A couple of weeks ago I was informed by my uncharacteristically sheepish RAO that one of our detachment's Pte Clerks (a female) had received the Commander SPS Commendation. Surprised, having known the girl reasonably well for some time and having had no idea that anything she may ever have done could be described as 'commendable' I brushed this off and carried on with what I was doing at the time. When I saw her, I asked what she actually got it for. To her credit she laughed and admitted she had no idea whatsoever considering she had not spent much time attached to a DII terminal lately or been involved in doing any 'clerking' as such due to her training to become a PTI. She had basically been sent off to the gym to train for a forthcoming PTI course and had long since forgotten the ills of JPA. I personally know of quite a few people past and present, who have made massive personal sacrifices in terms of time spent on things which quite frankly are well beyond their remit, and have gone the extra mile repeatedly, and who have never received due recognition. I believe there are many people who are more deserving of an award - or recognition of some form, but are overlooked. My question is this: having seen certain individuals who have received this award in the past it seems that they must surely be picking the names out of a big tombola at DSPS. Maybe it's time that some of our magnificent leaders started giving recognition to those who deserve it rather than to folk who don't even know why they got it in the first place. There's no point giving a bloody award to someone when the individual has no idea why they got it - if that's the case why bother? Anyone come across any other instances of this shite happening? BTW I'm not bitter that I haven't ever received one - honest..