The Allied Special Forces Medal, endorsed by The Allied Special Forces Association in the UK, pays tribute to all of the Special and Elite forces of the United
Kingdom and those of their allies around the world. During the last century, Allied Special Forces have performed operations with
unparalleled skill, secrecy and bravery. From daring raids deep into Nazi-occupied Europe to the dangerous manoeuvres into enemy territory
during the Gulf War and more recently the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Special Forces around the globe adopt unconventional warfare techniques giving them the capability to provide a viable military option for a variety of operational tasks that are inappropriate or infeasible for conventional forces. Understandably, most operations are to this day shrouded in secrecy with only limited information released to remain within the bounds of many of the Regiments disclosure policies and to ensure that past, present and future operations and international relationships are maintained.
Due to the very nature of Special or Elite Force operations, we understand that many will be unable to provide detailed service information and as such we ask that only as much information as possible is provided; and fields requesting information considered to be secret or highly confidential should be left blank. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence by our Medals Office and details will not be disclosed to any third parties, under any circumstances.
Available to any member of an elite or special force of Britain or that of anyone whose country was an ally of Britain at the time of their service, irrespective of whether the United Kingdom was itself involved in any conflict or operation during their service. The next of kin of such personnel as described above will also be eligible.
Members of British Special Forces who have gone on to become famous notables include Edward Michael Grylls (otherwise known as Bear Grylls) who served as a Trooper
with 21 SAS, Paddy Ashdown who served with the SBS (then called the Special Boat Section) and Sir Ranulph Fiennes who served as a demolition expert with the SAS.
The Special Forces Medal
Obverse - The medal, on a mirror polished background, features a dagger and wings representing all Elite and Special Forces, these elements surmount a globe of the world
indicative of the international parameter of the medal. The words ĎALLIED SPECIAL FORCESí surround the globe.
Reverse - The highly polished reverse again features a globe with lightening bolts demonstrating the speed, force and secrecy with which Special Forces strike. The
following words surmount the globe: PER TERRAM (by land), PER MARE (by sea), PER AER (by air) and OBLIQUE (covertly).
Full details are required for each full-size medal applied for. If you are unsure of any of the required details below please type 'NOT KNOWN' or 'NOT APPLICABLE'.
Specially designed Ribbon Emblems are also available to represent your own regiment/branch of service, a commando dagger, Greek dagger, a diver/frogman and
wings to represent airborne forces. Your emblem will be supplied attached to your medal ribbon.
The Allied Special Forces Medal - In recognition of the service of UK Special & Elite Forces and their allies
The green, sky blue and sea blue stripes represent involvement by land, by air and by sea with two narrow black stripes through the centre of the ribbon to represent
the covert nature of Special Force operations.
Individually Engraved Clasps
The individually engraved, nickel clasps, specifically designed to match the finish of this medal to highlight the details of your service are suitable for fitting to the medal ribbon (we recommend no more than three clasps are fitted to The Allied Special Forces Medal and no more than one clasp can be added to your medal if you are also adding
a Ribbon Emblem).
Ribbon Brooch Bar & Allied Special Forces Medal Tie
As well as a matching Ribbon Brooch Bar, you can also select an easycare 100% polyester tie which has been tastefully designed with stripes matching the medal ribbon.
Miniature Special Forces Medal
A miniature Medal can also be added to your order and is supplied mounted ready to wear.
Medal Edge Engraving
Your service number, rank, name & initials and regiment or service can be professionally diamond engraved on the edge of your Medal making it an even more personal and precious heirloom.