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R.N. Reserve Decoration
R.N. & R.M. Forces Volunteer Reserves Decoration
Regulations for the LS&GC Medal for the Reserves
June 1957

ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE DECORATION.

GENERAL RULES.

1. The Royal Naval Reserve Officers' Decoration is granted subject to the following regulations:

a) The Decoration may be conferred on Officers who have total Officers' service in the R.N.R. of at least 15 years. This service must be on the Active List except that R.N.R. Retired Officers may count mobilised service in Retired Rank towards the Decoration. All Officers' time counts except time in the rank of Midshipman.

(b) Commissioned Officers on the General List must have completed the period of training required for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander as follows :

(i) Seaman Officers .. 7 months.

(ii) Engineer Officers .. 4 months.

(iii) Supply Officers 4 months.

(c) Special Duties List Officers must have completed the obligatory training due for their Branch.

(d) Officers otherwise qualified, who have not undergone such training, but who have performed specially good service may, at the discretion of the Admiralty, be granted the Decoration.

(e) Registrars holding appointments as Commander (S), Lieutenant-Commander (S) and Lieutenant (S) may, at the discretion of the Admiralty, be granted the Decoration, provided they have completed 20 years' service on the active list.

2. Officers who were on the Active or Retired Lists of the Royal Naval Reserve on 2nd September, 1939, may be allowed to count mobilised service as an Officer in any branch of the Naval Forces or in the Army or Royal Air Force, from that date to date of dispersal, as double time for the purpose of reckoning eligibility for this decoration.

3. Officers who held temporary R.N.R. or R.N.V.R. commissions and subsequently transferred to the permanent R.N.R., may count all mobilised service as temporary officers as single time for the award of the Decoration.

4. The letters " R.D." will be inserted in the Navy List against the names of Officers on whom the Decoration is conferred.

5. Applications for the award of the Decoration or clasp should be addressed as laid down in Article 1201 in the R.N.R. Regulations.

8. Any Officer on whom this Decoration has been conferred may, if convicted of any act derogatory to his honour as an Officer and a gentleman, tie deprived of it, with Her Majesty the Queen's approval.

Clasp to the Reserve Decoration.

An officer will be eligible for the award of a Clasp to the Reserve Decoration after completing ten years' additional service on the Active List. The rules governing the counting of service are the same as for the award of the Reserve Decoration itself, except that in no circumstances does any service count double for the assessment of the additional ten years. The award of the Clasp is not retrospective and only officers serving on the Active List on or after 1st June, 1954, are eligible for the awards.

Rosettes, which are issued at the same time as the Clasp, are to be worn on the ribbon of the Reserve Decoration when the ribbon is worn without the Decoration.

ROYAL NAVAL AND ROYAL MARINE FORCES VOLUNTEER RESERVES DECORATION.

1. (.4) Officers who were members of the Permanent R.N.V.R., either as an officer or a rating prior to 3rd September, 1939.

Officers must have 20 years' service which need not be continuous. Honorary service will not be allowed to count. The following will be allowed to count towards the 20 years

(a) All Officers' service over 17 years of age in the R.N.V.R. (including time as Midshipman, R.N.V.R.), and all commissioned service In the Royal Naval Reserve, in the Army Volunteer or Territorial Force, or in a contingent of the Officers' Training Corps.

Half the time served as a rating of the R.N.V.R. or Royal Naval Reserve, or in the ranks of the Army Volunteer or Territorial Force, or as a cadet in a senior Contingent of the Officers' Training Corps from the age of 17. Service in the ranks of a junior contingent of the Officers' Training Corps from the age of 15 will also count as half time, provided that the unit formed part of the organisation existing before 21st May, 1910.

(c) All previous service qualifying for the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Efficiency Decoration.

(d) Officers who belonged either to the R.N.V.R., R.N.R., or R.N.A.S.B.R., as Officer or man, on 4th August, 1914, may count mobilised service in any branch of the Naval Forces (including that under special Admiralty Agreements, T.124, and its variants) or in the Army or Royal Air Force, from 4th August, 1914, to date of demobilisation or dispersal, as double in the case of Officer's time or full in the case of man's time.

