Wearing of foreign medals

#1
I have just finished up a tour with a foreign army. For my hardwork I am to be awarded two medals. 1st will be their equivalent of the General Service Medal, with the clasp for the Theatre I have served in, and 2nd will be their Tour medal. My questions are;

1. Will I be allowed to wear them both, just 1, or neither of them!?
2. Is there a formal process for applying to wear foreign medals, and where do I get the form!

Thanks.
 
#2
I believe it all depends on the country that issued the medals and the agreement that the Government has reached with them. I could wear the Brunei GSM awarded after a Loan Service tour, but chose not to as I did nothing to justify a medal, but am not allowed to wear Kuwait and Saudi medals issued after the Gulf. You'll need to check it out in AGAIs I think.
 
#3
countrybumpkin said:
. am not allowed to wear Kuwait and Saudi medals issued after the Gulf. You'll need to check it out in AGAIs I think.
Can you wear the Kuwait and Saudi medals if your now a civvie ie on your right breast for rememberance day
 
#4
AGAI Vol 2 Chap 68:

'Service personnel may only wear, on uniform or civilian clothes, Medals that have been awarded to them or approved for them to wear by HM The Queen. Crown servants in uniform may not wear any Medal or Decoration whose wear has not been authorised by HM The Queen. This includes foreign Medals and Decorations and unofficial Medals that are sold by medal dealers and manufacturers.'
 
#5
To be honest I dont wear my medals at all anyway, but I think if I earned them I should be entitled to were them even more so now that I am a civilian.
 
#6
barbs said:
AGAI Vol 2 Chap 68:

'Service personnel may only wear, on uniform or civilian clothes, Medals that have been awarded to them or approved for them to wear by HM The Queen. Crown servants in uniform may not wear any Medal or Decoration whose wear has not been authorised by HM The Queen. This includes foreign Medals and Decorations and unofficial Medals that are sold by medal dealers and manufacturers.'
This does not apply to those who are no longer serving. Wearing medals on the right breast is usual for next-of-kin; those veterans who have been awarded french commemoratives for D-Day tend to put them below their official medals.
 
#7
scousemech said:
countrybumpkin said:
. am not allowed to wear Kuwait and Saudi medals issued after the Gulf. You'll need to check it out in AGAIs I think.
Can you wear the Kuwait and Saudi medals if your now a civvie ie on your right breast for rememberance day
I suppose I could but I don't. There's enough metalwork jangling about without adding to the weight. Seriously though my mates know what I did, I know wht they did and the family are just proud and happy I'm still here so just wearing what the Queen gave me rekindles the old pride in my unit and our esprit de corps as a gang of old farts meeting up to sink a ew ales once or twice a year could not be better (long may it last). My view is it was nice of Johnny Foreigner to show his appreciation and i know where they are in the drawer if I want to get them out. If QRs or AGAIs apply to those stil serving I'll go along with them too. Boring old git aren't I. Regards.
 
#8
Barbs is correct.I have a couple of these 'foreign' medals-one for Gallantry and one for 30 days Active Service-and I received a standard letter from The Queen's Private Secretary,allowing me to wear these on my uniform.However they took precedence after any UK sourced medals that I wore.Lost the lot,in ahouse move years ago!
 
#9
Could someone enlighten me about the following:

If a MOD civilian does an operational tour (as is happening a bit nowadays) and earns the medal, is he entitled to wear the medal on his uniform if he is also a reservist?
 
#11
jim30 said:
Could someone enlighten me about the following:

If a MOD civilian does an operational tour (as is happening a bit nowadays) and earns the medal, is he entitled to wear the medal on his uniform if he is also a reservist?
Yes again.
 
#12
Many thanks
 
#13
Lord_Wentworth said:
Will I be allowed to wear them both, just 1, or neither of them!?...
Well Wentworth I know a thing or two about this. Used to work for one of the chaps who had seen service with the Australians in Vietnam. He wore his Australian medals with a great deal of pride. But damn it, that meant he had more medals than me! Anyway the medals issued to the Australians were given on behalf of the Queen of Australia and guess who that is! So if you are with a commonwealth force you should have no problem, what!

Damn medal collectors...

Crusty
Colonel
 
#14
Lord Wentworth - speak to your RAO they should be able to get hold ogf the forms for you to fill in. It may take a while to get clearance though so be careful not to stick them up until you get clearance. My boss from a few years ago did just that and got hauled over the coals by the District Commander on a visit. YHBW.
 
#15
If you're a civvy you can do what you feckin well like!!

What they gonna do for fecks sake?

Personally i've never worn any of mine, foriegn or crown 'approved' and never will.

Just glad to no longer be a political pawn for Thatcher, Blair, or whoever the hell else happens to be giving it to you sideways.

Queen & country forget it, it's only about the mates you serve with, arguments about the pieces of tin you wear are irrelevant...........
 
#16
I have a query regarding this as well. As a (former) South African I have medals from my time there, from What I can gather I can wear the Unitas medal as it was awarded to British personnel on the BMATT mission and it is listed in the British Forces Medals Booklet on the Army website

What I would like to know is, what foreign medals (not UN or NATO) can actually be worn? is there a definitive list somewhere, or do you have to request permission on an individual basis?

thanks
 
#17
OK never mind.
I was sort of able to answer this eventually. JPAC gave me the DIN and after searching google it brought me back to ARRSE..no surprise really
Here

Would still like to know if you could apply to wear any other foreign medals though..Good old Prince Charles seems to have some foreign (NZ and Canadian) ones on his chest, come to think of it the young princes also wear the jubilee medal whilst in uniform whithout having done the prerequisite 5 years..oh well nepotism must be the in thing...
 

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#18
Zulu there are some non_UK medals which have general permission granted to them, you can apply for permission to wear any medals you have been granted and that permission may come in 2 kinds. Either permission to wear them at all times or permission to wear them in the country in question or on occasions when senior people from that country are present.

For Example Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly of the red and rreen life saving machine during CORPORATE was given an Argentinian award for saving many of them. He applied and received the Queen's permission to accept it and wear it.
 
#19
BuggerAll said:
Zulu there are some non_UK medals which have general permission granted to them, you can apply for permission to wear any medals you have been granted and that permission may come in 2 kinds. Either permission to wear them at all times or permission to wear them in the country in question or on occasions when senior people from that country are present.

For Example Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly of the red and rreen life saving machine during CORPORATE was given an Argentinian award for saving many of them. He applied and received the Queen's permission to accept it and wear it.
Thus making him the first man to be decorated by both sides of the same war.
 
#20
BuggerAll said:
Zulu there are some non_UK medals which have general permission granted to them, you can apply for permission to wear any medals you have been granted and that permission may come in 2 kinds. Either permission to wear them at all times or permission to wear them in the country in question or on occasions when senior people from that country are present.

For Example Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly of the red and rreen life saving machine during CORPORATE was given an Argentinian award for saving many of them. He applied and received the Queen's permission to accept it and wear it.
Many Thanks, I will have to look into this and see what transpires, although I am not going to hold my breath.
 
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