Ministry of Defence announced on 23 February 2004 the
qualifying criteria for the campaign medal recognising
service during Operation Telic. The Iraq Medal
marks service in, and in support of, operations in Iraq
from 20 January 2003, and can be awarded to UK Armed
Forces and civilian personnel, including embedded media,
and certain foreign nationals assigned to the operation.
personnel and MOD civilians who died during their service
in Kuwait or Iraq automatically qualify for posthumous
award of the medal. Personnel who served on the operation
between 19 March and 28 April 2003 may also qualify
for a clasp, inscribed "19 MAR - 28 APR 2003"
to be worn on the medal ribbon. The area of operations
has been divided into Zone One (Iraq and Kuwait) and
Zone Two (elsewhere in the Gulf region in support of
the operation) for determining eligibility.
qualifying periods of service are:
Medal with Clasp "19 MAR - 28 APR 2003":
One (Iraq and Kuwait)- 7 days continuous service during
period 19 March 2003 to 28 April 2003
based outside but flying two or more sorties into
Zone One during period 19 March 2003 to 28 April 2003
Medal without Clasp:
in Zone One (Iraq) not completing 7 days service during
period 19 March 2003 to 28 April 2003, but with 30
days continuous service between 20 January 2003 and
24 March 2003, or 30 days continuous service from
23 April 2003 to a date to be notified.
in Zone One (Kuwait) not completing 7 days service
during period 19 March 2003 to 28 April 2003, but
with 30 days continuous service between 20 January
2003 and 24 March 2003, or 30 days continuous service
from 23 April 2003 to 10 August 2003.
with 30 days continuous service in Zone Two between
20 January 2003 and 28 April 2003.
based outside both Zones One and Two but with 30 sorties
flown into the Zones at a rate of not more than one
per day, during the period 20 January 2003 to 28 April
based outside of Iraq but flying 10 sorties into Iraq
from 28 April 2003 to a date to be notifed, at a rate
of not more than one per day.
medal is made of cupro-nickel and bears on the obverse
the crowned image of Her Majesty The Queen. The reverse
shows an ancient Assyrian Lamussu sculpture above the
word Iraq. The one-and-a-quarter inch wide ribbon is
a sand colour with three central stripes of black, white
and red. The first medals are expected to be available
for issue in the spring of 2004.
Office contact details are:
Navy Medal Office
Marine Medal Office
St Giles Court
who believe they qualify for the medal should contact
the appropriate office above.
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