(e) Officers who were on the active or retired list of the permanent R.N.R " R.N.V.R., or R.N.V.(W)R., on the 2nd September, 1939, may count mobilised time from that date to the date of dispersal as double.

(f) Mobilised service qualifying for the R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal may count in full instead of half only as in time of peace.

(g) Officers and men who transfer to the R.N.V.R. from the Territorial Force before completing time for the Territorial Force Decoration or Medal, and have not qualified for either in respect of service during the First World War (1914-1919), may count any service allowed to count towards those Decorations.

(h) Temporary Officers who were rating members of the permanent R.N.V.R. on the 2nd September, 1939 may count service from date of dispersal to date of transfer to the permanent R.N.V.R. as half provided the transfer is effected before the end of the Emergency which was declared in 1939-Any service after the end of that Emergency period before transfer will not count at all. Temporary officer service will count as single time.

(B) Officers who became members of the Permanent R.N.V.R., either as an officer or a rating on or subsequent to 3rd September, 1939.

Officers must have 15 years' service over the age of 17 years, which need not be continuous. Honorary service will not be allowed to count. The following service will be allowed to count towards the 15 years:

(a) All officers' service in the permanent R.N.V.R. (including time served as Midshipman, R.N.V.R.), and all service as an officer in the permanent R.N.R., the R.M.F.V.R., R.N.V.(W)R., the Army Territorial Force, the Auxiliary Air Force, or R.A.F.V.R. Service in the above forces will, however, not be allowed to count if it was solely for duty with a Cadet Force.

(b) Half the time served as a rating or other rank of the permanent R.N.V.R., R.N.R., R.M.F.V.R., R.N.A.S.B.R., R.N.V.(W.)R., or in the ranks of the Army Territorial Force,

Auxiliary Air Force or R.A.F.V.R., or in a Cadet Force over the age of 17.

(c) All previous service qualifying for the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Efficiency Decoration provided it has not already been awarded.

(d) All officers' service or half the time served as a rating or other rank in the R.N., R.M., Army, R.A.F., or similar Dominion or Colonial Forces on any engagement.

(e) Temporary officers who have not previously served in the permanent R.N.V.R. and who are subsequently granted a permanent commission in the R.N.V.R. may count all mobilised time served as a temporary officer.

Notwithstanding the above a minimum of seven years must have been served in the R.N.V.R. in any capacity before being eligible for the award of the V. R. D.

2. (A) Officers who were members of the Permanent R.N.V.R. Prior to 3rd September, 1939. The Decoration, i1 awarded, will be issued from the Branch of the two Services in which the Officer shall have served the greater portion of his last 10 years of qualifying Service.

(B) Officers who became members of the Permanent R.N.V.R. on or subsequent to 3rd September, 1939.

The Decoration, if awarded, will be issued from the Branch of the three Services in which the officer completes his qualifying period of service.

8. Service qualifying for the R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or the equivalent medal in other Services cannot count if the medal has actually been awarded.

4. Applications for this Decoration are to be made in writing by the Commanding Officer of the Division to the Admiral Commanding Reserves for the consideration of the Admiralty, each case being supported by a statement of the applicant's service on form R.N.V. 11. The Decoration being granted as a reward for good and long service, Commanding Officers should in each case state in general terms the reasons which in their opinion, give the applicant a claim to receive the Decoration.

5. The letters " V.R.D." will be inserted In the Navy List against the names of the Officers to whom the Decoration is awarded.

R. An Officer who has previously been granted the R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, may subsequently be awarded and wear the Volunteer Reserve Decoration provided he completes both periods of qualifying service.

7. Any Officer on whom this Decoration has been conferred may, if convicted of any act derogatory to his honour as an Officer and a gentleman, be deprived of it, with Her Majesty the Queen's approve .

8. Clasp to the Volunteer Reserve Decoration.

An officer will be eligible for the award of a Clasp to the Volunteer Reserve Decoration after completing ten years additional service on the Active List. The rules governing the counting of service are the same as for the award of the Volunteer Reserve Decoration itself, except that in no circumstances does any service count double for the assessment of the additional ten years. The award of the Clasp is not retrospective and only officers serving on the Active List on or after 1st June, 1954, are eligible for the award.

