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Changes to service medals announced

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As part of Strong, Secure, Engaged, (SSE 7), the Government of Canada is modernizing the Canadian Armed Forces Honours and Awards system to ensure military members’ service to Canada is recognized in a more timely and appropriate manner.

See link for info:

https://ml-fd.caf-fac.ca/en/2020/01/36817?fbclid=IwAR3Z8Nzkfvesno5fG0fJzX-J6tVW56lIl_zHl1UrngU6WO6W51X8QJFFErQ
 
And as follow-up/additional info...

CANFORGEN 001/20 CMP 001/20 061924Z JAN 20

MODIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SERVICE MEDALS UNCLASSIFIED

UNCLASSIFIED

REFS: A. CANFORGEN 021/18
B. PC 2019-1220 TO PC 2019-1222 27AUG 2019
C. PC 2019-1392 TO PC 2019-1402 19DEC 2019
D. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09
E. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09

1. AS PART OF CANADA S NEW DEFENCE POLICY QUOTE STRONG, SECURE, ENGAGED UNQUOTE, THERE IS AN INITIATIVE TO MODERNIZE THE OUVERSEAS SVC RECOGNITION FRAMEWORK TO MAKE SVC MEDALS MORE ACCESSIBLE AND FLEXIBLE TO ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY RECOGNITION OF CAF MBRS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN AND SP TO OPS

2. THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED IN THIS MSG ARE FURTHER TO REF A AND CONSTITUTE THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS INITIATIVE

3. ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CDS IN CONSULTATION WITH AFC, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A MODIFICATION OF THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE MEDALS AS FOLLOWS:

(A) THE TIME CRITERIA FOR CERTAIN CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE MEDALS IS AMENDED AS FOLLOWS FROM THE RESPECTIVE EFF DATE INDICATED. ALL TIME IS CUMULATIVE:

(1) GCS - SOUTH WEST ASIA FROM 30 DAYS TO 14 DAYS EFF 13 MAR 14

(2) GCS - EXPEDITION FROM 30 DAYS TO 14 DAYS EFF 5 OCT 14

(3) GSM - SOUTH WEST ASIA FOR CDN CIVILIANS THAT SERVE IN THE THEATRE OF OPS IN SP OF THE CAF FROM 30 DAYS TO 14 DAYS EFF 13 MAR 14

(4) GSM - SOUTH WEST ASIA FOR OP SP PROVIDED BY MIL PERS AND CDN CIVILIANS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE THEATRE OF OPS FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 13 MAR 14

(5) GSM - EXPEDITION FOR CDN CIVILIANS THAT SERVE IN THE THEATRE OF OPS IN SP OF THE CAF FROM 30 DAYS TO 14 DAYS EFF 5 OCT 14

(6) GSM - EXPEDITION FOR OP SP PROVIDED BY MIL PERS AND CDN CIVILIANS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE THEATRE OF OPS FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 5 OCT 14

(7) OSM - SOUTH WEST ASIA FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 13 MAR 14

(8 ) OSM - SIERRA LEONE FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 17 FEB 13

(9) OSM - HAITI FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 1 JUL 17

(10) OSM - SUDAN FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 30 JUL 16

(11) OSM - HUMANITAS FROM 30 DAYS TO 14 DAYS EFF 28 APR 15

(12) OSM - EXPEDITION FROM 30 DAYS TO 21 DAYS EFF 15 MAY 14

(B) PERS WHO HAVE ELIGIBLE SVC UNDER THE OLD CRITERIA BUT DID NOT MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, AND ALSO HAVE ELIGIBLE SVC UNDER THE NEW ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, SHALL BE ALLOWED TO COMBINE ALL THE ELIGIBLE DAYS OF SERVICE TOWARDS THE NEW CRITERIA. ESSENTIALLY, ONE HAS TO SERVE AT LEAST ONE ELIGIBLE DAY UNDER THE NEW ELIGIBILITY TO BE ABLE TO CUMULATE ALL PAST ELIGIBLE SVC TOWARD THE SHORTER CRITERIA

(C) CRITERIA FOR THE FIRST ROTO BAR IS AMENDED FROM 180 DAYS AFTER ELIGIBILITY FOR THE INITIAL MEDAL TO A STANDARD TOTAL OF 210 DAYS OF ACCUMULATED ELIGIBLE SERVICE INCLUDING THE TIME USED TO EARN THE INITIAL MEDAL. ALL SUBSEQUENT ROTATION BARS WILL REQUIRE A FURTHER 180 DAYS ACCUMULATED ELIGIBLE SERVICE SINCE THE LAST BAR

