I do know is that these issues will not go away and it can only be a matter of time before those who have served for
long periods of time and/or saw action are calling for insignia to differentiate themselves from those who didn’t. How long will it be before we see “grades” of badge denoting service, different colours for where you were, what you did and how long you did it for? And how long before those badges, those grades, are watered down still further until every conceivable combination of service length, theatre of operation and action is catered for?
Many people, many veterans, already feel “fobbed off” by these badges, they still feel that they deserve proper medallic recognition—and I can’t see how introducing more badges, and
widening the criteria for those already in existence is going to help the situation in any way.
Whilst Whitehall may think that a badge is the perfect answer to a sticky political situation I fear someone hasn’t quite thought it through properly. This one isn’t over yet!