Medals within the Royal Air Force
Prior, each service had their own Medal Offices but in February 2005 the new tri-service MOD Medal Office became part of AFPAA and is based at RAF Innsworth. The MOD Medal Office is partnered with MOD and EDS elements. The MOD Medal Office is the sole authority for the issue of medals authorised by Her Majesty to British service personnel and veterans.
Applications for medals for currently serving personnel are co-ordinated and sent by the RN, RM, Army and RAF units and the MOD Medal Office despatches medals to the units for presentation to the recipients. Serving personnel should therefore always apply for medals through their units and consult their admin staff with any medals queries.
Many applications are still received from service veterans who did not claim their medals at the time, particularly from World War II. The next of kin of veterans now deceased are also entitled to claim any medals that had not been awarded.