Apply for a veterans badge

You can get an armed forces veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces - there’s no fee.


You can apply if you were in the:

  • army
  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • volunteer or regular reserves

You cannot apply if you:

  • served in the armed forces of another country
  • served alongside the UK armed forces, for example in the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force

If you’re applying on behalf of someone who’s died

You can only apply on behalf of a veteran who’s died if you get either:

How to apply

Download and fill in the application for an armed forces veterans badge.

You’ll need to give as much information as possible, such as:

  • the force you served in, for example the army or Royal Navy
  • service number
  • period of service

Send the form by post or fax to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Medal Office - the address is on the form.

You can also apply using the freephone helpline.

MOD Medal Office - Veterans Badges
Freephone (UK): 0808 1914 218
Telephone (from overseas): +44 1253 866 043
Fax: 01452 510 871
Find out about call charges

After you’ve applied

You’ll usually get your veterans badge within 6 to 8 weeks of applying.

You can also apply for a medal if you’re eligible.

If you lose your badge, you can apply for a replacement.

Get help

If you need to contact MOD about your veterans badge application, you can phone, fax or send an email to

You cannot apply for a veterans badge by email.