Interestingly! I’ve been thinking of similar lines recently.
An actual award that recognises meritorious service that isn’t the CFM which is almost the equivalent of a LSGC (almost)
Thinking RAF specific, the MSM is awarded to ‘Other Ranks’ for Meritorious service. So you find lots of SWOs awarded it for their services and similar roles within the RAF. I’d suggest a tour of WWO, RWO, RAFAC WO would be ideal candidates (assuming they were proactive and made significant contribution) but not limited too. There are plenty of CFAV SNCOs whom at time maybe overlooked.
Spark for debate…. Maybe I should create a new thread to see what traction this could get.
Although it requires a minimum of ten years service, like the VRSM, it is an additional medal and is higher in the order of wear. Due to a break in ‘efficient’ service (missed bounties), I know of one QVRM recipient who got it before his VRSM.
Had a chat recently with a friend in MOD. Apparently Dr Murrison (the minister with responsibility for cadets) has asked for policy proposals on postnominals for the CFM along the lines of VR for the reserves, moving us to the civil division of the Order of the British Empire and/or creating a new cadet forces division. I may send her a link to this thread.
Main problem she sees is that the election will inevitably derail this, even if the policy proposal makes it back up to him