I don't know if there is a current thread on this topic, if there is MODS feel free to delete. Spoke to a work colleague today who is ex RM, and he showed me the Sept issue of Navy News, more specifically a letter in the Navy news from another ex Booty with reference to the "apache rescue mission". Quote: With regard to the Apache mission in Afghanistan, would somebody please explain why the four Army Air Corps aircrew and the Royal Engineer Captain involved were awarded DFCs and MCs but that the three Royal Marines who clung to the side of the Apache recieved nothing? Those Royal Marines, one of whom had been in the RM for only 14 months, had earlier taken part in a major assault on that Taleban stronghold and had to retreat under withering fire, yet they volunteered to fly back into that compound by strapping themselves onto the outside of two Apaches, such was their determination to rescue their fellow Royal Marine and friend Why have those gallant Royal Marines been left out of the awards? Dr L.A. (ex RM) The MOD told Navy news: "Nominations for operational honours are initiated by local commanders in the theatre of operations. They are then considered up through the operatioal chain of command. This process ensures that full account is taken of the perspectives of both those on the ground and others with a wider, impartial view. Because of this requirement to maintain the confidentiality of the honours and awards process, the Ministry of Defence will not discuss specific instances. The actions of all those involved in the dramitic recovery of L/Cpl Ford were, however carefully considered. Operational awards were granted to four personnel involved in the incident, together with a number of commendations awarded by the Commander of Joint Operations". This is not intended to be a flame thread, I personally believe all involved in this action deserve an MC at least, I just can't believe that the Booties got no more than commendations.