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Military Decorations

Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to provide recognition of service for all those who have served in the armed forces through a medal or certificate.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

All service personnel receive a certificate of service on discharge from the armed forces. This contains the period of service, the trade of the individual and the highest rank attained.

Official recognition of service is in the form of a veterans badge and it is issued as a matter of course to all service personnel on discharge. For all other former service personnel, application can be made to the Joint Service Medal Office and one will be issued.

The Government are undertaking a review of the rules governing the awarding of military medals in line with its commitment in the programme for Government. The review is currently in the final stages of evaluation and we are currently consulting with a number of campaign groups, including the Campaign for a National Defence Medal.

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Tony M
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 1:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Official recognition of service is in the form of a veterans badge.

Not true, in the context of the question, 'Official' can only be applied if HM The Queen has approved the award, which has not happened.

The review alluded to by the Minister, has failed to deliver against the original promises, failed to consult with veterans during the process, failed to review all the rules, and failed to review all the medals. It has even failed to publish the draft review for all veterans and public to comment on.

It has most emphatically failed the government transparency test.

David H
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 4:22 pm (Report this annotation)

A review carried out by the very committee (HD) that the government manifesto outlined would be the 'subject' of the review is similar to asking Turkey's to vote for Christmas.

When will this government start to honour their pre-election pledges and stated manifesto objectives and stop trying to fob us off with half measures.

Do the honourable thing, withdraw this 'draft' and do the job properly.

Posted on 17 Jun 2011 11:07 pm (Report this annotation)

The Veteran's badge was based on plagiarism of the Canadian lapel pin and was hastily cobbled together to try and head off the legitimate demands by British Veterans for medallic parity with their counterparts and contemporaries overseas, in Europe, the Commonwealth and elsewhere. It is in reality a cheap and contemptible bauble that is manifestly inadequate in demonstrating appreciation and recognition for years of loyal Service to the Crown.

Today, just for an experiment, I purchased a medal, made of metal and quite well made too, for the princely sum of A$2.50, it even came with a red, white and blue ribbon. It is designed to be awarded to children that win a competition. Bearing in mind that this was a retail price, it begs the question of what possible reason the MoD's abominable NO men could have for their opposition to the NDM on the grounds of cost?

THe HMAFVB is NOT official, it is an MoD ploy and for as long as it remains unsupported by the NDM, it is an insult!