed star and central five pointed star were gilded;
2nd class - top four pointed star was silver and the central five pointed star was gilded;
3rd class - top four pointed star and central five pointed star were silver.
The ribbons to be worn on the uniform in the ribbon bar when the Order wasn`t worn were:
1st class - blue with a 6mm wide yellow central stripe;
2nd class - blue with two 3mm wide yellow central stripes 1mm apart;
3rd class - blue with three 2mm wide yellow central stripes 1mm apart.
The Order «For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR» is worn on the right side of the chest after the Order of the Red Star and in order of class seniority.