Service before and during World War II
There are other groups who Served during World War II who are included, these are:
Polish Forces under UK Command
Please note, that Veterans who served in Armed Forces of other Countries and those who served alongside HM Armed Forces are not eligible.
Examples of these are Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force etc
Service after World War II
Men and Women who enlisted in HM Armed Forces between 3 September 1945 and 31 December 1984 are entitled to a Veterans Badge. There is no qualifying length of Service.
It is regrettable that the badge cannot be issued posthumously. The badge is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian attire.
The only exceptions are War Widows and Widowers who are in receipt of a War Widows/Widowers Pension paid by Veterans Agency.
Extensions to the criteria
It is the aim, eventually, to include all those who Served in HM Armed Forces, however the demand for the badge continues to be high. There will be further extensions to the scheme on a chronological basis when the current demand has been fulfilled.
Once it is known when the eligibility is to be extended for those whose Service began after 31 December 1969, details will be posted on this website.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for badges at this time from people whose Service began after 31 December 1969.
New UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge
If you Served in the Merchant Navy during Military Operations click here.
How to apply
You can apply by any of the following methods:
Click on one of the links below to access the application form.
Acrobat Reader Version
Microsoft Word Version
Please ensure you complete the form as fully as possible.
You may post or fax your completed form to Veterans Agency.
Another option is to download the form, complete it electronically, save the form and return to Veterans Agency by email.
If you wish, you may call the Freephone number to apply. Please ensure you have to hand all the details asked for on the application form.
Veterans Agency, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, FY5 3WP
Fax: 01253 330561 (UK Only)
+44 1253 330561 (Overseas)
Free: 0800 169 2277 (UK only)
Free: 0800 169 3458 (Minicom UK only)
+44 1253 866043 (Overseas)
March 03 2007.