Operational Service Medal
|OSM – Sierra Leone|
Silver and circular in shape. The obverse of the medal shows the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth. The reverse bears the Union Flag, surrounded by the inscription ‘For Operational Service’ and the four major points of the compass, with four Coronets: Royal (top left), Naval (top right), Mural-Army (bottom left), and Astral-Royal Air Force (bottom right).
Medal issued with clasp in every case for some odd reason. When the ribbon alone is worn, a silver rosette will also be worn.
Awarded with the medal for service specifically in Afghanistan. When the ribbon alone is worn, a silver rosette denotes award of the clasp.
A broad central red stripe, flanked each side by a stripe of royal blue and one of light blue, to represent the three services, with an outer stripe of green to reflect the landscape of Sierra Leone.
Democratic Republic of Congo
A broad central red stripe, flanked each side by a stripe of royal blue and one of light blue, to represent the three services, with an outer stripe of ochre to reflect the landscape of the Congo.
A broad central red stripe, flanked each side by a stripe of royal blue and one of light blue, to represent the three services, with an outer stripe of light brown to reflect the landscape of Afghanistan.
Awarded for service on any of 5 operations in Sierra Leone or the Joint Operational Area which included Senegal.
Awarded for either 14, 21, 30 or 45 days continuous or accumulated service required between certain specified dates on either Operations PALLISER, BASILICA or SILKMAN. Also awarded to those deployed on Operation MAIDENY or BARRAS on specified dates.
Full details are laid out in DCI JS 78/02
Democratic Republic of Congo
Medal with Clasp awarded to those personnel with 25 days continuous service between 14 June - 10 September 2003 on Operation CORAL within the boundaries of the Ituri Province.
Full details are laid out in 2005DIN 01-012.
Complex criteria govern the award of this medal, with varying lengths of service required depending on the operation and location.
To qualify for award of the medal with clasp, personnel must have served in Afghanistan for either 5, 21 or 30 days continuous service between various dates depending on the operation, between 11 September 2001 – 1 August 2002 for Operations JACANA and BANDOG, or to a date to be decided for Operations VERITAS, FINGAL and LANDMAN.
Service of varying lengths depending on the operation on Oerations LANDMAN, VERITAS, ORACLE, RAMSON or DAMIEN in other Middle East countries during certain specific dates will qualify for the OSM for Afghanistan without clasp.
Full details are laid out in DCI JS 126/03 and were amended in 2005DIN 01-008.
About the OSM
The Operational Service Medal (OSM) was introduced on 1 January 2000 and at the same time the General Service Medal 1962 (GSM) was discontinued, with the exception of the award of the GSM for Northern Ireland until 2007. Since its introduction, three OSMs have been issued: for service in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although each OSM looks the same, separate ribbons denote each separate award. A clasp may be awarded with the OSM to signify service in a more dangerous area or period of conflict.
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