Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal

#1
Hi Guys,

Have recently discovered the existance of this medal, however, have been unable to confirm any criteria, can anyone shine any light on it?
 

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#2
Yep - here: IRSM doc

On 26 June 2004 Her Majesty The Queen graciously approved a proposal for the issue of a special medal to recognise service by civilians and others involved in the reconstruction and transition to democracy in Iraq.

The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals has had under consideration the eligibility criteria and other details of the medal, known as the Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal (IRSM). Their recommendations have been submitted to Her Majesty The Queen, who has graciously approved them, as described below.

Operational Area The operational area for the medal will be the geographical territory of Iraq.

Commencement Date The commencement date for the medal will be 19 March 2003, until a date to be decided. The situation will be reviewed on a regular basis to determine whether the medal is still warranted.

Qualifying Period The qualifying period for the medal is set at 40 days of continuous service, or 40 days of service on working visits within Iraq aggregated over a period of one calendar year, provided that the visits are for a minimum of 48 hours each.

Qualifying Service Unexpectedly Reduced/Terminated If qualifying service is brought to an end before the completion of the specified qualifying period on account of death, capture, wounding or other disability due to service in Iraq, and the individual had otherwise been expected to complete the qualifying period but for the unexpected termination, the reduced period completed by the individual will be sufficient qualification for an award. The grant of a British honour, decoration or medal (other than the Iraq Medal (military)) for services on
operations during the qualifying period not amounting to the qualifying criteria specified above, will also qualify the recipient for an award.

Service already counted towards the award of the Operation TELIC military medal cannot qualify for the civilian medal. There will be some circumstances in which individuals might qualify for both the civilian and the military medal for different periods and differing types of service.

Accumulated Campaign Service Medal In parallel with the criteria for the military Iraq Medal, qualifying service for the Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal should not count towards the qualifying criteria for the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal (ACSM).

Eligible Personnel

 All civilian Public Servants and those that hold the office of Constable not qualifying for the Iraq military (Campaign) Medal, appointed by HMG to serve in Iraq with, or in support of, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), British Office Baghdad (BOB) or British Embassy
(including their Regional Offices).

 Civilian Public Servants deployed by HMG to work alongside coalition/multinational forces in Iraq, and who do not qualify for the Iraq military (Campaign) Medal.

 Members of the Armed Forces, working with or seconded to HMG Departments, and who do not qualify for the Iraq (Campaign) Medal.
 Contractors and their employees directly employed by HMG on a full time basis to work for, or in support of the CPA, BOB or British Embassy (including their Regional Offices), or to work alongside coalition/multinational forces in Iraq for HMG, and not qualifying for the Iraq (Campaign) Medal.

 Consultants and their employees directly employed by HMG on a full time basis to work for, or in support of the CPA, BOB or British Embassy (including their Regional Offices), or to work alongside coalition/multinational forces in Iraq for HMG, and not qualifying for the Iraq (Campaign) Medal.

 Any Foreign and Commonwealth nationals who qualify under the above provisions.
 
#4
Members of the Armed Forces, working with or seconded to HMG Departments, and who do not
qualify for the Iraq (Campaign) Medal.


Service already counted towards the award of the Operation TELIC military medal cannot qualify for the civilian medal. There will be some circumstances in which individuals might qualify for both the civilian and the military medal for different periods and differing types of service.
 
#5
Questions...

1. How can you be in Iraq (Armed Forces), and not qualify for the Iraq Medal?

2. What are the chances of getting a two medals for one tour?
 
#6
Miltary Attache, CP (they are there to fulfill a different role as to the one stipulated in the TELIC award criteria) etc...

Some got two medals for the UN/NATO Bosnia tour during the transition.....
 
#7
me n bee said:
Miltary Attache, CP (they are there to fulfill a different role as to the one stipulated in the TELIC award criteria) etc...

Some got two medals for the UN/NATO Bosnia tour during the transition.....

I believe the old two for one Bosnia scam is quite common, I know that loads of medics where on this tour, jammy bastards!!!
 
#8
bigjarofwasps said:
me n bee said:
Miltary Attache, CP (they are there to fulfill a different role as to the one stipulated in the TELIC award criteria) etc...

Some got two medals for the UN/NATO Bosnia tour during the transition.....

