Perusing the recently released NYHL it’s noticeable that RAFAC CFAV recipients are listed in the military list, whereas ACF and SCC CFAV are listed in the Civil list.
Does anyone know why this is? I believe that there are many more hoops to get through to gain an award via the military process in comparison to civilian and whilst I’m sure all those recognised are equally deserving I wonder why the process appears to differ dependent on the uniform now we should be all one happy CFAV cadre!
I was told some years ago -circa 10 probably that the RAFAC were allocated 4 gongs a year and each region had its turn. I was also told if you want a gong, to find 10 friends to write up a letter saying you were a great egg doing wonders for the community and youth etc and not to mention the ATC or armed forces and you could have a nice shiny civil MBE or OBE or BEM. Using the civil route bypasses MoD, the RAF and HQAC and therefore you actually have a chance of getting formal recognition.
I’d lay good money that the difference between reservist uniformed CFAV and civilian uniformed CFAV has never been properly explained to the relevant powers hence they think we are members of an Air Force.
Deputy Director, Financial Reporting and Control, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For public service and for services to Young People through the Army Cadet Force
Bryan Owen Anthony CATCHPOLE
Cadet Administrative Assistant, Devon Army Cadet Force. For services to Young People
Its noticeable that Carol Vorderman wears the Civil MBE ribbon, however as a female recipient she would have been presented with it mounted on a bow, rather than on a ribbon as per males and female military recipients. As dress regs probably do not cater for this eventuality it’s probably correct.