(D) MBRS OF ALLIED FORCES AND CDN CITIZENS WHO ARE UNDER THE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF THE CAF WILL NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SSM FROM 29 APR 14 ONWARDS IF THEY OTHERWISE MEET THE CRITERIA FOR THE MEDAL AND RELATED BAR

(E) STAFF ASSISTANCE VISITS (SAVS), STAFF INSPECTION VISITS (SIVS), AND SPECIALIST VISITS WILL NOW QUALIFY FOR THE GCS, GSM, OSM, SSM AND CPSM. VISITS FOR THE CONDUCT OF LEADERSHIP, COMMAND, MORALE, ACADEMIC STUDIES, SURVEYS OR OTHER SIMILAR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES REMAIN EXCLUDED FROM QUALIFICATION

4. FULL CRITERIA AS WELL AS COMPLETE ELIGIBILITY LISTS MAY BE FOUND ON THE DH AND R WEB SITE AT https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/medals/medals-chart-index.html

5. APPLICATIONS FOR ELIGIBLE PERS SHALL BE MADE IAW REFS D AND E
 
So, someone with two flying deployments for Op IMPAt as long as one is 21 days or longer and the other one includes 14 or more days over days flying over Iraq/Syria should get both?
 
Last time that I looked into this to see which of my troops qualified for what, the big reference was   

From CANFORGEN 201/18: “THE GSM, OR BAR TO THE GSM, MAY ONLY BE AWARDED TO AN ELIGIBLE PERSON WHO IS IN AN ELIGIBLE LOCATION 180 DAYS OR MORE EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER THE DAY THEY QUALIFIED FOR THE GCS OR THEIR LATEST BAR TO THE GCS” 

My understanding is that this will still be in effect, such that if a mbr spends anywhere up to 179 days after qualifying for a GSM-EXP, then qualifies for a GCS-EXP, they can't qualify for a GSM-EXP for at least another 180 days after that.

Did I miss anything?
 
Do you have the full CANFORGEN 201/18?  In my example, it’s the GSM first then the GCS.

Edit: I read the CANFORGEN and I have a hard time making full sense of it.  We have guys who went over twice to IMPACT.  Let’s say:

A person deploys to Op IMPACT (Kuwait or Qatar) and meets eligibility criteria for GSM.  On a second tour, starting more than 180 days after returning from the first deployment, he flies over Iraq for more than 14 missions.  Could that person get both?

If not, could that person exchange his GSM for a GCS?
 
I dont see why we needed this change, or why the rotation bar wasn't changed as well. We already had an existing mechanism that the RCN used all the time, multiplicative service (each day counts for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days) so that they'd get a medal even though they spent 5 months transitting but only 30 days in the ops box.

If we're going to overhaul the system,  do it properly. Remove an arbitrary days requirement and tie it to a " honourably completed attach posting message". Finish your tour? Get a medal. Get sent home for drinking/bad performance/frat? No medal. Medical/compassionate considered honorable completion. Then there's no appendage waving about days in theatre, or people watching the calendar to try to squeak out a medal because they finished their TAV a week ago but are 5 random days short of the medal.
 
PuckChaser said:
If we're going to overhaul the system,  do it properly. Remove an arbitrary days requirement and tie it to a " honourably completed attach posting message". Finish your tour? Get a medal. Get sent home for drinking/bad performance/frat? No medal. Medical/compassionate considered honorable completion. Then there's no appendage waving about days in theatre, or people watching the calendar to try to squeak out a medal because they finished their TAV a week ago but are 5 random days short of the medal.

Great idea  :nod:
 
SupersonicMax said:
Do you have the full CANFORGEN 201/18?  In my example, it’s the GSM first then the GCS.

Edit: I read the CANFORGEN and I have a hard time making full sense of it.  We have guys who went over twice to IMPACT.  Let’s say:

A person deploys to Op IMPACT (Kuwait or Qatar) and meets eligibility criteria for GSM.  On a second tour, starting more than 180 days after returning from the first deployment, he flies over Iraq for more than 14 missions.  Could that person get both?

If not, could that person exchange his GSM for a GCS?

Based on an email exchange with the DH&R folks, the answer to both of your questions is yes.

However, after reading the latest CANFORGEN I can see folks (at all levels) getting confused about having to serve at least one day with the new criteria to count cumulative days.
 
PuckChaser said:
I dont see why we needed this change, or why the rotation bar wasn't changed as well. We already had an existing mechanism that the RCN used all the time, multiplicative service (each day counts for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days) so that they'd get a medal even though they spent 5 months transitting but only 30 days in the ops box.

