Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service is a British military award for meritorious service in an operational theatre.[1] It was established in 1994,[2] when the award of the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air were discontinued.[3]

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Ribbon device
Awarded by the United Kingdom
TypeMerit award
EligibilityPersonnel of the Armed Forces
Awarded forMeritorious service in an operational theatre
StatusCurrently awarded
DescriptionRibbon device
Statistics
Established1994
Major-General Sir Evelyn John Webb-Carter KCVO OBE(RLH)
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter wearing ribbon emblems for mention in despatches and Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Criteria

A Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service is open to all ranks of the British Armed Forces for meritorious service, not in the face of an enemy, in an operational theatre. It is the lowest level of merit award, classed as 'level 4', alongside a Mention in Dispatches and other Queen's Commendations. The award does not entitle the holder to any post nominal letters.[4]

A Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service can be awarded posthumously.[1]

Manner of wear

The holder is entitled to wear an emblem of a spray of silver oak leaves. This should be worn in a similar manner to a mention in despatches. If awarded for services in a theatre for which a campaign medal has been granted, it is worn on the ribbon of the appropriate medal. If the award is made for services where no campaign medal has been granted, the emblem is to be worn directly on the coat after any medal ribbons.[5]

From 2003, in addition to British campaign medals, commendation and mention in despatches devices can be worn on United Nations, NATO and EU medals.[2] Originally only one commendation or mention in dispatches emblem of each category could be worn on any one medal ribbon.[6] In a change introduced in 2014, those with multiple awards may wear up to three of each commendation and mention in dispatch devices on a single campaign medal and ribbon bar.[7]

King's and Queen's Commendation awards

This table summarises the various King's and Queen's Commendations awarded by the United Kingdom:

Period For Bravery For Bravery (Air) For valuable service For valuable service (Air)
1939 - 1952[8] King's Commendation for
Brave Conduct
King’s Commendation for
Valuable Service in the Air
1952 - 1994[9] Queen's Commendation for
Brave Conduct
Queen’s Commendation for
Valuable Service in the Air
From 1994[1] Queen's Commendation for
Bravery
Queen's Commendation for
Bravery in the Air
Queen's Commendation for
Valuable Service

References

  1. ^ a b c "Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility". gov.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b John Mussell (ed). Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 108. Published by Token Publishing Ltd. Honiton, Devon.
  3. ^ "London Gazette: 12 August 1994 Issue:53760 Page:11527".
  4. ^ "Honours and Awards in the Armed Forces (JSP 761) (V5.0 Oct 16). Appendix 1 to Annex A, page 1A1-2". MoD Joint Services Publication. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ "No. 56878". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 March 2003. p. 3355.
  6. ^ MOD, PS12 (Jan 2012). Army Dress Regulations (All Ranks) Part 13 (PDF). MOD. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Honours and Awards in the Armed Forces (JSP 761) (V5.0 Oct 16). Paras 12.02 and 12.19". MoD Joint Services Publication. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  8. ^ "London Gazette: 24 July 1951 Supplement: 39294 Page:4035".
  9. ^ "London Gazette: 14 January 1958 Supplement: 41285 Page:365".
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Commendation

Commendation ceremony was a formal ceremony that evolved during the Early Medieval period to create a bond between a lord and his fighting man.

Commendation may also refer to:

the placing of an ecclesiastical benefice in commendam

Ulmus 'Morton Stalwart' Commendation, a Morton Arboretum hybrid cultivar

Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation, a Canadian award given to military units

Commendation Medal, a mid-level United States military decoration

Commendation for Gallantry, a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force

Meritorious Team Commendation, a unit award of the United States Coast Guard

Meritorious Unit Commendation, a mid-level unit award of the United States Armed Forces

Navy Unit Commendation, a United States Navy unit awardOfficial Commendation awards of the United Kingdom consist of:

King's and Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct, awarded 1939-1994

King's and Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air, awarded 1942-1994

Queen's Commendation for Bravery, awarded since 1994

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air, awarded since 1994

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, awarded since 1994

New Zealand Bravery Medal

The New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM) is the fourth level civil decoration of New Zealand.

It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999 as part of the move to replace British bravery awards with an indigenous New Zealand Bravery system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of "acts of bravery". The medal is primarily a civilian award, but it is also awarded to members of the armed forces who perform acts of bravery in non-operational circumstances (given that the New Zealand gallantry awards may only be awarded "while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping)".Bars are awarded to the NZBM in recognition of the performance of further acts of bravery meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters "NZBM".

The medal replaced the award of the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in respect of acts of bravery in, or meriting recognition by, New Zealand.

New Zealand Gallantry Medal

The New Zealand Gallantry Medal (NZGM) is the fourth level military decoration of the New Zealand armed forces.

It was instituted by Royal Warrant on 20 September 1999 as part of the new indigenous New Zealand Gallantry system. The medal, which may be awarded posthumously, is granted in recognition of 'acts of gallantry' while involved in war and warlike operational service (including peacekeeping).

Bars are awarded to the NZGM in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award. Recipients are entitled to the postnominal letters NZGM.

This medal replaced the award of the Mention in Despatches, the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct, and Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

Queen's Commendation for Bravery

The Queen's Commendation for Bravery and the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air are United Kingdom awards, open to both military personnel and civilians. They were established in 1994, when the award of the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air were discontinued.

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air, formerly the King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air, was a merit award for flying service awarded by the United Kingdom between 1942 and 1994.

Steven Abbott

Air Commodore Steven Abbott, (born 5 February 1956) is a former senior officer in the Royal Air Force.He was educated at the University of East Anglia (BA) and Downing College, Cambridge (MPhil) and the University of Manchester. He was Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment from 2007 until February 2010, simultaneously holding the post of Air Officer of the RAF Police.

He was a long-serving member of the RAF 'Cresta' Association, competing for the final time (on his penultimate day of RAF service) in 2011.He is a member of Chatham House and was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in 2000. He is a governor of Culford School.

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