Background: Instituted as part of the gallantry awards review in 1993, the CGC is now the only Level 2 award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, replacing the DCM, CGM, CGM (Flying) and the DSO when awarded for gallantry. The CGC may be awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army and RAF in recognition of acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy. Since its introduction, awards have been made for service in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Darfur and Afghanistan. There was also a collective award presented to the Royal Irish Regiment to recognise the service of its members during Op Banner. Fifty nine awards have been made to date, over half of them for operational service in Afghanistan.
Design: A cross pattée, manufactured in silver mounted on a wreath of laurel leaves. The obverse of the medal bears in the centre, a circular medallion depicting St. Edward´s crown. The reverse is plain in design and will be engraved with the rank, name and unit of the recipient. The date of the award is also engraved across the central arm on the reverse. The ribbon is white with narrow stripes of dark blue at each edge and a central stripe of crimson.
Bars: A silver bar may be issued to CGC holders performing a further act of such gallantry which would have merited an award of the CGC, though no second awards have been awarded to date.