Noticing that no one is arguing to just get rid of the Wound Stripe - everyone seems favourable to having a distinction for those wounded. So Badge or Medal? With there being no Right or Wrong on this we get plenty of opinion.
The Badge has been cited for the following (- I include a response to each):
1) The option of not wearing it.
- If we wanted to we could apply the same rule to a medal.
2) Being wounded rates a badge rather than a medal.
- Merely opinion, I disagree, but I would say Champion Shot rates a badge rather than a medal.
3) The Americans don't use it.
- True, but I thought we had moved past that line of reasoning.
Maybe a better statement would have been "just because the US does it a different way doesn't mean we have to change".
4) 90+ years of off-and-on use by Canada.
- Hmmm... hard to argue with that, but then again it isn't quite a clincher (and the stripe wasn't a Canadian idea to begin with was it?)
I believe medals are better than stripes as a way of displaying this kind of information (campaigns, valour, merit), but there are no concrete reasons - only preferences.
Medals (ribbons) scale better when wearing short sleeves then Long Sleeve arm badges do. And, without cuffs, the Wound Stripe just seems misplaced on the DEUs.
As for what actual medal to use...
Sinnott envisions a distinctive, enamelled crimson maple leaf set against a white background.
Well... I'm pretty Maple Leaf'd out, but there are plenty of options for the ribbon - you could stick with the suggestion in the article of white with a red device or; red with a black device (reminiscent of a poppy); black with a red device (inverse of a poppy); or purple and tie it into the Memorial Cross. Anyways... the details aren't the deciding factor.
...Now to bring back the service chevrons[/url] and perhaps some gorget patches...
It's not like I'm strongly opposed to the Wound Stripe, but the old ways are not always the best ways, some military fashions/styles just fade. Medals (and their ribbons) are an efficient way to display (and honour) this information and have a lot of cross-cultural understanding not only between nations but by civilians as well, and will probably be a fixture on military uniforms for many years.