Just pondering last night, as my jet-set lifestyle allows me to do, the subject of the OSM. The original plan was for each operational medal awarded to have a distinctive ribbon attached to it, which has happened. Why then does the govt feel it necessary to add a clasp which merely tells us what the theatre is when the ribbon does this already? Looking back at previous medals awarded for the Afghan campaigns last century, clasps were awarded for areas and battles in which the recipient served. Clasps for Cabul, Candahar (sic) etc were commonplace. Which got me thinking, why not do it now? Surely a clasp for 'Helmand' 'Kandahar', 'Kabul' 'Sangin' etc would engender a lot more pride than a generic 'Afghanistan'? I know that the 'Afghanistan' clasp is only awarded to those in-country, but surely the distinctive Afghanistan ribbon on the OSM makes the location clear. In addition, it would allow new clasps to be awarded to personnel on repeat tours who serve in different areas, as well as carry on an established military tradition. Just wondering what my fellow arssers think. 'vodchik.