Long Service and Good Conduct rules updated
Long Service for Regular officers to be rewarded
The rules and regulations regarding the awarding of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal have changed to include Regular officers for the first time.
Following a review in 2014 it was noted the only group of individuals not being recognised for their length of service were Regular officers. As a consequence, Ministers have agreed that the eligibility criteria should be extended to include them.
Medal eligibility rules have changed
To qualify for the award, officers must be serving in the Regular Army on or after 29 July 2014 and other ranks must be serving on or after 1 October 2016 and both must have completed 15 years Regular service, free and clear of any disciplinary entry on their records.
Clasps are available after each further period of 10 years Regular Army service. This is a change from current policy which requires 15 years service for each additional clasp.
Medals will be automatically issued by the MOD Medal Office to officers and other ranks who have completed 15 years service without entries on their disciplinary record.
Soldiers, who under the previous regulations have had the award or clasps denied or delayed, may apply for the award or clasps, once they have completed the requisite qualifying time from their last entry (15 years for the medal, 10 years for the clasp).
Private soldiers who have entries for minor offences can appeal against an automatic delay imposed on their eligibility, however this concession will not apply to NCOs and officers, for whom a higher standard of conduct is expected, in accordance with CGS’ Leadership Code.
Further information for soldiers and officers who would like to learn more can be found on the Army Defence Gateway and Army Intranet.
Frequently asked questions
Q1. I don’t have any disciplinary entries on my record and I was awarded the LS&GCM in 2008. When do I get the clasp?
Answer: You qualify for the clasp in 2018, 10 years after you received the medal and assuming that you maintain a clean record, MOD MO will dispatch the clasp to you.
Q2. I have served for 18 years but I have a disciplinary entry on my record from when I was in initial training. I haven’t been awarded the LS&GCM and I haven’t applied for the medal before - can I apply now?
Answer: Yes you can apply. If the offence during initial training was minor, the date of the award of the medal will be 15 years from the date of your attestation. If a more serious offence, the date of the award will be 15 years from the date of the offence.
Q3. I am due to leave in Nov 16 after 22 years in the Regular Forces. I was convicted of a drink/driving offence during my first year of service and banned from driving for 12 months. I applied for the LS&GCM a few years ago and was told that I could never be awarded the medal because the offence was so serious. Can I apply now?
Answer: Yes you can apply if you are still serving on or after 1 October 2016.
Q4. I have a minor offence on my records from my initial training. I have now served nearly 15 years. Will the medal be automatically issued to me or do I need to apply?
Answer: Because you have an entry, the medal will not be automatically issued to you and you will need to apply once you have completed 15 years’ service from the date of your attestation.
Q5. I have served for 28 years but there is an entry on my records from my 2nd year of service. I only applied for the LS&GCM last year and was awarded the medal because I had served for more than 15 years free of any more offences. Now that I have served for a total of 26 years free of any offences can I apply for the clasp?
Answer: You can only apply if you have served a further 10 years from the date of the award of your LS&GCM.
Q6. I left the Regular Forces in 2015 after 16 years’ service and joined the Reserves. I have an entry on my records from my initial training in 1999. In 2015, I applied for the medal just before I left as I had served for 15 years free of any offences but my application was refused. Can I apply for the medal now?
Answer: No - you need to be serving in the Regular Forces on or after 1 October 2016 to qualify under the revised regulations. However you can use a period of your Regular service towards the VRSM.
Q7. I was commissioned after 13 years in the ranks and I applied for and was awarded the LS&GCM 2 years later. I have served a further 11 years as an officer in the Regular Forces. Can I apply for the clasp?
Answer: You are entitled to the clasp which will be awarded 10 years after you were awarded the LS&GCM. As you have no entries on your records, there is no need to apply, but you will be part of the backlog that MOD will clear over the next 12 months so the clasp will be sent to you in due course.
Q9. I have a minor offence on my record that I have successfully appealed at a single Service medal board. Will the date of the award of my medal be the 15 year point or the date that the medal board was held?
Answer: The date of the award of your medal will be your 15 year point.