If we're going to overhaul the system,  do it properly. Remove an arbitrary days requirement and tie it to a " honourably completed attach posting message". Finish your tour? Get a medal. Get sent home for drinking/bad performance/frat? No medal. Medical/compassionate considered honorable completion. Then there's no appendage waving about days in theatre, or people watching the calendar to try to squeak out a medal because they finished their TAV a week ago but are 5 random days short of the medal.

There are hundreds of Reservists who were on Exercise Orien Special etc for FALLEX in the late 60s/70s who were in Europe with NATO who are not eligible for the SSM re days. Most were 100 days or so. Also in 1968 we received reinforcements from QOR of C and Cdn Guards to 2PPCLI as it was thought the balloon was going up.
 
My first thought about this was: 'Great idea. Good campaign service should be recognized in the right way.'

My next thought was: 'Good Lord. How many more 'war tourists' will the front line units have to suffer?'

That is all :)
 
daftandbarmy said:
My first thought about this was: 'Great idea. Good campaign service should be recognized in the right way.'

My next thought was: 'Good Lord. How many more 'war tourists' will the front line units have to suffer?'

That is all :)

Yeah, no kidding, the staff visits we had from CJOC had zero value added, and they conveniently planned it for one of the nicer port visits we had scheduled (Barcelona?) with a bit of overlap on each end. The FLS folks also got the same tour medal, but at least they were working while jumping around each port.

Not sure how it works in the army/air force, but this is great for the folks that rotate through covering others off for their trip back home. It's all staggered, so over a 7 month trip there will be people gone for 4 or 5 months of it in drips and drabs, so a lot of the replacements came in for a few months to cover off a whole bunch of people with the same ticket/qual. Know a few people in shore postings that are gone 6+ months a year backfilling like this, but kind of a necessary evil when you leave the wall with usually the bare min of people required to cover the various positions with very little redundancy to fill the holes yourselves.
 
SupersonicMax said:
Do you have the full CANFORGEN 201/18? 

I don't see an amendment to 201/18 in 001/20 above, re: the yellow text...

CANFORGEN 201/18 CMP 099/18 281537Z NOV 18

ADDITION AND AMENDMENT OF QUALIFYING SERVICE - SERVICE MEDALS UNCLASSIFIED

UNCLASSIFIED

REFS: A. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09
B. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09
C. CANFORGEN 072/10 CMP 033/10 261730Z MAR 10, PARA 1.F
D. CANFORGEN 079/17 CMP 042/17 241851Z APR 17, PARA 3.A
E. CANFORGEN 005/17 CMP 005/17 121754Z JAN 17, PARA 2.A (1)

1. THE REGULATION FOR THE GCS AND GSM STATE QUOTE WHEN A PERSON MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR BOTH THE STAR OR ITS ROTATION BAR AND THE MEDAL OR ITS ROTATION BAR IN RESPECT OF THE SAME TYPE OF SVC OR IN THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC AREA WITHIN A PERIOD OF 180 DAYS, THE PERSON SHALL ONLY BE AWARDED THE STAR OR ITS ROTATION BAR UNQUOTE. THIS WAS ALSO EXPRESSED IN SIMPLER WORDS AT REF C. THE AIM OF THIS RULE, IAW THE CANADIAN HONOURS POLICY WHICH PRECLUDES DUAL RECOGNITION, IS TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS WILL NOT RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE AWARD WITHIN A 6 MONTH PERIOD. IN LIGHT OF NEW PATERNS OF DEPLOYMENTS, THE FOL INTERPRETATION HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE AS IT APPLIES TO PERSONS WHO CREDIT TIME TOWARDS BOTH THE GCS AND GSM WITH THE SAME THEATRE RIBBON (EG. SOUTH-WEST ASIA OR EXPEDITION) QUOTE THE GSM, OR BAR TO THE GSM, MAY ONLY BE AWARDED TO AN ELIGIBLE PERSON WHO IS IN AN ELIGIBLE LOCATION 180 DAYS OR MORE EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER THE DAY THEY QUALIFIED FOR THE GCS OR THEIR LATEST BAR TO THE GCS UNQUOTE

2. AFC HAS APPROVED THE ADDITION AND AMENDMENT OF THE FOL SVC TO THE ELIGIBILITY LISTS FOR CERTAIN SERVICE MEDALS AS FOLLOWS:

A. OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL-EXPEDITION(OSM-EXP):

(1) SERVICE OF MEMBERS OF THE DEFENCE TEAM DEPLOYED TO MALI IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF OP PRESENCE SINCE 1 JUN 18 (PROVIDED THE SERVICE IS NOT COUNTED TOWARDS THE MINUSMA MEDAL, THEREFORE EXCLUDING UN AND NSE PERSONNEL)

(2) SERVICE OF MEMBERS OF THE DEFENCE TEAM DEPLOYED TO BURKINA FASO IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF OP PRESENCE SINCE 1 JUN 18

B. SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-NATO(SSM-NATO)

(1) REF D IS AMENDED TO ADD: MULTI NATIONAL DIVISION - NORTH EAST (MND-NE), ELBLAG, POLAND

(2) REF E IS AMENDED AS FOL: SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO EASTERN OR CENTRAL EUROPE OR IN ICELAND, AS PART OF THE AIR TASK FORCE (ATF) OF OPERATION REASSURANCE, SINCE 29 APR 14

C. SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-EXPEDITION(SSM-EXP):

(1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO ROYAL AIR FORCE WYTON, UK, AS FULL MOTION VIDEO (FMV) ANALYSTS IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF OP IMPACT, SINCE 15 JUN 17

(2) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO SENEGAL IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF OP PRESENCE SINCE 1 JUN 18

3. FULL CRITERIA AS WELL AS COMPLETE ELIGIBILITY LISTS MAY BE FOUND ON THE DH R WEB SITE AT HTTP://FORCES.GC.CA/EN/HONOURS-HISTORY-MEDALS-CHART/MEDALS-CHART-INDEX.PAGE
 
Dolphin_Hunter said:
However, after reading the latest CANFORGEN I can see folks (at all levels) getting confused about having to serve at least one day with the new criteria to count cumulative days.

001/20 only refers to cumulative days for the same medal/star though, there's no mention of the stuff detailed in 201/18...
 
I spoke with the H&A Chief at MARLANT yesterday about this - he and I both did an OP CARIBE on MON a few years ago - we both got 22 days of service towards what was then a 30 day medal.  Looks like it's been dropped to 21 days....so...maybe I get an OSM-EXP?  So does he?  Interesting!

NS
 
Navy_Pete said:
Yeah, no kidding, the staff visits we had from CJOC had zero value added, and they conveniently planned it for one of the nicer port visits we had scheduled (Barcelona?) with a bit of overlap on each end. The FLS folks also got the same tour medal, but at least they were working while jumping around each port.

The FLS folks work pretty hard to keep the ships supplied.  I have never been on FLS but I have done a few deployments at sea and I know they work long hours dealing local customs and chandlers to  keep your supply lines open and flowing.

CJOC on the other hand, I am convinced that they exist to employ GO/FOs and thier follow on supporting staff.  From a logistics standpoint all they do is complicate things.  I am not convinced the RCN requires CJOC to deploy.  IMHO is another level of bureaucracy forced upon us because.


Navy_Pete said:
Not sure how it works in the army/air force, but this is great for the folks that rotate through covering others off for their trip back home. It's all staggered, so over a 7 month trip there will be people gone for 4 or 5 months of it in drips and drabs, so a lot of the replacements came in for a few months to cover off a whole bunch of people with the same ticket/qual. Know a few people in shore postings that are gone 6+ months a year backfilling like this, but kind of a necessary evil when you leave the wall with usually the bare min of people required to cover the various positions with very little redundancy to fill the holes yourselves.

People were already able to qualify for these medals with accumulated days over time.  Having said that the last few ships to go, and us now;  HLTA will only be done during RAMP for the vast majority with smatterings else where for various reasons.  As well CJOC wont fund backfills anymore. 

As for the medals we are going to start looking like North Korean generals soon.  Nothing wrong with people earning medals but when the awarding far out weighs the experience gained I start to worry about the methodology behind it.
 
Halifax Tar said:
As for the medals we are going to start looking like North Korean generals soon.  Nothing wrong with people earning medals but when the awarding far out weighs the experience gained I start to worry about the methodology behind it.

I assume that this is part of the H&A 'me too' movement. Anyone who joined after 2014, when we pulled out of AFG, will have few opportunities to amass any chest bling, so they look at their longer service comrades, point, and say 'me too!';)
 
daftandbarmy said:
I assume that this is part of the H&A 'me too' movement. Anyone who joined after 2014, when we pulled out of AFG, will have few opportunities to amass any chest bling, so they look at their longer service comrades, point, and say 'me too!';)

I would agree that I suspect this stems from SPS when one must wear ribbons or medals.
 
How about instead of lowering days required for medals we work to adjust the financial benifits of deployments to work on favor of the Sailors and troops. 

We leaveing in the next week for 7 months. Our RA and HR are lower than my SDA.  Why not give the option to collector either or ? 

 
Halifax Tar said:
How about instead of lowering days required for medals we work to adjust the financial benifits of deployments to work on favor of the Sailors and troops. 

We leaveing in the next week for 7 months. Our RA and HR are lower than my SDA.  Why not give the option to collector either or ?

Completely unrelated, have a safe trip buddy! Watch out for sirens (see what I did there?).
 
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