I'm going along with HD.
I returned from a thrilling Balkans adventure in June, I got my medals mounted almost straight away. How niave of me to think that the British Army would allow you to wear a medal that it issues.
Anyway the upshot is that most people don't realise, and when asked what the Non Article 5 medal was I just said - the new balkans thingy.
Course, with Remembrance coming up and all that I may be posting after that infoming people of the punishment that comes with wearing a medal not yet approved.
at last, someone trying to stop us becoming the americans, its absolutley arrse that you could get and wear 3 medals for the same place, costing me a fortune, and theyre all crappy choco medals as well.
what gets me is Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia where all part of the former Yugoslavia, yet only the NATO gong for Bosnia says "former yugoslavia" and the others say "Kosovo" and "Macedonia", they should have done the Pan Balkan gong from the start, would have saved a lot of money in mounting and miniatures.
I heard a rumour you could wear the non-article 5 from 31 Oct 03, but who knows?
The question I would like answered on this medal is why the ref to article 5 was made on the clasp anyway? Article Five of the NATO treaty states that an attack on one member state is deemed to be an attack on all. Where FY ever fitted into that I'm not sure. FY was never an Article Five Op in the first place - yes that's why it says 'non', but Oculus is also not a lot of other things too - you could have a clasp saying 'not the Tory Party Conference' and it would be just as relevant as saying N-A 5.
Have I missed something really simple? I don't understand what was wrong with just saying Former Yugoslavia...
The DCI for this has just landed on my desk:
DCI JS 122-138 2003
Personnel deploying to the Balkans for a subsequent tour regardless of whether they may have served previously in Bosnia-Herzogovina, Kosovo or Macedonia may accept but not wear the medal.
Numerals that were previously awarded for subsequent tours ceased with effect from 2359 hours on 31 Dec 02.
Should clear that cheeky bleeder up for once and for all.
I returned to reality in June this year after an **** tour in Banja Crappa, unaware that the medal I had been awarded could not yet be worn, so I had mine court-mounted in amongst my other miniatures. I had already worn my mess dress once, before actually finding out about the denial of permission to wear it. At that stage I decided I would not remove it as Sod's Law would dictate that permission to wear it would be given the next day. Since then I have worn my mess dress at least 5 times. To date nobody has even noticed my misdameanour!