Posted on Aug 21, 2021
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Upon graduation of FA BOLC in 2020, we were instructed by the school house to wear the GWOTSM on our ASUs. However, I felt as if I had not earned that award and refused to wear it. It’s also not on my ORB. Now that I’m in my unit, I’ve noticed all other LTs wear it on their ASUs, even though the most exciting thing we’ve experienced was JRTC/NTC. Is the GWOTSM earned post IET for officers? The verbiage on HRC’s website is throwing me off.
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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The GWOTSM is earned once you've served 30 days at your new unit. You have earned it.
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TSgt Scott Hurley
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Everyone that has served during the War on Terrorism receives the Global War on Terrorism Service medal. I think you are confusing it with its cousin the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal which you earn being deployed in support of the operations. During WWII there were two medals that were pretty much the same as these two medals. The American Defense Service Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Everyone earned the former and only those that served in the Battle of the Atlantic and during the defense of the west coast, received the latter. So wear it with pride.
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LTC John Mohor
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Just to be clear the American Defense was awarded for those on active duty on December 7th. A star was added for those that engaged the enemy that day ie folks on Wake, the Philippines of Hawaii. The American Campaign went to all a star was only added for actual combat in the Battle of the Atlantic( engaging the enemy in air or sea .
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SFC Michael Hasbun
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There's no deployment requirement for the GOWTSM. it's a participation trophy, much like the National Defense Service Medal.
I think you're confusing it for the Global War on Terrorism EXPEDITIONARY Medal, which does have a deployment requirement.
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