The Cadet Forces Medal is awarded for long and meritorious service to the Cadet Forces. It is awarded to officers and adult instructors of the ACF and CCF, and its issue is governed by Royal Warrant.
The medal is made of cupro-nickel, and is circular, with the Sovereign's head on one side, and on the reverse "The Cadet Forces Medal" is inscribed over a torch. The name of the recipient is also stamped on the rim of the medal. A clasp is awarded for service after the award of the medal, and when the ribbon is only worn then a rose is worn instead. The ribbon is one and quarter inches wide, and is made from green fabric bordered by narrow stripes of dark blue and red.
How to wear the medal
The dark blue stripe is work furthest from the left shoulder, and the medal is placed after Long Service and Efficiency Awards, and the Queen's Medal for Champion Shots, but before the Coast Life Saving Corps Long Service Medal.
Officers and AI qualify for the Medal on completion of 12 years of continuous reckonable service, and for every period of 6 years afterwards (not necessarily continuous) a clasp is awarded. The following is deemed reckonable service:
Service as a commissioned or appointed officer, or an AI in the:
- Up to 4 years service as a cadet over the age of 18 in any of the forces listed above.
- Up to 6 years service in a Commonwealth Cadet Force whilst over the age of 18, equivalent to those listed above, and supported by a certificate.
- Up to 3 years service in the UK Volunteer Reserve forces, including the OTC, URNU, UAS, which has not been already recognised with the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.
- Up to 3 years as a commissioned officer in the ranks of the UK regular forces, which has not counted towards another long service award.
Those eligible for the award of a medal or clash should make personal applications to their ACF Cadet Commandants. For further details see AC 14233, The ACF Manual, page 7B-4.