Posted on Aug 20, 2019
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If you have received a JSAM what did you do to receive this award? Do you have to be attached to a different branch or work with other countries to qualify for this award?
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TSgt David L.
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Never got a JSAM but I got a JS Commendation Medal for my years as an instructor at the joint service EOD School. It HAS to be for joint service duty or achievement. I'm not sure if it has to be more than 2 services or if it has to be a formal situation or if just working with another service works. Other countries don't count as far as I know.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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Asked for one. Wanted my ARCOM downgraded to a JSAM (prettier ribbon to impress the chicks!). I was in an Army Detachment serving in a Joint facility - essentially had two chains of Command (administrative and operational). Det. OIC had choice of running award through either chain - both had award authority. OIC decided to run it through administrative chain - thus an Army award instead of a Joint one. *Le sigh*

The requirement is simply to be in a Joint situation where an award approving authority is sitting in a Joint billet, even if they are in the same branch.

My final deployment I did get a joint award DMSM) despite my recommender, Commander, and approving General all being in the Army - all were serving in Joint Billets, joint award was approved.
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SFC Christopher Smith I was asking them to send it through the joint (operational) approving authority rather than the Army (administrative) approving authority. I told them I would be happy to drop from a Commendation to an Achievement if they would push it through that way. Detachment OIC refused.
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CH (MAJ) Unit Chaplain Staff Specialist
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You can receive one for after finishing a TOD at the MEPS.
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