RFA medals?

ZXC53

Midshipman
I was just wondering... Do RFA service personnel receive military medals similar to those of the Navy? For example, if a ship is operating in a War Zone area?
Also just another quick question, are all RFA personnel issued with berets?
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
There are some still serving in the RFA with gong collections that make Prince Philip jealous. Quite a few SAM holders still serving and have some active years left in them.

Depending on the context of the award, some RFA OBEs are Miltary Division, some Civil.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
As I understand it, Operation Corporate was before RFA people were Sponsored Reservists. They could have at any time said, 'Stuff this, I quit.' Did I read/understand that correctly?

They could say it but those few if any who did, would find getting home problematic.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Why wouldn't they? Some civilians have been and will be further up threat than some servicemen ever will be.

The then Commodore of the RFA was in Command at sea. He'd been at sea during WWII.

An old and very senior Bootneck told my class that the main reason blokes don't wimp out of combat is because they don't want their mates to think they're a ******.

Others have old fashioned ideas of duty, honour and double pay during hostilities.
 

Megalopteron

Lantern Swinger
As I understand it, Operation Corporate was before RFA people were Sponsored Reservists. They could have at any time said, 'Stuff this, I quit.' Did I read/understand that correctly?

It's a few years since I looked up the exact legislation/regulations by which the RFA came under at least elements of the Naval Discipline Act when on "operations". During the introduction of Sponsored Reserve status one of the arguments made by RFA HQ was that under the previous arrangements any time an RFA left UK territorial waters in company with a warship the crew became subject to the NDA, and this was effectively conscription.
 

Klanky67

Lantern Swinger
With regards to berets, new entrants (I think the last 12/18 months) are issued with baseball caps with the RFA insignia on. So at present there's a mix of both in the service.
The idea of this is the RN officer types aren't expecting you to chop them one off when marching around naval establishments wearing the PCS. Although this isn't always the case as a recent 3 ringer female officer showed in Raleigh. She tore a strip of an App Dk who had the audacity to just say morning ma'am and not salute! Poor lad had never been shown how to and why should he have been!!!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
In case anyone is wondering, RFA personnel don't actually march, formation walking is the perk of RN personnel :)
 
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