The question was about the ribbon on the Colonel's right breast.baldy_git said:it looks like the cadet forces medal.
The Cadet Forces Medal (CFM) and Clasps are awarded to officers and uniformed adult instructors in recognition of long service of proved capacity in the Cadet Forces. 12 years reckonable service is required for award of the medal. 6 years further service is required for award of each subsequent Clasp. Prior to 1991, 8 years service was required for the Clasp.
c. Awards granted by certain civilian societies are officially recognised and may be worn in uniform.
Civil Awards for Gallantry
J10.013. No restriction is placed on the acceptance of any British civil award for gallantry, but the only insignia and ribbons of such awards which are allowed to be worn with uniform are:
a. Sovereign's Awards. These medals are worn on the left breast.
b. Other Awards - The Life Saving Medal of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, the medals of the Royal Humane Society and the medal of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Awards are to be reported to the Ministry of Defence so that the necessary authority may be given for them to be worn. They are worn on the right breast and the insignia and ribbon of one award only may be worn for one act of gallantry.
a. The Royal Humane Society considers applications for awards to personnel who have taken part in rescues or attempted rescues from drowning or asphyxia (including the use of artificial respiration) and from dangerous cliffs or other heights and also analogous cases of gallantry displayed in the aeronautical field, e.g. in connection with aircraft crashes. Occurrences solely involving Service personnel may be reported, as well as those which involve Service personnel and civilians. Cases coming within the scope of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire, or local (e.g. Glasgow and Liverpool) Humane Societies, will not be considered.
b. Cases of gallantry where a recommendation for a State award has not been made or, if made, has been unsuccessful, may be referred to the Secretary, Royal Humane Society, Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, LONDON WC2E 7EP.
c. For home units, applications should be made within 2 months of the date or occurrence; for units abroad, within 18 months. The Society may waive the time limit for applications by home units where an initial recommendation for a State award has been unsuccessful.
I tend to agree (while also giving the benefit of the doubt). The ribbon colours don't match those of the medals mentioned in QRs. While it's common to wear the medals of deceased relatives on the right breast, you wouldn't normally have the ribbons sewn on.BuckFelize said:Whatever it is, pound to a penny it shouldn't be there. As far as I am aware, the only medal ribbons permitted on the right breast are the medals awarded for life saving by the Royal Humane Society: Bronze, Silver and the Stanhope Gold Medal. As it appears he's at a 'medals will be worn' do, then why is this - whatever it is - not being worn too?
I am more than familiar with awards and medals, but this has me stumped. I can only suggest that this is 49 Para's boss and it's a Presidential Unit Citation from Der Waltenkommando for services rendered to the ACF. Stranger things have happened.