I am pleased to announce that as of the 1st of July 2017 the Ministry of Defence have harmonized the rules between the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF when it comes to the use of unit crests on private family memorials. Following a number of constituents contacting me about this issue, I pushed for the change with the MOD.
The new rules include the scrapping of a 15 year length of service requirement for RAF Officers, and 20 year requirement for non-Commissioned RAF personnel. The Ministry of Defence will now apply the Army and Navy standard of 1 day’s service to the RAF.
The government has agreed that the new little known rules will be applied retrospectively, potentially benefiting hundreds of military families in Wiltshire and allowing the altering of private war memorials to commemorate local deceased military personnel in a unified manner.