AND we’re back to Erwin trying to pin things on his brother. Erwin thinks they’re pretty and extremely useful; it’s how You say what You’ve done in the military. It’s a shortcut, so You don’t have to ask which battles or theaters somebody has been in. It’s points for a career, too.
IF you have a career. Pfirsich doesn’t want anything to do with a military career. He was dragged in for the first war, and They got him again for this war.
I don’t know if he actually follows all the social gossip; it’s mostly to torque off his brother.