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I have to admit to being a little out of date on the honours system. What exactly is a team award? Is this something that appears in the London Gazette along with the OBEs, MBEs, etc, or is it something that is entirely in-service?
I've been following these lists since I left in 1977. For many years it was pleasant to see old chums' names from time to time. Now it's chastening to realise that 99% of those on this list probably weren't even in the service when I left (and some not born!) Well done to all anyway.
I know of a guy who has been a civilian instructor on an Air Training Corps squadron for the best part of 40 years, the guy is a leading light of the trainning program and this is reflected in the cadets exam results.
I can't help thinking that voluntary work over such a long period should get some sort of award but I fear that the guy has been in post for so long that the upper management see him as part of the furniture and have not considered putting his name forward.
Would any of the other members of this forum like to comment on if this guy sounds like a suitable candidate for consideration for some sort of award?
"CBEs and above are problematic. While it is certainly the case that outstanding individuals do receive knighthoods, these deserving men and women are obliged to rub shoulders with a number of others who have carried out some disreputable act. A knighthood is far too often a sign that the recipient may have kept quiet about something he or she should have made public, done some illicit favour for the government of the day, paid a large sum of money into the bank account of a major political party or (in the case of civil servants) is being rewarded for not rocking the boat over an extended period of years. It goes without saying that peerages are even more dubious, as the wholly disreputable conduct of so many peers once they arrive in the House of Lords proves."
"is being rewarded for not rocking the boat over an extended period of years"
"the recipient may have kept quiet about something he or she should have made public"
Would anyone honour me if I shrieked meaningless lyrics out of tune, or put my dirty bedding into a museum? No, thought not.
What an utter disgrace. Added to which, I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that Emin woman making some very anti-Royal family statements a while ago. And someone that ugly doesn't deserve recognition anyway!
So what exactly did all these people do to deserve an award?
c130jbloke - Although said in response to a different question, Jambo Jet has also answered your question. These individuals were fortunate enough to have a chain of command that actually thought about their troops, had the good fortune to be able to string a coherent sentence together and then actually been bothered to write the citation in the first place.
It is my opinion that as an organisational whole, the RAF is shockingly bad at putting its people forward for honours and awards compared to the other services. There seems to have been a gradual move over the years to a mindset of you are paid to do your job, so just being good at what you do isn't enough. A couple of years ago, I put one of my FS's name forward for an award precisely for that very reason; he had shown, over many many years, a level of technical ability and personal qualities that lead to an unusual level of respect and trust by his peers, subordinates and seniors. He ended up getting an MBE and was the only RAF name on that list that received such an award for being exceptional at what he did. That he was the only recipient on that basis was also noted by Air Cmd when they put out a report noting a degree of disappointment that Chains of Command weren't recognising individuals for their abilities at a time of high op tempo.
Now there are those who suggest that being good at your job is what you get paid and promoted for. I would have agreed entirely until recently, but as Big Pants notes, the Telegraph seems to have summed things up far more eloquently than I ever could. Furthemore, a quick look at the link to the Cabinet Office honours page suggests that
72% of recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
So it seems that these days being paid should no longer be seen as a barrier to deserving individuals being nominated.
Some of the wider nominations did also raise an eyebrow at Melchett Towers this morning, including as Tableview notes, that Emin creature. The number of Olympic awards, whilst unsurprising and welcome after one of the few bright spots in an otherwise pretty dismal year, does also highlight the inconsistencies in Govt policy towards double medalling. If the Armed Forces cannot accept and wear NATO or other medals for operations where a UK medal has been awarded, does that mean the Olympic recipients will have to hand their medals back? No? Thought as much, the usual double standards by politicians where it suits.
A & C - ATC Civilian Instructors should get a Commandants Commendation after prescribed periods of service, will have to check but I think it starts at 14 years and includes one at 26 years. However it all depends on the system being reminded that it is due. If you need the info please PM me and I'll dig it out for you.
"Strange how all these raging republicans are quite happy to be associated with Royalty when one is placing ribbons round their necks. Sometimes would rather put something else around their necks but the ceremonial noose is up in the attic somewhere along with hundreds of placemats and Andrew's model helicopter collection."
*(Not actually factual)
Last edited by TheWizard; 30th Dec 2012 at 00:02.
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