This will always be a debated and contentious practice. At the heart of the awards process is the subjective recommendation for a decoration, regardless of type. That assumes that the individual act is even recognized by a supportive superior officer. Add egos, personalities, political influence, bias, rivalries, inter unit competition, personal loyalties and a myriad of other variables and it will forever remain flawed. But better that it exists and that at least a portion of the deserving recipients are recognized, appropriately or otherwise. I tend to agree with CSM Charlie Martin of the QOR, who felt that his own MM was more a reflection of the collective valour of his men and the decoration served to draw attention to the actions they fought and the sacrifices made.