Military Decorations, Medals and Insignia of the British Armed Forces

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Military Decorations, Medals and Insignia are military awards which recognize service, position, and personal accomplishments of a soldier while a member of the British Armed Forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career.

Generally, a senior officer or cabinet member will approach the designer for new medals. Prominent politician and community member Malta_1990 created all, if not most, of the ribbons up to and including the Amazon Campaign Medal ribbon, after which he became inactive enough that officer John F Baker took up the unofficial role.

Since the demise of the British Armed Forces, medals have generally not been issued, with the exception of the Azores medal of mid-2012.

Insignia Rules of Usage & Display

Service personnel of the British Armed Forces may wear and display a ribbon rack, medals and rank insignia on avatars, wiki pages and other display platforms provided that:

  1. Rank Insignia: The serviceman currently holds the rank corresponding to the insignia, or held it before voluntary resignation. A serviceman may not wear the insignia of any other rank than their current.
  2. Military Decorations & Honours: The serviceman has been publicly awarded the decoration or honour. Display of the medal OR the associated ribbon is allowed at any one time.
  3. Service Ribbons: The serviceman has served for 30 consecutive days in the service branch corresponding to the ribbon.
  4. Campaign Ribbons: The serviceman has fought in at least one battle for the campaign corresponding to the ribbon as a part of and as directed by the British Armed Forces.

Ribbon Rack Order of Precedence

Ribbon-Racks follow an order of precedence as follows:

  1. Military Decoration Ribbons by importance, most important first.
    1. Victoria Cross
    2. Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
    3. Distinguished Service Order
    4. Military Cross
  2. Service Medal Ribbons by order awarded, oldest first. Affix MID/KCVS pins to the service ribbon corresponding to the branch served in at the time of awarding. The service ribbon does not move position. If a MID and KCVS are both received for the same branch, only the KCVS is displayed.
  3. Military Campaign Medal Ribbons by order awarded, oldest first.
  4. Foreign Award Ribbons last (if multiple countries, country precedented by awarding), in that country's order of precedence.

Military Decorations

Military Service Medals

The following awards are given for military service of more than one continuous month in the corresponding branch of the British Armed Forces:

Defunct Service Medals

  • Textured ribbon - United Kingdom Armed Forces Group General Service Medal.png United Kingdom Armed Forces Group General Service Medal*

* While not issued directly by the Ministry of Defence, as the Armed Forces are a government-related organisation they can be said to have a place in this series, as the sole service medal still issued.

* UKSF servicemen are eligible to wear the Special Forces star directly on their British Army service ribbon [wikicode: {{Ribbon Devices|type=special-forces|ribbon=File:Textured ribbon - British Army New Service Medal.png}} ]

Campaign Medals

The following ribbons are given to all those soldiers who have fought in the respective wars and battles of the military campaigns which the UK Armed Forces have participated in:

Beta

Main article: Beta
  • Textured ribbon - Belgian Unification Campaign.png
Belgian Unification Campaign Medal Belgian Unification Campaign Medal Belgium-United Kingdom War
  • Textured ribbon - North American Campaign.png
North American Campaign Medal North American Campaign Medal USA-Canada War
  • Textured ribbon - Australasian Campaign.png
Australasian Campaign Medal Australasian Campaign Medal Indonesia-Australia War
  • Textured ribbon - Alpine Campaign.png
Alpine Campaign Medal Alpine Campaign Medal France-Switzerland War
  • Textured ribbon - First Eastern European Campaign.png
First Eastern European Campaign Medal First Eastern European Campaign Medal Germany-Poland War
  • Textured ribbon - African Campaign.png
African Campaign Medal African Campaign Medal Indonesia-South Africa War
  • Textured ribbon - Southern Scandinavian Campaign.png
Southern Scandinavian Campaign Medal Southern Scandinavian Campaign Medal Second Sweden-Germany War

World War I

Main article: World War I
  • Textured ribbon - Central European Campaign.png
First Central European Campaign Medal First Central European Campaign Medal World War I

