Then ask 'why any badge?', why bother with any singular mode of recognition? An arguement for and against every method of recognition could be made. I imagine at the introduction of every medal/award there was upheavel, debate raging about why or why not this particular medal was needed.
I'll ask 'why not?'
Exclusivity? Honestly, there are so many forms of 'exclusivity' in the CF that we take for granted as the norm it doesnt hold water. Will it create another form of exclusivity? Absolutely, I just dont see it as being detrimental. I am of course biased, but then we all are.
To point it out to us?
That's not it either, although I can't see where there would be an adverse effect of displaying to other members or to civilians that someone has 'closed with and destroyed'.
In the talks we've had at work about this subject, it has little to do with ego.( believe it or not ) It's more of a personal issue about experiences shared under extreme conditions. Namely combat.
Every single one of us prior to fighting wondered, 'will I do my part?' 'will I fight hard or hide like a coward?' 'will I piss myself from fright and freeze up when the bullets start flying?' Every infantry soldier has had these thoughts and emotions, conquering them in combat is as important to us as conquering the enemy. As big and scary and smelly as we are in the Infantry, I believe that it's important to reinforce that those experiences were anything but normal, but that we needed to do them, and we did the best we could.
Does it hurt anyone by awarding this medal? I havent found any experiences from the American side to indicate it's detrimental to their military. Traditions are always being molded and updated in one way or another, for one reason or another. Be it the wound stripe, CIB or any other medal/decoration.
Applying flame retardent clothes now...