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    Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa

    It's been a while since I've seen a good anorak medal thread on here but here I go.

    I noticed that the Defence Forces personnel who deployed to West Africa during the Ebola crisis were seemingly awarded British Ebola Medals for their service.

    They were eventually awarded the 'International Operation Service Medal' as still awarded to personnel who deploy to the Med. The Ebola crisis was one the catalysts for the issue of this medal.

    Does anyone know if they were actually awarded the medals at the British medal ceremonies they attended and if so, are they allowed to wear them?

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    You’d imagine that they were awarded the medals that they traveled to the U.K. to get with permission in uniform

    The Irish medal for the med probably hasn’t been awarded since they went to Op Sophia as they would be entitled to an EU medal now surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    You’d imagine that they were awarded the medals that they traveled to the U.K. to get with permission in uniform

    The Irish medal for the med probably hasn’t been awarded since they went to Op Sophia as they would be entitled to an EU medal now surely?
    Not sure. I'm sure some PDF would know.

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    A good friend of mine was on Op GRITROCK 1...whatever medal your medics got awarded they deserved it and probably more


    It was tight going apparently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    You’d imagine that they were awarded the medals that they traveled to the U.K. to get with permission in uniform

    The Irish medal for the med probably hasn’t been awarded since they went to Op Sophia as they would be entitled to an EU medal now surely?
    Correct, as part of EUNAVFOR MED OP SOPHIA, all ships companies have been awarded EU Common Security and Defence Policy Medal with OP SOPHIA clasp.

    LE Niamh, LE Samuel Beckett & LE James Joyce have deployed on OP SOPHIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A/TEL View Post
    Correct, as part of EUNAVFOR MED OP SOPHIA, all ships companies have been awarded EU Common Security and Defence Policy Medal with OP SOPHIA clasp.

    LE Niamh, LE Samuel Beckett & LE James Joyce have deployed on OP SOPHIA.
    So a sailor going on two separate patrols could get both medals I assume for before and after SOPHIA. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    So a sailor going on two separate patrols could get both medals I assume for before and after SOPHIA. Interesting.
    Same could have happened with Kosovo (NATO - EU) or Chad (EU - UN), there’s probably others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    So a sailor going on two separate patrols could get both medals I assume for before and after SOPHIA. Interesting.
    Gardai going to Bosnia came home with a number of medals for one mission. Start with UNMIBH, finish with EUPM
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    Gardai going to Bosnia came home with a number of medals for one mission. Start with UNMIBH, finish with EUPM
    and a bigger pay packet id say than soldiers..

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    Lads to put this to bed the norm is one mission medal per tour.Chad being a key example where the troops on the final EU mission did not receive the EU medal but received the UN medal instead when the mission changed "ownership" mid tour.
    Also I know lads who deployed with the Tpt Coy in KFOR who received the NATO article 5 medal and who went back on Inf Coy tours and received the non article 5 medal.
    DF pers deployed on OP Gritrock were presented the UK Mission medal at ceremonies in the UK with the units they deployed with.
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    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    I know personally of an individual who received the nato medal for ISAF and Resalute Support Mission medal as mission changed and trip was extended so said individual met the duration requirements for both medals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Lads to put this to bed the norm is one mission medal per tour.Chad being a key example where the troops on the final EU mission did not receive the EU medal but received the UN medal instead when the mission changed "ownership" mid tour.
    Also I know lads who deployed with the Tpt Coy in KFOR who received the NATO article 5 medal and who went back on Inf Coy tours and received the non article 5 medal.
    DF pers deployed on OP Gritrock were presented the UK Mission medal at ceremonies in the UK with the units they deployed with.
    Ah but before it's case closed; could they wear said UK medal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    Ah but before it's case closed; could they wear said UK medal?
    Only on the occasion of it's being awarded as far as I recall.
    I will double check A9 but it's not often I am wrong on dress regs
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    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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