This shouldn't be too difficult, but what do you guys think about the developers adding in the possibility of medals after a mission?
Specifically, what I am thinking is a system like Silent Hunter, or the original M1 Tank Platoon, whereby after a successful mission, your squad would be able to earn medals for a particularly good performance.
The player could then give out the earned medals to whoever they wanted in that mission (to allow further attachment/customization of soldiers). Some medals could be user-assignable (such as for bravery, etc) whereas some medals could be computer assigned, like for being wounded or for serving in 5 missions (like a tour of duty sort of thing).
Now the medals need not confer additional benefits to units, they could just simply be a decorative item that helps build emotional connections with the soldiers. That wouldn't mess up the balance of the game.
However, medals should be relatively difficult to get, not just something that you could 'farm' by sending in one guy on a mission to try to get the Congr. Medal of Hnr or whatever. The idea would be that even after 20 missions, your guy wouldn't be a walking trophy case, but perhaps have 3-4 medals for their experiences.