World War II

Main article: World War II
  • Textured ribbon - French Toast Campaign.png
French Toast Campaign Medal French Toast Campaign Medal ATLANTIS Invasion of France
  • Textured ribbon - Belgian Independence Campaign.png
Belgian Independence Campaign Medal Belgian Independence Campaign Medal Brussels Rebellion
  • Textured ribbon - South American Campaign.png
South American Campaign Medal South American Campaign Medal Brazil-Argentina War
  • Textured ribbon - First Asian Campaign.png
First Asian Campaign Medal First Asian Campaign Medal Romania-Indonesia War
  • Textured ribbon - Czech Campaign.png
Czech Campaign Medal Czech Campaign Medal British Takeover of the Czech Republic
  • Textured ribbon - Turkish Resistance Campaign.png
Turkish Resistance Campaign Medal Turkish Resistance Campaign Medal Greek & Israeli Independance Wars

World War III

Main article: World War III
  • Textured ribbon - North Atlantic Campaign.png
North Atlantic Campaign Medal North Atlantic Campaign Medal PEACE invasion of North America
  • Textured ribbon - Nordic Campaign.png
Nordic Campaign Medal Nordic Campaign Medal British Invasion of Norway/Conflict with Sweden

World War IV

Main article: World War IV
  • Textured ribbon - Second Central European Campaign.png
Second Central European Campaign Medal Second Central European Campaign Medal Hungarian Invasion of Slovakia
  • Textured ribbon - Second Asian Campaign.png
Second Asian Campaign Medal Second Asian Campaign Medal American Invasion of Asia
  • Textured ribbon - New England Campaign.png
New England Campaign Medal New England Campaign Medal British Invasion of the USA
  • Textured ribbon - Second Eastern European Campaign.png
Second Eastern European Campaign Medal Second Eastern European Campaign Medal Polish Invasion of Germany
  • Textured ribbon - Western European Campaign.png
Western European Campaign Medal Western European Campaign Medal Spanish Invasion of France
  • Textured ribbon - Great British Campaign.png
Great British Campaign Medal Great British Campaign Medal EDEN Invasion of the United Kingdom
  • Textured ribbon - Ulster Campaign.png
Ulster Campaign Medal Ulster Campaign Medal Northern Ireland Resistance War
  • Textured ribbon - Amazon Campaign.png
Amazon Campaign Medal Amazon Campaign Medal Peru-Brazil War
  • Textured ribbon - Valhalla Campaign.png
Valhalla Campaign Medal Valhalla Campaign Medal Second British Invasion of Norway
  • Textured ribbon - Ireland-Canada Campaign.png
Ireland-Canada Campaign Medal Ireland-Canada Campaign Medal Ireland/Canada conflict
  • Textured ribbon - East Asian Campaign.png
East Asian Security Medal East Asian Campaign Medal Defence of Liaoning & Eastern Siberia September 2010
  • Textured ribbon - Second Great British Campaign.png
Second Great British Campaign Medal Second Great British Campaign Medal Canadian & US invasion of the UK (+ Ribbon addition - Gold Award Star.png* for participation in the battles of London)
*Type {{Ribbon Devices|number=3|type=award-star|ribbon=Textured ribbon - Second Great British Campaign.png}} for the star in the ribbon

World War V

Main article: World War V
  • Textured ribbon - Terra-UK World War V Campaign.png
UK-Terra 5th Great War Medal World War V: February 24th - April 25th, 2011
  • Textured ribbon - Second Invasion of Ireland Campaign.png
Second Invasion of Ireland Campaign Medal Second UK-Ireland War: 11th May 2011 - N/A
  • Textured ribbon - Colonial Expansion Campaign.png
Colonial Expansion Campaign Medal Newfoundland June 30th, Prince Edward Island July 2nd or Midtjylland July 5th 2011

TWO Campaigns

  • Azores Campaign Medal
Azores Campaign Medal Azores June 20th 2012 - N/A
  • Falkland Campaign Medal
Falkland-upon-Sherwood Campaign Medal (Named for the site of the first target of Argentinian agression) UK April 2013
  • 2013 Irish Campaign Medall
Maintenance of Union by Force & Conflict 2013 Ireland Campaign Medal Ireland April-May 2013

Honours & Gallantry Awards

New Decorations

Inactive Decorations

The following medals are awarded exclusively by the Military Honours and Decorations Board to soldiers for distinguished service in the UK Armed Forces and also carry post-nominal letters:

Victoria Cross (VC)
Victoria Cross
Ribbon - Victoria Cross.png
Textured ribbon-Victoria Cross.png
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
Ribbon - Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.png
Textured ribbon - Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.png
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Victoria Cross
Ribbon - Distinguished Service Order.png
Textured ribbon - Distinguished Service Order.png
Military Cross (MC)
Military Cross
Ribbon - Military Cross.png
Textured ribbon - Military Cross.png
*
King's Commendation for Valuable Service (KCVS)
King's Commendation for Valuable Service
*
Mentioned In Despatches (MID)
Mentioned In Despatches


