Of my gongs, the one I am most proud of is my GSM.This was mentioned on another thread, but out of the two medals I was awarded, I only ever wore one - the 1962 GSM with NI clasp. Yes, I know I should have had the LSGC up with it when awarded, but I felt the only one that mattered was the GSM as it reflected operational tours and I remembered some colleagues who didn't come home by it.
When I first joined, the LSGC was awarded at the 18 year point of service, later lowered to 15. Where I was in the early 70's, someone being awarded the LSGC as a Corporal or below wasn't regarded as a positive thing and I took that on board. Having served in two services, and starting from scratch in the second, my LSGC came through at what was counted as my 15 year point. Although a Sergeant when presented, it has Corporal on the rim.
At the time I declined to wear it, medals weren't so bountiful as they are nowadays, so it wasn't picked up and didn't look out of place by not being there. "Gizzit medals" for time served have never done much for me so it's probably a good job I haven't served in more recent times. By comparison, I feel my GSM was actually "earned" through my NI tours.
Just a personal view, and I don't knock anyone else who wears all the medals they have been awarded and are entitled to wear.
We have a Regimental System that isn't very regimented, but some Regiments that are very Regimental.Correct. There is no regimental system in the US Army so you’re usually serving with strangers - your ribbons serve as your resume.