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Wider Service Medal

Talk Wrench

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One thing that's always puzzled me.

The participants of GW1 who were based in Cyprus received a medal without a rosette IIRC.

Those who took part in GW2 in Cyprus received nothing apart from a thoroughly good pumping in the debriefing room.

Will there be a phased plan to extend the WSM retrospectively to the bucket and spade veterans?
 

Deltaitem

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The participants of GW1 who were based in Cyprus received a medal without a rosette IIRC.
As far as I remember, you got the rosette if you were in theatre during the shooting, so I guess Cyprus wasn't considered in theatre.
My tour lasted August to November '90, including Cyprus and Bahrain, so I got the gong because while I was in theatre, I was back in the UK two months before the shooting started, so didn't get the rosette.
My mate's brother served in the Army Air Corps, and was based somewhere in the UK for GW1, but still got a gong minus rosette because he was on standby to deploy.
 
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The cut off date is 2018 so no intention of looking at Ops before that. A line has to be drawn somewhere and in all honesty, when you consider the cost and bureaucracy of issuing this to everyone that's ever deployed on non OSM earning dets in the past it would be a non starter.

I don't think it's aimed at the older bunch anyway, most of us that have been in for the the last 20-30 years have enough bling already. But I do think it might help the younger generation feel that their time away was recognised. A small token can make a difference to some people
 

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Devalues the UK medal system imo. We're just giving out a medal to appease the younger generation and give them something to wear - just like the Septics, chest full of medals and ribbons for nothing and we just laugh at them.

A chest full of UK medals used to mean something, now the parades will be full of chocolate ones and the WSM.

Oh well, not my Air Force anymore :)

On the plus side, got my KCM last week and sent them off for court mounting. Put the JPA claim in and within the hour it was ready for payment :)
 
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ady eflog

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The DIN hasn't been released yet so don't know what from the RAF side is covered but it's basically to keep the Army happy for enduring Estonia for 6 months.
 

Dan_Brown

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"Woke medals have started then... it'll be the equivalent of a junior school sports day participation medal... because there are no losers."

"I Had To Serve In A Campaign Theatre To Get Mine"

"Sounds like some whiney officers need a medal. Cant/won't go anywhere sketchy but want some bling anyway. FFS"

"Zob medal...."

"Why not just issue a ‘Service Medal’ to anyone who signed on the dotted line and at least passed basic and trade training?
I’m not a fan of the Yank system and having a chest full but each and every serviceman deserves recognition and I don’t mean the pointless Veterans ID. I know a lot of ex RAF who didn’t receive any medals due to circumstance or wrong place at the wrong time so a general medal would be worn with pride."

FB comments are coming in.

What's the younger generation think? Good idea? Proud to wear?
 

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I'm out now and have plenty of medals, but I don't really see an issue with this.....did numerous long dets that had no medal, Azotize, Kipion, Biloxi...so I'd have been happy to get one.
 

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Medals: together with rank and qualification badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a serviceperson's career.

A turning up medal is a bit crap, but i suppose it makes us all inclusive and gives people something to wear. I'm proud of the work i did in some of the non-medal worthy places, but then again, i wouldn't really want a medal for a few weeks/months in a hotel in the likes of Romania.

Not something i'm dying on a hill over, i just think it's a bit pointless.
 

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Just got home and these were waiting for me:



Got mine and a few mates done by George McKay - another great job :)
 

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Medals: together with rank and qualification badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a serviceperson's career.

A turning up medal is a bit crap, but i suppose it makes us all inclusive and gives people something to wear. I'm proud of the work i did in some of the non-medal worthy places, but then again, i wouldn't really want a medal for a few weeks/months in a hotel in the likes of Romania.

Not something i'm dying on a hill over, i just think it's a bit pointless.
Agreed. Did a lot of tours in the FI. RRS and QRA were always on 05. Didn't feel the need for a gong tho
 

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I guess the parades these days are very much a case of the haves and have nots, with parade commanders sporting perhaps one jubilee medal whilst some of the SNCOs will have 7 or 8.
 

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I guess the parades these days are very much a case of the haves and have nots, with parade commanders sporting perhaps one jubilee medal whilst some of the SNCOs will have 7 or 8.

I must be old as I look a lot of senior officers don't have the Golden Jubilee.
 
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