Since the BEM was culled by John Major in 1992 in his great effort to introduce 'equality' in military and civil awards what was it replaced with? During my 12 years I met many junior and senior NCO's who had been awarded this for doing a bit more than 'their bit' on ops or in other areas. Since it was killed off I don't think I ever saw any mention of any junior ranks receiving the equivalent of it (I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a 'higher' award it was replaced with. Does anyone know if junior ranks now get any recognition for their efforts, or is the new award seen as being above them? This isn't a post designed to create an argument, but it seems a shame that there was once an award that recognised individual efforts that there is now none, and if there is one, then no one (or a minimal amount) is getting recommended for it. *Edited for cackhandedness.