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eMedals-A Second War Canadian Applicant for Enlistment Badge

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A Second War Canadian Applicant for Enlistment Badge

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A Second War Canadian Applicant for Enlistment Badge

A Second War Canadian Applicant for Enlistment Badge - Bronze, numbered "056199" and marked "PENALTY FOR MISUSE 500 DOLLARS OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT" on the reverse, 19.2 mm x 20.5 mm, button hole attachment, light contact and surface wear, better than very fine. Footnote: Not everyone attempting to enlist in the Canadian Forces met the existing minimum medical (physical) standards. Initially, no distinguishing button was issued to those persons rejected for failing to meet the standards. Although a Committee on War Service Badges had recommended on October 27, 1939 that two badges be established; a SERVICE badge for those voluntarily attested for active service beyond Canada and a RESERVE badge for those medically exempt (among other reasons); that recommendation was not acted upon. Instead, rejected applicants for service in the army were issued with form M.F.M. 12 (Militia Form M.12) - Certificate of Medical Unfitness for Service in the Canadian Active Service Force. This form did not satisfy the need for an easily identified indicator of exempt status however, and rejected applicants suffered the wrath of the public as a result. There were many requests from the general public and veterans organizations for a suitable badge and on June 26, 1941 the Adjutant-General informed the Minister of Defence that he would be discussing the matter at a meeting of the Awards Board. The result of the demands and the meetings was the enactment, by Canada's Governor General, The Earl of Athlone, of Order in Council P.C. 7893 on Saturday, October 11, 1941, (retroactively effective September 1, 1939) to create a badge to identify the medically unfit volunteers and distinguish them from those who had not yet volunteered.
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