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Civilian Service Medal to recognise efforts in Afghanistan

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Foreign Secretary William Hague has laid a Command Paper before Parliament instituting the Civilian Service Medal (Afghanistan).

The medal is awarded to civilians in recognition of their contribution to the government’s work towards a stable and secure Afghanistan.

Civilians carry out a vast range of work, including work on diplomacy, policing and justice, to complement the military efforts in Afghanistan.

The eligibility criteria for the medal are:

Any Crown servant, whether recruited in the United Kingdom, Afghanistan or elsewhere, including Members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (under Operational Control of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) who satisfy the qualification criteria and are not qualifying for any other medal including the Operational Service Medal Afghanistan and Accumulated Campaign Service Medal.

Non-FCO staff must obtain a letter of support (showing deployment dates and role) from human resources in the government department they worked for in Afghanistan.

The following are ineligible:

  • members of the armed services under the command of the UK Joint Task Force Commander / Commander Joint Operations
  • those serving with an international organisation or government in Afghanistan
  • all subcontractors not directly under contract to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • locally employed civilians

Further information

Civilian Service Medal (Afghanistan) application form (MS Word Document, 45KB) .

The Command Paper provides further details on the criteria for eligibility.

Please send completed application forms and queries to