The Bronze Star is not awarded solely for bravery, but also for meritorious service. A Bronze Star for bravery is denoted by a brass 'V' on the ribbon. The rules for the award of the BSM changed some time ago.
The article is correct though. Each service has its own criteria for awards, the Marines having the most difficult standards. What is significant is that it is now possible to win a DFC for flying a Predator...so I can understand why the old and bold are getting the hump.
Your just as dead regardless how big your army is!
You could go into finite amounts of comparisons offsetting campaigns, time spent earing award etc, etc. I'm not sure it really matters too much. Both awards are the highest military decoration of each country and are justly awarded for utter bravery and no amounts of being a tad barking mad.
I recall as a young private walking through the halls at the Armor Center at Ft Knox where they had plaques of all CMoH, every single one, save one or two, was "posthumous" and there were literally hundreds of plaques.
Bronze star and bronze star with valor are two totally different medals. I often equated Bronze star in wartime to ARCOM in peacetime.
I presume the no of VCs has been since the Crimean war. Given that the number of colonial wars we've fought since then and the fact that the Spams turn up late for every world war, I think we've had more man days at war.
The person i am discussing did a box standard tour of 6 months, the persons country and unit awarded 5 medals, these were not for valour. We also have exchange officers permantly in my unit who rotate every 2 yrs, they two are enbarrassed by the nature that they receive awards.