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ID Cards to go alongside Veterans badges

I don't know about anyone else, but, I am fed up with seeing people having access to the Armed Forces Veterans Badge, via sales through Ebay, etc. The benefits of holding one of these may be small but should still be restricted to those who have served and therefore I have set up a petition calling for the introduction of ID cards to accompany the badges.
This petition has gained 19,400+ signatures in approximately 1 week but could do with more.
Please sign the petition at and help publicising this cause by sharing the link above whenever possible.
Hopefully then we can get rid of the "Mitty" characters who are getting these badges and pretending to have served their country.
Interesting read recently, where Volunteer Reserves that serve for 10 yrs+ will be able to use the post-nominal VR after their names. I was just wondering what post-nominals I can use after what will be 32 years ACTIVE service when I go outside?

MG Maniac

War Hero
I cannot understand the fixation some people have with putting initials after their name as if it makes them a better person or more important than the next - and I'm not talking about people who have worked hard for a qualification or have something that is well deserved .... but does anyone actually give a monkey's about the fact someone did 10+ years as a weekend warrior?? Half the time people who see initials after someone's name don't actually have a scooby what they stand for anyway - and that's even if they haven't already filed the person in the "self righteous prick who is so far up their own a*se therefore unimportant" box at the outset!

Yes I've got qualifications that mean I can put letters after my name? ... Do I? No ... it doesn't change who I am!


War Hero
Book Reviewer
Please keep on subject, and share the petition link to get others to sign. Thanks

To be fair, the subject of letters after a name was a follow on of your post. If people are going to purchase veterans badges off Ebay, they can also just add letters after their name. It's within the same boundries of your original post and worthy of mention.
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War Hero
Book Reviewer
I have to say, I'm not bothered really. Are we all not pretending to be someone that we're not? Or have done at some stage in our lives.


War Hero
Should we have a veterans badge and id card for former emergency services personnel, or perhaps teachers, or maybe tesco workers?

At the end of the day its a career. You are very well paid while in, get the opportunity to earn a lot of qualifications, life changing experiences, see the world and possibly get a medal if you go somewhere interesting and if you do 15 years you'll get a long service medal too.

There are plenty of rewards while serving. Once you are out, its time to move on with your life, look back fondly on what you did and try to uphold the values and standards imbued in you. But i do think asking for an id card, or demanding discounts for veterans is a step too far. You did your duty, you got the reward at the time. But expecting a lifetime of veteran discoints is akin to a tesco worker expecting a lifetime of staff discount because he worked for them a few years.

As for VR, if you entitled to it and want to use it then do so. I could use it, but i choose not to, because i can make myself look a pompous twat on here easily enough without using post noms too. :)


War Hero
Super Moderator
I am not sure which one is the more sad - the Walt who is desperate to present themselves as something that they aren't by dressing up / applying (paying!) for stuff that "associates" them with the military, or those who get so precious about it that it is amounts to embarrassingly sanctimonious indignation.

I can almost see the point regarding the wearing of medals you aren't entitled to, but even then it doesn't amount to sacrilege or dishonour those who did earn it (posthumously or otherwise).

I keep forgetting to use my MOD90 for discounts I could be "entitled" to - usually just use it as ID. Like it was intended for.


War Hero
There is the Defence Discount Card for those who want cheap stuff. There seems to be some vetting involved in getting one and even without a mug shot it looks a bit 'Defence / services so should give some egotists a perky. Others will be raging that it is available to MOD Civil Servants, some of whom - like some Reservists - have seen more war than some of those who feel 'entitled'.


War Hero
I wrote this in another thread that drifted into this sort of 'military status for life' entitlement nonsense.

I blame Gibbs. He gets called 'Gunny' umpteen years into his civvy job and still gets to go on ops with active doody Marines. Hoora!


War Hero
Must get an appointment to see the Doc, for once I find myself in complete agreement with PT....................Help!


War Hero
Super Moderator
And if you're desperate for bling..

And I'm entitled to loads from this site, it's even got a Cold War Medal!!

Going through all the sites, if I had the money, and was stupid enough to waste it on them, I could award myself 18 medals to go with my 3 real ones :)

But back on topic, I think the ID card is a waste of time, if you use the internet most of the stuff in the defence discount catalogue can be got cheaper, or just as cheaply, online.
And what's to stop a dedicated walt from forging his own ID card making it pointless.
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