British and Commonwealth personnel, as well as UK allies have, in the course of service with Airborne Forces often distinguished themselves in the call of duty.
The following provides a brief list of the most common awards. This list is not definitive, or intended to be in order of precedence, but indicates the gallantry and distinguished service medals most commonly awarded to Airborne Forces personnel.
Over the course of service with Airborne Forces, many have received gallantry awards to recognise their distinguished service in combat. These include:Victoria Cross George Cross Distinguished Service Order Conspicuous Gallantry Cross Distinguished Service Cross Military Cross Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Conduct Medal Distinguished Service Medal Military Medal Distinguished Flying Medal George Medal Queen's Gallantry Medal British Empire Medal Mention in Despatches Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
In 2009, the Elizabeth Cross was introduced, to recognise the families of those who had lost loved ones in conflict.
International Gallantry Awards
In recognition of their distinguished service with British allies in combat, a number of Airborne Forces personnel have received foriegn gallantry awards, including the following:US Silver Star US Bronze Star Dutch Bronze Cross Dutch Bronze Lion Legion d'Honneur
Civil and Military Recognition Awards
In order to appoint men and women who have distinguished themselves in services for the public good, many of the following have been awarded to Airborne Forces personnel. This include:Knight Grande Cross of the Order of the Bath (GBE) Knight Grande Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Officer of the British Empire (OBE) Member of the British Empire (MBE) Companion of the Bath (CB)