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Thanks for the intel.
To be honest, I'm indifferent to this one, along with the "Combat Action Medal" that I've also heard rumors about.
The relatively recent profusion of campaign medals on Canadian uniformed chests is a welcome change from the somewhat barren decades between Korea and the Balkans, but a campaign medal simply says the wearer was there. I don't deny that every contribution helps and deserves recognition...But much as the postal clerk deserves recognition, I don't believe he or she is due the same recognition as an infanteer kicking down doors with his heart in his mouth and his breath coming short as he clears a building room by room.
...I think we need a new award - specifically, something that recognizes CF members who have engaged directly with the enemy. This is the one time you'll find me supporting a Canadian recognition plainly based upon an American one: the Combat Action Badge. Support elements are critical to a mission, but there's a reason they're called 'support' - the pointy end is the reason they exist, not the other way around. We need to acknowledge that getting shot at and shooting back places unique stresses on an individual, and recognize that formally and visibly.
Babbling Brooks said:I have all the respect in the world for those in support classifications, especially those who have deployed with the pointy-end folks. But a tour spent entirely on the base at Kandahar simply isn't the same as a tour spent out in the rocks taking fire from bad-guys. That's not to disparage the support guys, it's just acknowledging facts. We should recognize the distinction.
Well, we can't give out CPSM for Afghanistan so clearly we need something else to make it a two medal tour. : ;DTeddy Ruxpin said:IIRC, there's a whole thread fighting this one out: there are very valid reasons to oppose introduction of a "Combat Action Badge" - as I do.
Since we do not issue the same medal twice, Canadian soldiers would only wear a number 2 or some other designator on the ribbon. However, multiple wound stripes can be worn if wounded multiple times.Red 6 said:I can tell you when folks look at ribbon bars who know what they're looking at, the Purple Heart jumps right out there. I don't rate one, but my dad wore two, one from World War 2 and the second from Korea.
Armyvern said:Why the badge?
Interesting comment above. I actually have no problem with the awarding of this medal/badge etc. I only asked if it was really a requirement for other than "distinguishing" reasons. You have laid out your reasoning for it very eloquently.boondocksaint said:Applying flame retardent clothes now...