Posted on Oct 7, 2017
1LT Infantry Officer
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Recently I saw a post from a friend stating they didn't get an award after retiring from the military. To me it was a bit odd but I find myself in a similar situation. After spending about ten years in the North Carolina National Guard I transitioned to the Regular Army. In my time I have served full and part time as an NCO and Officer. I completed two deployments and a plethora of schools in support of my unit.

I can't tell you how many ceremonies I have been in for soldiers retiring or PCSing where they received an award. We all know after a deployment they are handed out like candy. Maybe I am expecting too much. I would hate to say I expected one. Maybe a handshake with a "smiley face" device would have nice.

What have you seen when your peers retired or moved on to another duty station? What is your expectation of how a unit should handle this?
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SGM Erik Marquez
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No, your not entitled, you are authorized.
But that takes a chain of command and supervisor that is interested in doing so.|

I was at NTC just weeks prior to my last duty day, and in the parking lot doing a TOCEX the day prior...
We were busy as a DIV Staff..and I think it all just got lost in the mess... I could have thrown a fit or asked the G3, ADCM for an award......but its kind of like respect, if you have to ask for it, it does not count.

I was at work Friday, I was not Monday and that was that. 27 years 8 months, retiring as the 1st CAV DIV G3 SGM and I retired with a hand shake from the three NCO's that worked directly for me.
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COL Jerold Wood
COL Jerold Wood
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A lack of retirement recognition whether an award or a certificate is a bad reflection of POOR leadership! I would bet the G3 and his CSM will have both recognition and a military decoration of LOM (or better).
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SFC Francisco Rosario
SFC Francisco Rosario
12 mo
Many times if their is a conflict between the personalities of the leader and the soldier, the award may not get done or it will be done poorly.
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SFC Francisco Rosario
SFC Francisco Rosario
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Also the US army tracks awards that are presented for retirement and PCS, it is tracked under the Equal Opportunity Program. I remember having to compile this data when i was an EOA. I had to present it at the CMD & Staff and submit it to higher.
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SSG Environmental Specialist
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Awards are all about is someone willing to take the time and energy to put one in. If the action warrants one, in this case retirement or PSC and someone does the paper work you will get one. Some units are just better at handling awards and staying on top of those things than other units. As a reservist I was called up twice for active duty CONUS and received an award from both active duty units when my tour was up.
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COL Action Officer
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Barring extraordinary circumstances, I do not see a reason why good leaders wouldn’t take a moment to recognize someone on their retirement. At an individual level, writing an award is a simple matter that costs the unit little and matters a lot to the retiree. At the Army level, presenting an award to a retiree in a public forum provides a leader a platform to affirm Soldier for Life and inspire other Soldiers to provide a lifetime of service to the nation.
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1LT Infantry Officer
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I agree with you. I think it is pretty sad that soldiers don't get recognized.
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1SG Ernest Schmidt
1SG Ernest Schmidt
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I also agree, this SGM was very deserving, his COC let him down
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MSG Sel, Directorate For Education, Training, And Research
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No one is entitled an award to include those retiring. I believe it to be a good practice to recognize this accomplishment with an award.
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
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Exactly my view, MSG (Join to see).
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