Posted on Jan 9, 2019
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My platoon was on a mission in 2017-2018 in turkey for a couple of months very much past the specific longitude line into the designated combat zone. It took us about a year to receive our GWOTEM from our unit. While there we received the IDP/HDP, tax exclusion, carried our live rounds and such but saw no actual combat. I've read the regulation but no one is entirely sure.
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So I got confirmation the 173rd approved combat patches for this deployment. Has anyone been able to contact their S1 or HRC to get approval now that this is officially a thing?
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I’ve had multiple people tell me it was authorized, but also had people say the exact opposite. I was there a few years back with one of my old Platoons also. I recently saw some of the 2-503rd guys get patches for being on the same deployment though. Just didn’t know if it meant everyone that’s been there could wear one or not.
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Did you ever get any updates on if it was officially approved?
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11th MDB is authorized them. Army G1 said that an exception to policy can be granted by the first GO in your chain of command.
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Any update with this?
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