I believe the old two for one Bosnia scam is quite common, I know that loads of medics where on this tour, jammy bastards!!!
Must of been me then! :thumleft:
 
#9
 Contractors and their employees directly employed by HMG on a full time basis to work for, or
in support of the CPA, BOB or British Embassy (including their Regional Offices), or to work
alongside coalition/multinational forces in Iraq for HMG, and not qualifying for the Iraq
(Campaign) Medal.
 Consultants and their employees directly employed by HMG on a full time basis to work for, or
in support of the CPA, BOB or British Embassy (including their Regional Offices), or to work
alongside coalition/multinational forces in Iraq for HMG, and not qualifying for the Iraq
(Campaign) Medal.
 Any Foreign and Commonwealth nationals who qualify under the above provisions.
Exclusions
Locally employed civilians
So, if I understand this, a South African mercenary who worked for a British PSC for a couple of months would qualify, but an Iraqi translator who has worked in Basra for British forces since 2003 doesn't?

Nice.

I can see the headlines in the papers "the medal for mercenaries"...
 
#11
On 26 June 2004 Her Majesty The Queen graciously approved a proposal for the issue of a special medal to recognise service by civilians and others involved in the reconstruction and transition to democracy in Iraq.
It'd be seriously embarassing to wear this lol

Guaranteed a few laughs at dinner parties though!
 
#12
TO THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK THIS AWARD IS A JOKE, PLEASE GET A LIFE. I HAVE EIGHT MEDALS, AND THIS ONE MEANS MORE TO ME THAN ANY OTHER ONE I HAVE BEEN AWARDED.

NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THIS MEDAL, WORKED IN IRAQ FOR LOADS OF MONEY, SOME GUYS WORKED WITH IRAQI POLICE, PRISON SERVICE ETC TRYING TO ACHIVE AN AIM.

I WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT MY MEDAL AND REMEMBER ALL THOSE IRAQI GUYS WHO DIED, TRYING TO MAKE IRAQ A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. SO IF YOU WANT SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT DURING A DINNER PARTY, JUST REMEMBER, WERE YOU THERE!!!!
 
#13
bigjarofwasps said:
What about all the Indian guys who work for KBR in the cook house, will they get the medal too?
Isn't KBR an american company?
 
#14
and for the rest of us, a "It's always time for G9" t-shirt...

msr
 
#15
Hello all just wondering if anyone can awnser my question , ive just been awared the above medal , i do Close Protection for the FCO out of the British Embassy in Baghdad , im also am ex reg , but im in the TA now am i allowed to court mount this medal and wear it with the rest of my medals when in uniform (because all the military guys that work at the embassy that have been award it think we can ) also were would it come in line with the rest of the medals ,

many thanks
 

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#17
So, any idea whether secondment to the CPA counts towards this? I got my TELIC medal (two in fact, but that's another story) but spent most of my time in TELIC 2/3 sitting in a godforsaken craphole trying to spend enormous stacks of US Money in a vaguely sensible and entirely legal manner.

Mind you, whether the CPA contributed much to the reconstruction of Iraq is of course another story entirely............
 
#18
petemac said:
TO THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK THIS AWARD IS A JOKE, PLEASE GET A LIFE. I HAVE EIGHT MEDALS, AND THIS ONE MEANS MORE TO ME THAN ANY OTHER ONE I HAVE BEEN AWARDED.

NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THIS MEDAL, WORKED IN IRAQ FOR LOADS OF MONEY, SOME GUYS WORKED WITH IRAQI POLICE, PRISON SERVICE ETC TRYING TO ACHIVE AN AIM.

I WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT MY MEDAL AND REMEMBER ALL THOSE IRAQI GUYS WHO DIED, TRYING TO MAKE IRAQ A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. SO IF YOU WANT SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT DURING A DINNER PARTY, JUST REMEMBER, WERE YOU THERE!!!!
and my medals are shiner than yours and made from gold and the ribbons are made from the hair of real american red indians, and if you dont stop laughing at my new favourite medal ill tell my dad and he's bigger than your dad and.........................

shut up mate, even the missus would be bored by you and if i want something to laugh at during dinner parties, ill log on and show my guests you throwing your teddy. crap cnut
 
#19
skymacuk said:
Hello all just wondering if anyone can awnser my question , ive just been awared the above medal , i do Close Protection for the FCO out of the British Embassy in Baghdad , im also am ex reg , but im in the TA now am i allowed to court mount this medal and wear it with the rest of my medals when in uniform (because all the military guys that work at the embassy that have been award it think we can ) also were would it come in line with the rest of the medals ,

many thanks
yes mate as the medal is authorised by the boss (HM) you can wear it not sure but i think it goes in with campaign medals like one issued by the MOD if in doubt ask the RMP CP team at the embassy they should know
 

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