South Atlantic Medal (non-rosette) – extension of eligibility dates

Following The Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review, the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal 1982 without Rosette has been extended. The medal is now awarded for 30 days service in the qualifying area between 2 April 1982 and 21 October 1982.

All military personal within the qualifying area are eligible to apply. Those who served with 69 Gurkha Independent Field Sqn in-theatre would be eligible to apply. Applications for the South Atlantic Medal, under the new time extension, will be assessed from 1 October 2014 onward. The awards will begin to be dispatched towards the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with in date order and may take some time before the assessment is complete.  The appropriate Application Form is available here.

Bulk applications are accepted for serving personal, however Veterans are required to complete the attached Medal application form and return it to the address supplied on the form. Alternatively this can be completed, scanned back in and sent back to  DBS-MOMOD@mod.uk . Please ensure all applications are signed by hand before scanning.

Retain any acknowledgement from the medal office.

Original Criteria

The medal with distinguishing rosette was awarded for 1 days’ service in the Falkland Islands or their dependencies or in the South Atlantic, south of 35° South and north of 60° South, or for 1 operational sortie south of Ascension Island, between 2 April and 14 June 1982.