Rosettes, which are issued at the same time as the Clasp, are to be worn on the ribbon of the Volunteer Reserve Decoration when the ribbon is worn without the Decoration.

9. Officers of the R.M.F.V.R.

Officers of the R.M.F.V.R. are eligible for award of the Decoration and Clasp under the same general rules as are applicable to R.N.V.R. Officers who enrolled in the Reserve after 3rd September, 1939 (paras. 1(13) and 8 above) but with the additional concession that they may also reckon in full as qualifying service the period between dispersal from full-time service at the end of the Second World War and entry into the R.M.F.V.R., on condition that they entered the R.M.F.V.R. within six months of the opening of the Centre nearest their home at the time.

Applications should be made to the Commandant General, Royal Marines, in accordance with the general procedure in paragraph 4 above.

REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL FOR THE ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE.

The Medal will be granted under the following conditions:

1. To Royal Naval Reserve men who have satisfactorily completed 15 years' service with continuous "Very Good" character have entered their fourth period of service and have performed all requisite training.

2. To entitle a man to a Medal, he must be eligible as above and have been recommended for the award by the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen.

8. Except as shown in clause 0 service with the Regular Forces, Militia or Special Reserve, will not be allowed to reckon towards the qualifying period, but all service with the Auxiliary Forces, including service qualifying for the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal. will reckon, provided the last five years have been served in the R.N.R

4. Men transferred from the Royal Naval Reserve to the Royal Navy or the Royal Fleet Reserve, and men discharged from the R.N.R. on completion of a term of enrolment or on becoming medically unfit, who enter the Royal Navy and eventually enrol in the Royal Fleet Reserve, may count service in the Royal Fleet Reserve toward the R.N.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, provided that prior service in the Royal Naval Reserve is declared on entry in the Royal Navy.

b. Men awarded the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal under the preceding paragraph, who subsequently qualify for the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, will be required to relinquish the former as a condition of the award of the latter.

8 (a) Officers and men who belonged to the permanent R.N.R. on 2nd September, 1939, are allowed to count mobilised time from that date to the date of dispersal or discharge as double time for the purpose of reckoning eligibility for this medal.

(b) Permanent ratings of the R.N.R., who were serving on 2nd September, 1939, and who were subsequently granted Temporary commissions in the R.N.R./R.N.V.R. may count their temporary commissioned service as double time towards their eligibility for this medal.

(c) Temporary service in the R.N. in response to a call for volunteers, will also count towards the award of this medal.

(d) Service in the Royal Navy on an Extended Service Engagement will reckon towards the medal.

The medal may be awarded during such temporary R.N. Service, if due.

7. The requirements in clause 1 that the fourth period of enrolment must have been entered, are abrogated in the case of those coming under the foregoing concessions (Clauses 4, 5 and 8).

8. Men who have been granted the R.N.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and who have served for a further period which would have again qualified them for an award of a medal, may be awarded a clasp to the original medal. Rosettes (similar to those worn on the ribbon of the 1914 Star), which are issued at the same time as the Class, are to be worn on the ribbon of the R.N.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, when the ribbon is worn without the Medal.

9. The Medal may be granted to a Commissioned Officer who has served as a Branch Officer, Petty Officer or man in the R.N.R., on completion of 15 years' combined service. Time reckoning for the medal under this clause cannot, however, also be counted for the Reserve Decoration.

10. Commissioned and Branch Officers of the R.N.R. (Patrol Service) promoted from the lower deck are also eligible for this Medal.

11. Applications, on Form R.V. 74, from Reservists eligible for the award of this Medal are to be forwarded by the Registrar to the Registrar-General for transmission to the Director of Navy Accounts, who will determine the validity or otherwise of any claim to the Medal.

Deprivation of Medal.

12. When the conduct of any Reservist after he has been awarded the Medal is considered to be such as to disqualify him from wearing it, he may be deprived of it by the Admiral Commanding Reserves. The deprivation will be reported to the Admiralty.

