We saw the same thing happen with the QDJM. I read so many citations that were worthy of at least a CDS Commendation, but they were throwing people up for a "commemoration" medal because the criteria and process was so much more timely and it was much more likely the person would receive the recognition.
We are our own worst enemies when it comes to recognizing our people.
‘Allyness’ is best described as military fashion sense, i.e. wearing various non-issue items, or modifying issue clothing or equipment in order to look subtly different from one’s peers.
H&A are literally all about patronage. Most H&A only exist to make Senior Officers look more impressive than they really are.
Wow, 3 Star General Lawson looks pretty unimpressive for a CDS..... slap a few fake awards on him though:
BAM! Turbo Super Soldier Lawson! This guy must be a real killer! Lemme see your war face!
Our H&A is actually a perfect reflection of our society, fake and superficial!