I received the General Service Medal for my time in KAF. I also qualified for a few tour bars (are now in the mail to me), which has prompted the following....
My GSM is an older issue with the ISAF bar, the later ones were issued without the bar due to changes in the medal award. The same applies to the General Campaign Star.
Originally, the medal and star were designed to have theater specific bars. This idea had no allowances for multiple tours. With this concern in mind, changes were made to allow bars for multiple tours and a the use of a Theater specific ribbon.
Now, as I have a medal issued with the original ISAF bar, I must remove the bar. This is where I get into trouble... As a collector, I like the look of the ISAF bar on the ribbon, although no longer correct, it was at time of issue.
BUT as I have to wear this medal every so often, I feel I should wear it correctly.
Should I suck it up and remove the dang ISAF bar and install my tour bars, or should I get a replacement and add the bars to it??
I have lost my GSM twice, and almost got a replacement.
I would like input from you guys, especially the current and past members of the CF. Please understand, I am not, nor have I ever served in the CF.