A novel Medal question....

#1
At least I think so, and no its not a question about getting a medal for writing (or even reading) a novel on tour :)

What I'd like to know is what is the prime time period for doing 22 years or longer and getting the absolute maximum number of medals possible?

I would guess from about 1982 - onwards; that way you could get Corporate,NI,Cyprus,GW1,Op Haven,Angola and the various plethora of Balkans gongs before moving on to Iraq and Afghgan. Any Ive missed? Ive not taken into account LS&GC or Gallantry awards.

PS - Yes, its been a long day.
 
#2
Are you including bars to the Campaign Service Medal (aka GSM)?
 
#3
At least I think so, and no its not a question about getting a medal for writing (or even reading) a novel on tour :)

What I'd like to know is what is the prime time period for doing 22 years or longer and getting the absolute maximum number of medals possible?

I would guess from about 1982 - onwards; that way you could get Corporate,NI,Cyprus,GW1,Op Haven,Angola and the various plethora of Balkans gongs before moving on to Iraq and Afghgan. Any Ive missed? Ive not taken into account LS&GC or Gallantry awards.

PS - Yes, its been a long day.
If you had used 1979/80 as the starting date you could have had the RHODESIAN MEDAL (I am unable to remember the correct title for it).

Or start date from 1977;

1977 SILVER JUBILEE MEDAL.
 
#6
If you had used 1979/80 as the starting date you could have had the RHODESIAN MEDAL (I am unable to remember the correct title for it).

Or start date from 1977;

1977 SILVER JUBILEE MEDAL.
(Theoretically perhaps but in practice no chance. If you take
'77 as your start date you will have done well to be CO, Adjt, 2i/c or RSM that quick.
 
#9
#10
Now theres a good e-petition to start. Silver Jubilee medals for those who were serving in 1977 but got stiffed by those cheapskates.
Got to be at least as much fun as the NDM ?
 
#11
FFS no, don't even think about it. And yes I was serving in '77 and no I didn't get one.
 
#12
Not that the Silver Jubbly meant anything, really.

The OH was going to get one of the 2 allocated to her HQ, but the spare one was given to a guy who was about to retire in 3 months. Whatever ... it's one of those things where it's either given to everyone at the time or just forget it. Unless, of course, a cheap-skate Government says "You can have one, but they're £25" at which point the Outrage Bus turns into a oversized F1 Transformers monster and vomits all over Whitehall.
 

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#13
And the lucky 30,000 folk who got one of those were lucky they did - the Labour Cabinet was all set for scrapping it to save money!
BBC NEWS | Politics | The battle for the jubilee medal

Bizarrely, according to W'pedia, Canada also got 30,000 (population c34 million) to dish out.
Canada is an independent country that makes it's own rules on how it dishes out it's own medals. The Canadian Silver Jubilee Mmedal was a discrete medal from the UK one although it had the same ribbon so was the QGJM and will be the QDJM.
 
#14
You're looking in the region of 12 maybe 13 tops I would say. As not everybody would get on every tour, I've got a mucker sitting with 10 at the moment. Who joined 86 and has been on most tours that were going, he missed the SFOR bosnia and the DROC OSM. He will however get the ACSM 11 now under the new rules. So takes it to 11 plus are we counting loan service medals? Which he may get in the future? One is LS&GC but no Gallantry or MBE's or shit.
 
#15
If you started in 82 you'd have to be an LE or a very LSL, also if you'd done 22you'd have been quite unlikely to have gone to iraq and afg in your last 2 yrs of service, not impossible though.

Starting in say 1988 heres a fair lot of bling for you:
British campaign
GW1
NI
SierraLeone
Iraq
DR Congo
Afghan
ACSM
ACSM11

Nato
Ifor/sfor
Argicola
Op essential harvest

UN:
Unprofor
Unikom
Unicyp
Unimog
Sudan
Georgia
Rwanda
East timor
Angola

Others:
QGJM
LSGC

I reckon it would be entirely possible to get 14+ if you happened to be in the right unit at the time. I think there has been a discussion on here before. But upwards of 12 you are almost certainly a snr WO or LE
 
#16
What about -
Join 1990
Gulf 91
GSM NI
UN Bosnia
NATO Bosnia
NATO Kosovo
Iraq
OSM Afghanistan
QGJM
ACSM
LS&CG

I think that would not be unreasonable, as my old regt has done all of those tours, then add -
UN Angola
OSM Seirra Leone
OSM Congo
QDJM
Plus various UN & NATO medals, but would take a super buff to work out the timings of those. Saying that, meet a guy yester with 4 UN medals - Int corp, but if you did a 2 year officer posting with the UN, would be more than possible.

So joining in 90 and leaving next year, 11 would not be out of reach.
 
#17
Join in 70s as Reg do your 22 years and get those listed above, leave Regs say 96-97 and join TA mobilise and there's an Iraq and Afghan, almost gauranteed ACSM 2011, plus a VRSM and possibly a QVRM.
 
#18
Joined 63, escaped everything [despite trying to get involved] and leave in 94 with a big ZERO.

Lucky? If there was a medal for polishing a chair at MoD I'd have a rack and a half :)
 
#19
The Mess Sgt at Glencorse had 2 rows. Lots of WW2 and a raft of later ops. Sorry I can't remember the total. It may have been the quaich of doom.
 
#20
Oh yeah and if you were with the RMP's at the Embassy in Iraq and Afghanistan there were medals for that also.
 

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