|Posted by National Defence Medal on July 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM|
Our campaign for a National Defence Medal began in earnest back in 2007, it pulled together several initiatives and consolidated effort in one direction. We put together a strong case but despite our endeavours the submission for the medal was turned down by the MoD in June 2009 and they considered the issue closed.
By the Autumn of 2009 the NDM campaign was re-launched and our efforts rewarded, first by a 2010 Early Day Motion in parliament supporting the institution of the medal and then by the initiation of a medal review carried out by the MoD. This review reported in 2011 but its findings and process were considered flawed, consequently government decided Sir John Holmes should conduct a new independent review from 1 May to 29 June 2012.
Today, the report of the independent Medal Review, carried out by Sir John Holmes, on behalf of the Prime Minister, has published its report. Sir John was not asked to rule on the merits of particular campaign groups’ claims but he has taken full account of the issues raised by these groups including the NDM campaign. The report concludes that the idea of a National Defence Medal, in recognition of military service of whatever form is worthy of consideration and that it is in a separate category from military campaign medals and should be treated accordingly.
Sir John has further recommended a Cabinet Office-led working group should look at the merits of the NDM along with examples of defence medals awarded by other countries. Any recommendations of the working group should initially be made to the government in the Autumn but since the decision on the NDM is of broad national significance, it would also require broad political and public consensus.
Although there is still some way to go this should be considered as a significant achievement by everyone towards the institution of a UK National Defence Medal; well done we are still in there fighting.
Click HERE to read the full Medal Review report, your comments would be appreciated.
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