* Only one of each awarded King's Commendation for Valuable Service or the Mentioned in Dispatches ribbon, which it overrides, may be displayed and then only on the branch a soldier was a member of at the time of receiving the award.
(wikicode: {{Ribbon Devices|number=UK|type=mid|ribbon=INSERT_RIBBON_FILENAME.PNG}})
*

Recipients who already hold the UKSF star on the appropriate service ribbon may render both achievements.
(wikicode: {{Ribbon Devices|number=UK-multi|type1=special-forces|type2=mid|ribbon=INSERT_RIBBON_FILENAME.PNG}})

Civilian Awards

Serving military personnel that receive any level of the Order of the British eRepublik Empire as issued exclusively by the Honours Committee or Prime Minister are entitled to wear an Order of the British eRepublik Empire military ribbon:

  • Textured ribbon - Order of the British eRepublik Empire - Military.png Ribbon - Order of the British eRepublik Empire - Military.png Order of the British eRepublik Empire (military division)

No new members of the Order have been appointed since mid-2011.

Ranks & Branches: Current and Historical

Military Branch OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 OF-10 OF-11
Flag-UK.jpg The United Kingdom Armed Forces Flag-UK.jpg
Royal Navy.png
Royal Navy
- Insignia - Royal Navy - Able Rate.png
Able Rate
- Insignia - Royal Navy - Leading Rate.png
Leading Rate
Insignia - Royal Navy - Petty Officer.png
Petty Officer
- - - - - - - - Insignia - Royal Navy - Captain.png
Captain
- Insignia - Royal Navy - Rear Admiral.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Rear Admiral Decorative.png
Rear Admiral
- Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral Decorative.png
Admiral
Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral of the Fleet.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral of the Fleet Decorative.png
Admiral of The Fleet
Royal Air Force.png
Royal Air Force
- Insignia - Royal Air Force - Aircraftman.jpg
Aircraftman
- Insignia - Royal Air Force - Corporal.png
Corporal
Insignia - Royal Air Force - Sergeant.png
Sergeant
- - - - - - - - Insignia - Royal Air Force - Group Captain.jpg
Group Captain
- Insignia - Royal Air Force - Air Vice Marshal.png
Air Vice Marshal
- Insignia - Royal Air Force - Air Chief Marshal.png
Air Chief Marshal
Insignia - Royal Air Force - Marshal.png
Marshal of the RAF
Defunct Branches
Flag-UK.jpg The United Kingdom Armed Forces Flag-UK.jpg
Seal of the Chief of the Defence Staff.png
Defence Staff
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General Decorative.png
Major General
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - General Decorative.png
General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff Field Marshal.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
British Army v2.png
British Army (new)
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private (Army).png
Private
- - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant (Army).png
Lieutenant
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colonel (Army).png
Colonel
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General Decorative.png
Major General
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff Field Marshal.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
-
British Army v2.png
British Army (generic)
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private (Army).png
Private
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Corporal (Army).png
Corporal
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Sergeant (Army).png
Sergeant
- - - - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colonel (Army).png
Colonel
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General Decorative.png
Major General
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - General Decorative.png
General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
British Army.png
British Army (old)
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private (Army).png
Private / Air Trooper / Gunner / Trooper
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lance Corporal.png
Lance Corporal / Lance Bombardier
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colour Sergeant.png
Major / Colour Sergeant (ATC)
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - WO1.png
Sergeant-Major Instructor (ATC)
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Captain.png
Lieutenant Colonel / Captain (ATC)
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal.png
Field Marshal
British Infantry.png
British Infantry
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private.png
Private
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lance Corporal.png
Lance Colonel
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png
Major
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
-
Royal Artillery.png
Royal Artillery
Insignia - Royal Artillery - Gunner.png
Gunner
Insignia - Royal Artillery - Lance Bombardier.png
Lance Bombardier
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png
Major
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
-
Royal Armoured Corps.png
Royal Armoured Corps
Insignia - Royal Armoured Corps - Trooper.png
Trooper
Insignia - Royal Armoured Corps - Lance Corporal.png
Lance Corporal
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png
Major
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
-
Army Air Corps.png
Army Air Corps
- Insignia - Army Air Corps - Air Trooper.png
Air Trooper
Insignia - Army Air Corps - Lance Corporal.png
Lance Corporal
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png
Major
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
-
Coat-United Kingdom.png
British Army Reserve
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private.png
Private
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lance Corporal.png
Lance Corporal
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major (Army).png
Major
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - British Armed Forces - General.png
General
-
British Army.png
Royal Logistics Corps
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff Major General.png
Major General
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff General.png
General
-
Royal Guard.png
Royal Guard
- Icon Private.jpg
Private
- - - Icon Corporal.jpg
Corporal
- - Icon Sergeant.jpg
Sergeant
Icon Lieutenant.jpg
Lieutenant
- Icon Captain.jpg
Captain
- - - - Icon Colonel.jpg
Colonel
Icon General.jpg
Brigadier
-
Army Training Corps.png
British Training Corps



