The Pro Patria Medal is a South African military campaign medal which was instituted by the Republic in 1974. It was awarded to members of the South African Defence Force for service in an operational area, as designated by the Minister of Defence.
The medal could be awarded to serving members of all ranks of the South African Defence Force. The conditions for award stipulated that the recipient had to have:
been involved in combat or a skirmish or combat situation or an incident caused by enemy activities, or
participated in a specific operation acknowledged by the Minister of Defence, or
served for a continuous period of 55 days or non-continuous for 90 days in an operational area as designated by the Minister of Defence.
The wording on the certificate of award reads that the Pro Patria Medal was awarded for service in the defence of the Republic or for the prevention or suppression of terrorism