To Walt or not to Walt

#1
There's been loads of different threads about wearing medals but has there been a definitive answer to my question? Once you're out, is it walting to wear all your medals? I'm what people think about wearing things like non-article 5, and other legitimate but non-UK type medals (apart from that swimming medal you got in primary school, etc - naturally), alongside their official gongs?

With Armed-Forces Day coming up I was remembering last year when I met a fine gent resplendent in just about every gong available. Saudi, Kuwait, UN, Nato, BFG/BAOR, etc. Now, he had clearly served some time but is that technically still Walting?

Red
 
#4
Bastard. I've always thought my cycling proficiency badge lent my best suit a certain je ne sais quoi...
Sir, any real man knows that the Tufty Club badge is the only award to be worn in civilian dress. Until the NDM is awarded of course.
 
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#8
Surely by definition it can't be walting unless you're pretending to be something you're not?
 
#9
Although it might not be walting, I think it is fairly desperate to wear purchased medals or one's that are not sanctioned for wearing whilst serving - ie NATO Non-Article 5. It is a shame that many servicemen served a whole career during the Cold War with little to show for their service except a predeliction for German hard-core pornography, a beer gut and a German ex-wife. However dry your tears princess and man up - there is always your veteran's lapel pin and a regimental tie. Of course if you were a ranker you can always splash out on a gilt wire blazer badge and wear your beret on special occasions!

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#11
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What's to say you can't wear them when you're out? You earnt 'em ... you wear 'em. I personally wouldn't, but then I've got enough real ones to wear.
 
#15
Meet an old Int corp guy a couple of years ago at Rememberance Sunday. He'd wont he MC, had that, GSM (NI), Gulf, several UN medals, but he said in total he did three years with them and they tended to go for 4 - 6 weeks at a time some it wasn't hard to get them and Bosnia NATO. In total he had about 10 gongs, but seemed to chuckle at the fact that the MOD couldn't stop him from wearing the 2 bonus medals from the Gulf. He'd had them all court mounted as well as the bonus gongs. personally I didn't see the point in the bonus gongs, he had enough as it was!

I just stick to what I am entitled and allowed to wear. It's only 2 gongs, but at least they are offical!
 

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#16
The definitive answer is in the JSP761 - Honours and Awards.

In short - serving or ex-serving, medals not authorised for wear by Her Majesty are not permitted to be worn. So you may be a stinking civvie thinking to yourself "Up your fecking JSPs" but it'll still piss the Queen off - on those many occasions you bump into her wearing your Corps blazer on Rememberance Sunday...

Like many Balkans Warriors, I have so many medals I'm thinking of taking the MOD to court for a misaligned spine from the uneven weight distribution I've had to endure each year - so I'm happy with what I have.

But in a couple of years time when I'm no longer drawing a military salary the question is: Will I get my ISAF medal mounted alongside my OSM(A)...?

Yes - and placed in a frame, along with my miniatures, stable belt and capbadges where it will stay. I have no wish to show off my war heroics in the company of a load of blotchy-nosed Cold War warriors at my local RBL and rub their faces in it. Instead, I will look back on my service with a sense of accomplishment and the perfect start to the other half of my working life. I have no wish to live in the past - and no amount of medals, purchased or earned will make me feel any more wholesome should I ever feel the need to either.
 
#17
There's been loads of different threads about wearing medals but has there been a definitive answer to my question? Once you're out, is it walting to wear all your medals? I'm what people think about wearing things like non-article 5, and other legitimate but non-UK type medals (apart from that swimming medal you got in primary school, etc - naturally), alongside their official gongs?

With Armed-Forces Day coming up I was remembering last year when I met a fine gent resplendent in just about every gong available. Saudi, Kuwait, UN, Nato, BFG/BAOR, etc. Now, he had clearly served some time but is that technically still Walting?

Red
Dunno about walting, but I threatened to wear my old geezer's blazer, corps tie and gongs to Samain11 mk3's Herrick 17 medal parade, and the look of horror was well worth it. I won't of course, but he doesn't know that.
 
#18
Since I left the employ of Her Majesty I have not worn any medals at any function or parade.





This is because I didn't earn any.
 
#19
The definitive answer is in the JSP761 - Honours and Awards.

In short - serving or ex-serving, medals not authorised for wear by Her Majesty are not permitted to be worn. So you may be a stinking civvie thinking to yourself "Up your fecking JSPs" but it'll still piss the Queen off - on those many occasions you bump into her wearing your Corps blazer on Rememberance Sunday...

Like many Balkans Warriors, I have so many medals I'm thinking of taking the MOD to court for a misaligned spine from the uneven weight distribution I've had to endure each year - so I'm happy with what I have.

But in a couple of years time when I'm no longer drawing a military salary the question is: Will I get my ISAF medal mounted alongside my OSM(A)...?

Yes - and placed in a frame, along with my miniatures, stable belt and capbadges where it will stay. I have no wish to show off my war heroics in the company of a load of blotchy-nosed Cold War warriors at my local RBL and rub their faces in it. Instead, I will look back on my service with a sense of accomplishment and the perfect start to the other half of my working life. I have no wish to live in the past - and no amount of medals, purchased or earned will make me feel any more wholesome should I ever feel the need to either.
That's a pity Dave, as I would have liked to buy you a pint on the the strength of the rest of your post. I got a nice little extra gong (well more a coin really, but I could stick it on a ribbon) off the Yanks for a job well done on Op Haven.
 

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