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Detailed guide: Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility

Ministry Of Defence

November 7
09:49 2019

The Ministry of Defence Medal Office issues medals to currently serving members of the armed forces, veterans and MOD employees. If you are a member of other services, such as the fire, police or prison service, you should contact your organisations Human Resources department in the first instance.

You can apply for a medal if you meet the criteria.

The information in this guide is intended to give a brief overview only.

Announcements

Coronation Medal 1953

The MOD Medal Office is unable to accept and assess applications for Her Majesty The Queens Coronation Medal 1953. (Dec 2018)

Decorations, Gallantry and Distinguished Conduct medals

You cant apply for these awards. You must be recommended to qualify.

You can read recommendations for honours and awards at The National Archives.

The awards below are listed in the official order of precedence, The letters in brackets are put after a persons surname to show their award.

Victoria Cross (VC)

Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the premier Operational Gallantry award given for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

It may be awarded to all ranks of the services and civilians and can be awarded posthumously. Individuals who perform a further act of such gallantry which would have merited a second award of the VC would be issued with a bar.

The MOD Medal Office does not issue this award.

George Cross (GC)

George Cross

The George Cross

The George Cross is the premier award given for non-operational gallantry or gallantry not in the presence of an enemy. This is awarded for acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.

It may be awarded to all ranks of the services and civilians and can be awarded posthumously.

The MOD Medal Office does not issue this award. Replacement awards are available from the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

Orders of the Bath and the British Empire

Read information about the Order of the Bath and the Order of the British Empire.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

The Distinguished Service Order is an operational gallantry award given for highly successful command and leadership during active operations. Personnel who perform a further act of such leadership which would have merited a second award of the DSO would be issued with a gold bar.

It may be awarded to all ranks of the services. This award is not available posthumously.

The MOD Medal Office does not issue this award. Replacement awards are available from the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross is an operational gallantry award given to all ranks of the services in recognition of an act (or acts) of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy. Personnel who perform a further act of such gallantry which would have merited a second award of the CGC would be issued with a silver bar.

This award is available posthumously.

You can replace a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross if you meet the criteria.

Royal Red Cross (Class I) (RRC)

The Royal Red Cross is a Meritorious award given for exceptional devotion and competency in the performance of actual nursing duties. over a continuous and long period. Holders of the first class decoration are known as Members (RRC).

These awards are only available to the nursing services and are not available posthumously.

You can replace a Royal Red Cross (Class I) if you meet the criteria.

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

The Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross is an operational gallantry award given to all ranks of the services in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy at sea. Personnel who perform a further act of such gallantry which would have merited a second award of the DSC are issued with a silver bar, with rounded ends, ornamented by a crown.

This award is available posthumously.

You can replace a Distinguished Service Cross if you meet the criteria.

Military Cross (MC)

Military Cross

The Military Cross

The Military Cross is an operational gallantry award given to all ranks of the services in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land. Personnel who perform a further act of such gallantry which would have merited a second MC will be issued with a silver bar ornamented by the crown.

This award is available posthumously.

You can replace a Military Cross if you meet the criteria.

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

The Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross is an operational gallantry award given to all ranks of the services in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air. Personnel who perform a further act of such gallantry which would have merited a second award of the DFC would be issued with a silver bar ornamented by an eagle.

This award is available posthumously.

You can replace a Distinguished Flying Cross if you meet the criteria.

Air Force Cross (AFC)

Air Force Cross

The Air Force Cross

The Air Force Cross is a non-operational award given to all ranks of the services in recognition of exemplary gallantry while flying not in the

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