The questions always come down to eligibility.
"For Op LENTUS in Ontario, it's the medal for 15 days deployed, plus a bar for every 128 sandbags filled."
BTW, I envisioned that this would be available to award to first responders as well as the military.
With the exception of purely military honours and awards (CD, ORMM, CV, VC) first responders are already eligible to receive service medals for deployed operations. Why would a domops medal be any different? Not too long ago a member of my agency was awarded the MSM (Civilian Division).BTW, I envisioned that this would be available to award to first responders as well as the military.
The national emergency medal will only be available if people are working under the emergencies actI was just making the point that I didn't envision it to be a strictly military honour, but a national one that would be available to those who participated in a national emergency, be they civilian or military. Not that it really matters, as I'm sure the Gov't of Canada will never issue a National Emergency Medal (they would've done so long ago if they had been interested in honouring such service with a separate medal).
Not that it really matters, as I'm sure the Gov't of Canada will never issue a National Emergency Medal (they would've done so long ago if they had been interested in honouring such service with a separate medal).
As a guy who has fallen in recognition vacuums and missed my cd and other long service medals for various reasons- I have always found Canadas honours system very interesting.
You can have “this” for doing nothing given by a politician with an allotment- and if you stay around long enough you’ll have enough of these that people will assume you ve done something. Hell I know a couple operational medals that imply something where they actually did nothing.
But then on domops fighting forest fire for months- or working in generally miserable circumstances on behalf of Canadians- nothing. I should put an asterisk on that though- the senior officers organizing things will get a commendation. We received a letter thanking us for getting it for them.
There’s nothing wrong with giving a guy a ribbon on his uniform that says they worked in shitty circumstances on behalf of Canadians. Even if it was their “job”.
“But where does it stop?” Who cares. If it’s a useless bauble they have to sleep at night knowing it’s all they have.
And I’m in no danger of getting one
There are still lots of deployments happening, just not necessarily on the army side, and the criteria for medals was changed so that shorter missions would be recognized.Lots of talk of medals and awards, but with most things the past few governments have killed it off or ignored it. If you joined the military in hopes of coming home with a chest full of medals to impress your non military friends with, you joined the wrong military.
Canadian governments like the military but only when it serves the policies of that Government or gives them a good photo op. Forgotten the rest of the time