Armed Forces: Medals

House of Lords written question – answered on 7 December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration has been given to the awarding of a Diamond Jubilee Medal to members of the Armed Forces who served during Her Majesty's reign but are no longer in service.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded to serving and volunteer members of the Armed Forces and the emergency services to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Her Accession on 6 February 2012. As is the tradition with Jubilee Medals, it is a commemorative medal. Therefore, it has a commemorative purpose and, in keeping with similar medals, is given to those who are actually in service on the day of the anniversary and who have completed a stipulated period of service across government in the uniformed services.

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Tony M
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 12:56 pm (Report this annotation)

The answer is not totally accurate, there is no real tradition as other than the QGJM the criteria has changed each time. It is not beyond the politicians to establish a new tradition which many will welcome.

Over 20,000 at least would support it: