Posted on Mar 7, 2020
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The top five awards for bravery - the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross (those three decorations are considered equal), and the Silver Star are all awarded ONLY for valorous acts while engaged in direct combat against an armed enemy of the United States. I do believe meritorious service awards, with criteria which often distinguishes between officer and enlisted, have there place. However, shouldn't we place more emphasis on medals awarded strictly for valor? Awards for valor are egalitarian. A private can be decorated with the Medal of Honor or a Silver Star just as soon as a Five Star General. Shouldn't that be above meritorious service medals?
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CPT Jack Durish
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How 'bout starting with the basics. It's the Medal of Honor (there is no honor in Congress). Then there are awards for service, achievement, and valor ("V" device) such as the Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Should the honoree having both wear one of each? How 'bout awards for service and achievement be worn on the right breast and those for valor on the left? Oh, the confusion...
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Outstanding Answer Sir!
Definitely Agree!
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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I say leave things as they are.
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CMSgt Virgil Horsley
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Top medals should stay the same. Only ones that should be considered would be much lower in the pecking order.

Nonetheless, would love to be a fly on the wall for those kind of arguments by decision makers
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