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Medals, Awards and Insignia

Current campaign medals

Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan

Since its introduction in January 2000, 3 OSMs have been issued: for service in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Operational Service Medal

Long Service and Good Conduct medal

The LS&GC medal will now be issued automatically to all ranks, including officers, who have served for 15 years free and clear of any entry on their JPA disciplinary record.

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General Service Medal

Until 1962 separate GSMs had been issued to Naval personnel (the Naval GSM 1915) and Army and RAF personnel (the GSM 1918).

General Service Medal

Honours and gallantry awards

Victoria Cross

The premier award for gallantry, the VC may be awarded to all ranks of the services and civilians for gallantry in the presence of the enemy. It may be awarded posthumously.

Victoria Cross

Distinguished Service Order

Awarded for distinguished leadership during active operations against the enemy. It is likely to be awarded only to the more senior officer ranks.

Distinguished Service Order

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Awarded in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy. Instituted in 1993 as part of the review of gallantry awards.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army, and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy at sea.

Distinguished Service Cross

Military Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army, and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land.

Military Cross

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air.

Distinguished Flying Cross

George Cross

The highest gallantry award for civilians, the GC is also awarded to military personnel for those acts for which military honours would not normally granted.

George Cross

George Medal

Awarded to civilians for acts of great bravery, but not so outstanding as to merit consideration for the George Cross.

George Medal

Queen’s Gallantry Medal

Awarded to civilians for acts of exemplary bravery at a level below that of the George Medal.

Queen’s Gallantry Medal

Air Force Cross

Awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army, and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry in the air on non-active operations.

Air Force Cross

The Elizabeth Cross

The Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll are granted to the next of kin of UK Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism.

The Elizabeth Cross

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