I wont be sendng my vetrans badge back either...it gets me pint taken to me table on occasions... I understand the frustration of those who served at an intermediate time for some in British armed forces if there ever was such a time. If you joined up at a specific time in 70's you could find yourself surrounded by old sweats with ribbons and Gsm's to do with Aden, Borneo, Radafan and many more. I got my Irish version, but many didnt, and served their whole tour, thru Ireland, Falklands, and on to Gulf one with Bosnia and never visited them to get considered. Its unfortunate..but there you go. I remember the tale of an old salt in hospital with me in Falklands times, he had a bike accident, done 12 years in Navy, been around done it, seen it, and ate it...and was spitting and screaming, that the 3 lads he had just seen out of training recently...17 years old, were manning a bofors? and shooting down Argie planes in Falkland sound and he had done his time and nothing on his chest to show for it. It is unfortunate..but as Drew impies? You really have to spend the required time in theatre. Thems the rules...some go and dont do a thing in theatre and get the gong, but the time is spent...Its unfortunate but thems the rules we've lived by for ever.