This can mean one of two things:
- Distinguished Conduct Medal
- District Court Martial
One is good, getting the other one not so. The DCM is - or rather was, as it became defunct in 1993 - a gallantry award of the second level, i.e. one down from the Victoria Cross. Many DCM winners were near misses for the VC and holders of DCMs were very respected individuals indeed.
The DCM actually predates the VC by two years, being first awarded during the Crimean War and was the first award instituted to recognise gallantry amongst other ranks. Around twenty-five thousand DCMs were awarded during the Great War alone.
So, if the Badge recommends you for a DCM, it no longer means you're getting a shiny thing to wear on your Ginger marching suit, but rather an excuse to wear it... at a District Court Martial. Do not pass Go. Do not collect £200. Go to jail.
More here: DCM
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