I worked in Antarctica for seven seasons, 35 months, on the 'ice' working out of McMurdo. I proudly wear the Antarctic Service Medal that I earned as a civilian on my military uniform. Unless you are assigned to Operation Deep Freeze, are in the US Coast Guard or fly C-17's with the Air Force or C-130's with the 109th Air National Guard, it is hard to go down in a military capacity. As a civilian you could work for one of the civilian contractors there, or go down as a researcher affiliated with a university or project. The ASM is one of the few medals that is awarded to civilians. I hope I will one day be given the opportunity to work in the Arctic so that I can earn the Arctic Service medal and be 'bi-polar', but the odds of that are very slim.
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