Posted on Oct 4, 2014
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I have been a member here for almost a year now. I noticed in quite a few profile pictures where members are wearing their ASUs, the presence of neck decorations. The only official awards I know of that are worn in this manner are the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom. The medals I see being worn here are not either of those.

So- what medals are these members wearing?
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1SG Rick Seekman
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LT, It's not called the congressional medal of honor. Check the regulation from each of the 5 services. They all name this award the "Medal of Honor"..
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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SGT John Moak, if you’re referring to the word “Congressional” as a noun, you’re incorrect. Since Congressional modifies or describes Medal, by definition, it’s an adjective.
The President of the United States, as Commander in Chief, possesses ultimate authority over the armed forces of the United States, but has no rank and thus maintains a civilian status. He therefore would not be characterized as a military leader.
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SGT John Moak
SGT John Moak
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LTC Stephen C. - I stand corrected.
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SGT John Moak
SGT John Moak
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SGT John Moak - PS: If the President has civilian status, why does he publicly return salutes, when, as you say, he has no military status or rank, and is not a 'military leader?"
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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SGT John Moak, there is no requirement or regulation for the president to return salutes. He is a civilian. It's one of the hallmarks of our constitution that the military complex reports to a civilian authority.
The returning of salutes by the president is courtesy and a relatively recent custom, thought to have been inititated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Here's an article that addresses the issue, but you can find many others with a simple Google search.

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20160415/NEWS/801246528
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CW4 Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Tactician/Technician (PATRIOT)
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I'd add the "Order of Saint Barbara" for the Artillery branch.
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SPC Cannon Crew Member
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What about the SAMC award
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SFC William Swartz Jr
SFC William Swartz Jr
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Same for Oder of St. George for Armor and Cavalry.
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CW5 Randall Hirsch
CW5 Randall Hirsch
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Bronze and Silver order of Mercury for Signal.
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CSM Patrick Durr
CSM Patrick Durr
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The above are all authorized, just not in official DA photo's
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LTC Stephen C.
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LT (Join to see), all of these are unoffical awards issued by associations, etc. generally associated with the soldier's branch (Infantry, Signal, etc.). Some are quite old and prestigious. Generally, they should only be worn locally and at the local commander's discretion.
However, it now seems like the issuance and wear of these unoffical awards has become epidemic and there's no discretion, and in my estimation, it's just too much.
My preference would be that the Medal of Honor be the only award worn round the neck. I guess I would reluctantly say OK to the Medal of Freedom, since it is bestowed by the POTUS, it can be awarded to military personnel and is authorized for wear on the uniform.
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CW4 Scott Hyde
CW4 Scott Hyde
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Define epidemic.

You will find these worn with the ASUS and dress mess at formal functions.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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CW4 Scott Hyde, I made this comment over a year ago, and as far as I'm concerned, I provided sufficient specificity for a simple opinion. As such, I don't really care to elaborate further, except to say that I'm perfectly aware of when they're worn and the uniforms with which they're worn.
However, should you wish to offer your opinion (pro or con), the keyboard is yours!
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1SG Ncoic
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I am a retired 1SG/MSG, married to another service member. Attending to my spouse's military Balls, i did noticed retirees wearing these "unofficial awards" around their necks. In my opinion, if the Army allows Soldiers to wear these while in active duty after been awarded such prestige branch award, I wouldn't be mad for a honorary retiree to attend a military function with his/her branch award around their necks in civilian clothes. This is only a way to show how proud they served and that they in fact made big contributions to their respective service branch!
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SGT Lenny Johnston
SGT Lenny Johnston
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They are PX Soldiers...wanna be someone...
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