Looking at the small Honour Guard my Company sent to Calais yesterday made me realise that of the six or so blokes who had deployed, three had been wounded in action to a degree severe enough to warrant casevac, and a fourth had been fragged. His sight was saved by the ballistic specs. Rightly, their service has been recognised by the award of the Afghanistan medal but I do wonder if recognition should be made of the blood price they have paid? This could take the form of an adornment to the Medal; some kind of wound stripe, or even something along the lines of the Purple Heart. The debate about the criteria can come later, but is it time ?