Dear Ministry of Defence,

1. Several years ago a colleague was awarded their LSGC with the incorrect rank inscribed. On querying this, MoDMO responded that qualification occurs at the time when the medal criteria is met, not at the time of medal application (my colleague had been recently promoted). Is it still MoD policy to define medal qualification as occurring at the time when medal criteria is met, and not at the point of application?

2. FoI request FOI2018/11802 (16 Oct 18) confirmed that, with effect 16 December 2014, the Ministry of Defence Medals Office changed the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 assessment method: starting to deduct ‘initial qualifying service’ from ACSM applications. With regards this:

a. I note that JSP 761 V4 makes no specific reference to a change of assessment method. Will the MoD confirm the method by which the 16 December 2014 change of ACSM 2011 assessment method was specifically communicated or announced to Service personnel?

b. Can the MoD confirm what transitional arrangements, if any, it put in place to protect those service personnel who had qualified for the ACSM 2011 (met the 720 days qualifying campaign service criteria) but who did not apply prior to the December 2014 change of assessment method?

c. Were any Service personnel, if so how many, who had qualified for the ACSM 2011 prior to 16 December 2014, subsequently disadvantaged by the change of assessment method because their medal application was made subsequent to this date?

d. What measures has the MoD enacted, or is considering, to remedy the disadvantage to those personnel who qualified for the ACSM 2011, but whose applications are rejected solely to the post-December 2014 date of their application?

Yours faithfully,

Mr H

Stephen Keene-Elliott left an annotation ()

Not directly connected to this specific medal, but it is my understanding that medals have always been linked to the rank when the medal was 'earned'.

With WW1 campaign medals (1914 Star, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal), this was certainly the case, and a soldier may have different ranks inscribed - indeed, if they had changed regiments during the war, they may also show different regimental numbers and regiments! There can be two different ranks/regimental details - one for the 1914/1914-15 Star and another for the BWM/VM as these were two separate rolls.

CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr H,

 

Please see attached letter in relation to your request for information

 

Regards

 

Information Rights Team

Ministry of Defence

 

 

 

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Dear CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER),
Thank you for your response. Please find my FoI signed, as you require.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hart

Dear CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your last message, I sent you clarification on 26 June.

Yours sincerely,

J Hart

Dear CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER),

My FoI request was due a response on 26 June 2020. This is a month late, I would appreciate an acknowledgement or update.

Yours sincerely,

J Hart

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011'.

My request was clarified on 26 May 2020, therefore the FoI response is one month overdue. I have had no further messages from the MoD. I request a review of the MoD's tardy response.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

J Hart

People-Sec-FOI Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Hart,

Please see the attached response from the Ministry of Defence to your request for information.

Regards,

Defence People Secretariat
(Parliamentary) | Chief of Defence People |Floor 6, Zone N | Main Building |London | SW1A 2HB

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CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Hart,

Thank you for your email of 23 July. Your request for an internal review on the grounds that you had not received a reply has crossed with the substantive response provided on behalf of the Department by Defence People Secretariat. We are sorry for the delay.

If you remain dissatisfied with any aspect of the response provided please contact us again and we will conduct a formal internal review.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

Dear CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

My previous FoI question:
1. Several years ago a colleague was awarded their LSGC with the incorrect rank inscribed.
On querying this, MoDMO responded that qualification occurs at the time when the medal
criteria is met, not at the time of medal application (my colleague had been recently
promoted). Is it still MoD policy to define medal qualification as occurring at the time when
medal criteria is met, and not at the point of application?

Received the following response:
In regard to the first question of your request, I can confirm that policy dictates that the rank
inscribed upon the awarded medal is the rank Service personnel held when they met the
qualifying criteria of that medal. Future promotions are not taken into account, therefore it is the
rank held at the point of application which is the determining factor.

Unfortunately, I do not think the MoD answered my question directly as their response implied an answer, without making explicit. I shall rephrase: does MoD policy define medal qualification as occurring:
1. At the time when medal criteria is met; or
2. At the time of medal application?

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

J Hart

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011'.

The MoD has declined to answer my FoI request, questions 2.a. and 2.b. citing: "The policy around the qualifying criteria for the ACSM is currently subject to review, and this
means that the information requested in questions 2.a. and 2.b. of your request, falls entirely within
the scope of the exemption provided for at Section 35(1)(a) of the FOIA (Formulation of
Government Policy)."

I believe that my FoI requests fall outside this as I do not query any current or future policy. Rather, both questions are historic in nature seeking answers on what actions the MoD carried out approximately 6 years ago.

My question at 2.a. seeks information if and how the MoD's method of communicating an ACSM 2011 criteria change effected in December 2014.

My question at 2.b. sought information on what, if any, transitional arrangements were put in place for Service personnel potentially disadvantaged by this change of ACSM 2011 policy in December 2014.

I seek, in these questions, answers to establish what the MoD did with regards the ACSM 2011 criteria in 2014/15, not what it is doing now, or seeks to do in the future. I am making these requests because the ACSM 2011 criteria change in December 2014 was done in a highly irregular fashion, and the Ministry of Defence has not fully disclosed the detail surrounding this change of criteria. I am seeking this now.

Many thanks.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

J Hart

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Hart,

 

Thank you for your enquiry.  We can confirm that there was an
all-important ‘not’ missing from the following sentence, for which our
sincere apologies:

 

“I can confirm that policy dictates that the rank inscribed upon the
awarded medal is the rank  Service personnel held when they met the
qualifying criteria of that medal. Future promotions are not taken into
account, therefore it is not the rank held at the point of application
which is the determining factor.”

 

We hope this answers your question directly as you wished.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

 

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Hart,

 

Further to our response to your email of 24 July 2020, we acknowledge
receipt of your email of 25 July 2020 requesting an internal review of a
response provided by Defence People Secretariat under FOIA on behalf of
the Ministry of Defence, dated 24 July 2020 (reference above).   

 

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days
from date of receipt and we therefore aim to complete the review and
respond to you by 25 August 2020. While we are working hard to achieve
this, in the interests of providing you with a realistic indication of
when you should expect a response, the majority are currently taking
between 20 and 40 working days to complete.  The review will involve an
independent assessment of the handling of this request and the outcome.

 

We should also advise that the measures implemented by the Department to
prevent the spread of Coronavirus may impact upon our ability to complete
the review within the above timescale but we will aim to provide you with
an update, if necessary

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

 

 

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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PSA

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team