Require the Secretary of State to introduce a National Defence Medal; and for
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
The following personnel shall be entitled to receive and wear a medal to be
known as the National Defence Medal (“the medal”).
All personnel who are in paid effective military service with the regular forces
on 1 May 2015, who have completed two calendar years service and were
enlisted on or before 2 May 2013.
All personnel who are in effective military service with the reserve forces on 1
May 2015, who have completed two annual bounty earning training years, one
of which must have been the year 2014-2015, and were enlisted on or before 2
Any member of the Military Provost Guard Service (“MPGS”) whose MPGS
paid service equates to the two years qualifying period.
Contracted Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel in service on 1 May 2015 who have
completed the two years qualifying period.
Any person who has ever servied in any of the forces mentioned in subsections
(2) - (5) for a minimum of two years shall also be eligible under subsection (1).
The Secretary of State shall by regulation make provision about the design of
No instrument containing regulations under this Act is to be made unless a
draft has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each
In this Act—
“the regular army” means any of Her Majesty‘s military forces other
the Army Reserve;
the Territorial Army; and
forces raised under the law of a British overseas territory;
“the regular forces” means the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the regular
army or the Royal Air Force;
“the reserve forces” means the Royal Fleet Reserve, the Royal Naval
Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserve, the Territorial
Army, the Royal Air Force Reserve or the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(2) This Act comes into force on the day following Royal Assent.
(3) This Act may be cited as the National Defence Medal Act 2015.