NOTE.-When a Reservist is mobilised the rules for the deprivation of the Long Service and Good

Conduct Medal, as laid down in Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, Article 1958, are to be followed.

Restoration.

13. A man who has been deprived of the Medal for misconduct may have it restored at the discretion of the Admiral Commanding Reserves on completion of five years' service with "Very Good" conduct before discharge, or on discharge from the Reserve provided that he has completed at least three years' service with " Very Good " conduct.

Loss of Medal.

14. When it is desired to replace a Medal which has been accidentally lost, the Reservist to whom the Medal belonged must make a declaration before a Magistrate, or Registrar of Royal Naval Reserve, stating the circumstances in which the loss occurred, together with his rank or rating, name, and number of his certificate book. This declaration will be sent to the Director of Navy Accounts through the Registrar-General, and the Medal will be replaced on payment, if the explanation of its loss is considered satisfactory.

REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL FOR THE ROYAL NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE.

1. The R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal will be granted to men of the R.N.V.R. after 12 years' qualifying service as defined below, provided that during such service their character has never been assessed below " Very Good." Those who serve for a further period which would again qualify them for the award of a medal may be awarded a clasp to the medal. The clasp may also be granted under the same conditions to officers who have received the medal, provided they are not eligible for the award of the Volunteer Reserve Decoration. The Medal or clasp may be granted to men who have quitted the R.N.V.R., if they are qualified.

2. The following will be allowed to reckon as qualifying service, which need not be continuous:

(a) service in the R.N.V.R. as " Efficient."

(b) service from the age of 15 in the R.N.V.R. Boys' Corps or Royal Naval or Royal Marine Volunteer Cadet Corps, provided enrolment in the R.N.V.R. occurred within six months of leaving the Boys' Corps or Cadet Corps.

Temporary service in the Royal Navy, in response to a call for volunteers, will count as single time towards the qualifying period for the award of this medal, and the medal may be awarded during such temporary service, if due.

Service in the Royal Navy on an Extended Service Engagement will reckon towards the medal.

Except as provided above, service with the Regular Forces, Militia or Special Reserve will not count.

(c) men who belonged to the permanent R.N.V.R. on 2nd September, 1939, are allowed to count mobilised time from that date to the date of dispersal or discharge as double time for the purpose of reckoning eligibility for this medal.

(d) permanent ratings of the R.N.V.R. who were serving on 2nd September, 1939, and who were subsequently granted Temporary commissions in the R.N.R./R.N.V.R. may count their temporary commissioned service as double time towards their eligibility for this medal.

(e) service in the Territorial Army, as Officer or man, of R.N.V.R. ratings, provided that the last five years have been served in the R.N.V.R.

(f) service with the Auxiliary Forces including service qualifying for the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal, provided the last five years have been served in the R.N.V.R.

(g) service from the age of 15 in the ranks of a junior contingent of the Officers' Training Corps, provided the unit formed part of the organisation existing before 21st May, 1910, and the man concerned entered the R.N.V.R. within six months of leaving the contingent.

(h) service from the age of 15 in a Cadet Corps or Cadet Battalion of the Army Volunteers.

3. An Officer who has previously been granted the R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and is subsequently granted the Volunteer Officers' Decoration, may wear both Medal and Decoration.

4. APPLICATIONS should be made on Form R.N.V. 12 to the Admiral Commanding Reserves. who will determine the validity or otherwise of any claim.

5. DEPRIVATION OF MEDAL.-When the conduct of a member after he has been awarded the medal Is considered to be such as to disqualify him from wearing it, he may be deprived of it by the Admiral Commanding Reserves. The deprivation will be reported to the Admiralty.

NOTE.-When a Reservist is mobilised the rules for the deprivation of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, as laid down In Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, Article 1958 are to be followed.

B. RESTORATION OF MEDAL.-A man who has been deprived of the Medal for misconduct may have it restored at the discretion of the Admiral Commanding Reserves on completion of five years' service with " Very Good " conduct before discharge, or on discharge from the Reserve provided that he has completed at least three years' service with " Very Good " conduct.

