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?
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.
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!!!!