Cadet
- - - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant (Army).png
Lieutenant
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colonel (Army).png
Colonel
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General Decorative.png
Major General
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff Field Marshal.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
-
British Army v2.png
British Expeditionary Force
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Private (Army).png
Private
- - - - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Lieutenant (Army).png
Lieutenant
- - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colonel (Army).png
Colonel
- Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Major General Decorative.png
Major General
- - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Staff Field Marshal.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
-
Special Forces Support Group.png
Special Forces Support Group
- - - - Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Corporal.png
Corporal
Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Major.png
Major
- - - Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
- Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Major General.png
Major General
Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - General.png
General
Insignia - Special Forces Support Group - Field Marshal.png
Field Marshal
Royal Marines.png
Royal Marines
- - - Insignia - Royal Marines - Sergeant.png
Sergeant
- Insignia - Royal Marines - Major.png
Major
- - - Insignia - Royal Marines - Lieutenant Colonel.png
Lieutenant Colonel
- - - - Insignia - Royal Marines - Brigadier.png
Brigadier
- Insignia - Royal Marines - Lieutenant General.png
Lieutenant General
Insignia - Royal Marines - General.png
General
Insignia - Royal Marines - Field Marshal.png
Captain General
Royal Parachute Regiment.png
Royal Parachute Regiment (old)
- - - - Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 1.png
Paratrooper
- - - - - - - - - Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 2.png
Operational Logistics Distributor
- Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 3.png
Spare Master Chief Parachutist Commanderer
Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 4.png
Supreme Master Chief Parachutist Commanderer
-
Royal Air Force.png
Royal Air Force (old)
- - - Insignia - Royal Air Force - Airman.png
Airman
- - - - - - - - - - - Insignia - Royal Air Force - Air Vice Marshal.png
Air Vice Marshal
Insignia - Royal Air Force - Air Marshal.png
Air Marshal
Insignia - Royal Air Force - Air Chief Marshal.png
Air Chief Marshal
Insignia - Royal Air Force - Marshal.png
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Special Forces Support Group.png
United Kingdom Special Forces
- - - - Insignia - Royal Air Force - Airman.png
Private
- - - Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 1.png
Lieutenant
- - - Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 2.png
Colonel
- Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 3.png
Major General
- - Insignia - Royal Parachute Regiment - Rank 4.png Insignia - British Armed Forces - Field Marshal Decorative.png
Field Marshal
-
Special Air Service v2.png
Special Air Service (old)
- - - - Insignia - Special Air Service - Sergeant.png
Sergeant
- - - - Insignia - British Armed Forces - Colonel (Army).png
Colonel
- - - - - Insignia - Special Air Service - Major General.png
Major General
- - -
Royal Navy.png
Royal Navy (old)


Recruit
Insignia - Royal Navy - Able Rate.png
Able Rate
Insignia - Royal Navy - Leading Rate.png
Leading Rate
- - Insignia - Royal Navy - Lieutenant.png
Lieutenant
- - - Insignia - Royal Navy - Captain.png
Captain
- - - - Insignia - Royal Navy - Commodore.png
Commodore
Insignia - Royal Navy - Rear Admiral.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Rear Admiral Decorative.png
Rear Admiral
Insignia - Royal Navy - Vice Admiral.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Vice Admiral Decorative.png
Vice Admiral
Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral Decorative.png
Admiral
Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral of the Fleet.png Insignia - Royal Navy - Admiral of the Fleet Decorative.png
Admiral of the Fleet