7. Loss of MEDAL.-When it is desired to replace a medal which has been accidentally lost by the holder, a declaration must be made before a Magistrate, or before a Commissioned Officer of the R.N.V.R., stating the circumstances in which the loss occurred, and the name, rank, and official number of the man to whom the medal belonged. This declaration will be sent to the Admiralty through the usual channel in the case of a man who is still serving, and direct in the case of one who has retired. The medal will be replaced, on payment, if the explanation of its loss is considered satisfactory.

3. ROSETTES - Rosettes (similar to those worn on the ribbon of the 1914 Star), which are issued at the same time as the Clasps, are to be worn on the ribbon of the R.N.V.R. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, when the ribbon is worn without the Medal.

REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL FOR THE ROYAL FLEET RESERVE.

1. Men of the Royal Fleet Reserve who are not in possession of the R.N. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal are eligible for the award of the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal provided that they :

(a) have completed at least 15 years' service In the Fleet and Royal Fleet Reserve combined; for this purpose efficient service in the R.N.V.R. (R.M.F.V.R. for Royal Marines) or in the Commonwealth Forces may count as qualifying service ;

(b) have satisfactorily carried out the prescribed training ;

(c) have obtained a character not below " V.G." during the 15 years preceding the award

(d) have not been awarded a character below " Good " during any year of their service from the age of 18 (but see Clause 2); and

(e) are recommended for the award of the medal by the Registrar of the Royal Fleet Reserve.

Men holding the medal who complete a further 15 years' service under the above conditions may be awarded a clasp to the medal.

2. Men whose characters were assessed below " Good " during the first five years of their active service from the age of 18 may be specially considered for award of the medal either :

(a) After the completion of 15 years' service with continuous " V.G." character, on the ground of having displayed heroism or gallantry in action, or having rendered some special service in time of emergency, subsequently to the assessment of character below " Good," or

(b) On the ground of having 18 years' service with continuous " V.G." character subsequent to that assessment.

The conditions laid down in clause 1 (a), (b), (c) and (e) will apply to all men. Desertion at any time will render a man ineligible for the award of the medal, except in special circumstances where a man can show the necessary period of service with continuous " V.G." character commencing from the date of recovery from desertion.

3. Men in possession of the Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal who subsequently re-enter the Royal Navy or Royal Marines on regular engagements and qualify for the award of the Active Service, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, will be required to surrender the Reserve Medal on being awarded the Active Service Medal. Similarly, men who possess the Royal Fleet Reserve Medal will be required to surrender it on being subsequently awarded the Royal Australian Navy or the Royal Canadian Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

4. When the conduct of any man after he has been awarded the Medal is considered to be such as to disqualify him from wearing it, he may be deprived of it by the Commander-in-Chief or the Commandant General, Royal Marines. The deprivation will be reported to the Admiralty.

When reservists are mobilised or re-entered in the Royal Navy, the regulations for the deprivation of the Active Service, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions Article 1958) are to apply equally to the deprivation of the Royal Fleet Reserve Medal.

5. A man who has been deprived of the Medal for misconduct may have it restored at the discretion of the Commander-in-Chief or the Commandant General, Royal Marines, on completion of five years' service with ` Very Good " conduct before discharge, or on discharge from the Reserve provided that he has completed at least three years' service with " Very Good" conduct.

8. When it is desired to replace a medal which has been accidentally lost, the man to whom the medal belonged must make a declaration before a Magistrate or Registrar of the Royal Fleet Reserve, stating the circumstances in which the loss occurred, together with his rating, name, class, number in the Reserve, and Royal Naval official number, or Royal Marine register number. This declaration will be sent to the Admiralty through the Registrar of the Royal Fleet Reserve, and the Medal will be replaced, on payment, if the explanation of its loss is considered satisfactory.

7. Medals are to be worn, in conformity with the Regulations for Naval Uniforms (Ratings), with No. 2 dress (or No. 7 dress in hot climates) on those occasions when the wearing of No. 1 or No. (1 dress is authorised for Active Service ratings, i.e., at inspections and musters, on ceremonial occasions, and on Sundays in harbour. Medals are not to be worn on any other occasion.

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