- Mr Juan Watterson MHKArmed Forces Champion
- Isle of Man Government Douglas Isle of ManClerk of Tynwald Office
The National Defence Medal for all Veterans in the Isle of Man and the UK
THE REASONS A ‘NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL’ SHOULD BE AWARDED IN 2016
Once instituted the National Defence Medal is an award exclusive to Isle of Man and the UK.
It recognises all those service men and women from Isle of Man who gave an allegiance, oath or affirmation to the reigning monarch to defend the United Kingdom.
This medal serves to honour the achievement and contribution of those from United Kingdom who served in HM Armed Forces and defended the nation at home or on foreign land at some time since 1945.
It will be awarded in accordance with the criteria for Regular, Territorial/ Reserve/ National Service and Volunteer who served or are currently serving in the Army, Navy and Air Force.
It recognises defence service and does not contravene any of what are referred to as guiding principles for the Institution of medals.
It requires defence service to be attested reckonable service to United Kingdom Armed Forces. This is a tour of duty that is required to serve from the time of enlistment.
The medal defines defence service undertaken throughout a tour of duty. It includes all those who served in support of any operation in times of crisis, emergency or arduous service conditions.
It recognises the day to day dangerous situations that perpetually pervades life as a member of the Armed Forces.
It recognises combat operations for which campaign medals may not be awarded.
Special Conditions: In the event defence service was brought to a premature end prior to the completion of the required period of service as a result of military unit disbanding, restructure, amalgamating, by death or injuries while on duty or by no fault of the service person. The National Defence Medal will be awarded to all those who served, including immediate relatives of the deceased.
‘We must never forget that all those who served in HM Armed Forces are deserving of gratitude and respect of the nation for their sacrifice to keep United Kingdom safe. This comes with a duty of care owed to them for their defence service.’
- Armed Forces Champion
Mr Juan Watterson MHK
- Clerk of Tynwald Office
Isle of Man Government Douglas Isle of Man
The National Defence Medal for all Veterans in the Isle of Man
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