How do I get [I]my[/I] MBE ?

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#22
Best quote I got from my CO: "I should have put you up for something." F****** C***.
 
#24
F**k the blokes around as much as you can and cut spending to pretty much £0 and you will DEFINITELY get a My Best Effort
 
#26
Pointless bling seems to be something that the navy has thankfully managed to avoid.
I think you'll find that in any given Honours List, the military division 'BEs' from K down to M are pretty evenly distributed between the three services.

The post Falklands was a bit amusing though. Gongs generally were evenly distributed, but the majority of the RAF's were BEs while the other two services were gallantry.
 

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I think you'll find that in any given Honours List, the military division 'BEs' from K down to M are pretty evenly distributed between the three services.

The post Falklands was a bit amusing though. Gongs generally were evenly distributed, but the majority of the RAF's were BEs while the other two services were gallantry.
Well they all must be hiding then. Met a few 3 and 4 ringers with gongs but never anyone else.

When I was in the TA every ****** over the rank of SSGT or Major seemed to have some bling for some shit.
 
#28
When I was in the TA every ****** over the rank of SSGT or Major seemed to have some bling for some shit.
Ah, but you were not just TA but HAC weren't you? Full of 'Loadsamoney' and 'Tim Nice but Dim'.
 
#30
For the TA/AR - "enable". Organise sport, stand around pointlessly in town squares or community events in the name of recruiting, claim endless MTDs for recruit training of a standard the ACF laugh at. As long as you don't actually spend too much time training the blokes to a high standard and deploying you should be pretty much good to go.

Any evidence of capability or real commitment appears to complete an "ineligible for award" box on the form.
Is this a Reserve forces thing?

Senior bod: I am afraid your report will not look good...
Yokel: Why Sir?
Senior bod: Not showing the RNR enough commitment.
Yokel: But I attend regularly....
Senior bod: That's not enough, is it?
Yokel: I did a course and got 92% in the exam.....
Senior bod: Not really relevant, is it?
Yokel: It covered core skills for my branch and is part of the training for a type of mobilisation I have expressed an interest in - family situation permitting.
Senior bod: But what about this year?
Yokel: I am going to Exercise XXXX XXXXXXX, and perform my role, enabling an important NATO exercise to go ahead.
Senior bod: What about in unit?
Yokel: I sometimes do a bit of teaching - in my specialisation, such as xxxxxxx and yyyyyy.
Senior bod: Hmmmmm......Have you thought about joining the football team?
 
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#31
I spent 14 years in the TA and during that time the regiment (4 Regional Sqns plus HQ) gained one BEM - Regular, exceptionally hardworking, Chief Clerk - and one MBE for a TA SSM. Not quite sure what that one was for, but he was a nice enough lad who had been around long before I arrived.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot, a TA CO who got an OBE after she had moved on and become a full Col. Not sure about that one either, but probably the first TA WRAC to command a Signal Regt.
 
#32
Pointless bling seems to be something that the navy has thankfully managed to avoid.

It was widely discussed down the mess decks when Johnson Beharry got his VC, that while his actions were admirable, had he been a matelot, he would’ve got an extra scoop of chips for dinner and a duty stand down on the next run ashore if he was lucky.

The state ceremonial warrant officer generally gets an MBE after his stint if he ends up participating in the burial of someone important, that’s about it.

Generally you have to actually save someone’s life or do something pretty outstanding to get a gong. An engineering technician recently got a certificate for inventing some computer system that saved the mob literally millions of quid.

Likewise the bloke who invented fixed hatch waterwalls (firefighting thing now found on nearly every ship in the world) got a WH Smith’s book token and a pat on the back.
And the bloke who invented the Ski Jump for V/STOL carriers got sweet FA, although he did get his PhD!
 
#33
I once got a minor (Op Banner) award.


Thing is, when various high-ups in the Corps wrote to congratulate me the letters had to forwarded to me at my new address as I'd just PVR'd!
 
#34
Belize tour mid 80s. OC made it clear early on that he wanted an MBE out of it. Often would make comments along the lines of “if I’m going to get my MBE, you need to do this better”.

Squadron smoker at the end of the tour, tiffy who’d just worked his guys nuts off to get the PRE report that the OC had demanded was dressed at the OC. Came out with a line that still makes me laugh today.

“**** the PRE, what about my MBE?”
 
#36
Pffft the last job I was on in a certain Middle Eastern conflict zone, there were 5 UK staff including me, working at the same level, I was out there for 2 years almost solid, the others came out for a few months each. 3 of them got an OBE, me and the guy who'd been out the least didn't! I guess I was too busy doing the job rather than kissing ambassadorial arse!
Bitter? Me? Nah! :D (Would be interested to know who I pissed off though)

E2A one who got it never even set foot in the country in question but spent his time sunning himself in a neighbouring country!
 
#37
Only serving BEM I knew was a senior NCO at Knightsbridge. It was something to do with the Hyde Park Bombings, he chucked himself under the Standard/Colours or something to ensure they didn't 'fall'.

Seems quite worthy.
 
#39
For the TA/AR - "enable". Organise sport, stand around pointlessly in town squares or community events in the name of recruiting, claim endless MTDs for recruit training of a standard the ACF laugh at. As long as you don't actually spend too much time training the blokes to a high standard and deploying you should be pretty much good to go.

Any evidence of capability or real commitment appears to complete an "ineligible for award" box on the form.
Soooooo True.
 
#40
Pointless bling seems to be something that the navy has thankfully managed to avoid.

It was widely discussed down the mess decks when Johnson Beharry got his VC, that while his actions were admirable, had he been a matelot, he would’ve got an extra scoop of chips for dinner and a duty stand down on the next run ashore if he was lucky.

The state ceremonial warrant officer generally gets an MBE after his stint if he ends up participating in the burial of someone important, that’s about it.

Generally you have to actually save someone’s life or do something pretty outstanding to get a gong. An engineering technician recently got a certificate for inventing some computer system that saved the mob literally millions of quid.

Likewise the bloke who invented fixed hatch waterwalls (firefighting thing now found on nearly every ship in the world) got a WH Smith’s book token and a pat on the back.
You obviously missed the PO ET(ME) Wren who got an MBE for fixing a diesel generator this year or last?
 

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