Help. Hope one you who is more educated can proffer some advice. What is/are the requirements for recommending a person for an award such as an MBE. Does a person have to have done something above and beyond or can the fact that theyhave served their country both in and out of uniform for 50 years hold sway? The reason I ask is that having seen some of the dross who have been awarded the MBE, such as that reggae "poet" a couple of years ago, I have been reliably advised that any recommendations made for MoD staff have to backed with actions above and beyond ie charity work out of hours work etc. Any advise gratefully received. Thanks.