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CMSgt Security Forces
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The person that can get a handle on this out of control medal/ribbon process...deserves a medal.
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1SG John Millan
1SG John Millan
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HAHAHA well put!
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SPC Cherry Allen
SPC Cherry Allen
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Hahaha.
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CWO3 Us Marine
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I reflect on the many that died without ever wearing one ribbon.
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1SG John Millan
1SG John Millan
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Yep
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MSgt Gerald Orvis
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I agree that the award system has gone goofy with "participation" ribbons and medals. Medals for just being in the military and breathing? How did the U.S. Armed Forces ever function before all these awards were dreamed up. I recall a joke about Canadian senior officers, during a visit to the Pentagon, clipping a rack of phony ribbons over their one real ribbon just so they wouldn't be embarrassed in the presence of USAF junior enlisted personnel with four rows of awards. In Commonwealth country military forces, it isn't unusual to see senior officers and NCOs with only two or three medals for a whole career, exceptions being for those who have been on campaign or been decorated for valor. I think the proliferation of medals and ribbon-only awards just cheapens and waters down the award system so that it doesn't mean much. I suppose as much could be said about some of the upper level medals awarded only to senior officers just for doing their duty. I suppose if we wanted to further expand the military award system, the ribbons and medals should at least mean something. How about the "I Stayed Married" Medal (or conversely, the "I Got Divorced" Medal? Or the Road Guard Ribbon, or the "I Stood at Attention" Ribbon (for those post-recruit who remember how)? Or "My Dad is a General" Medal? I could dream up a lot more.
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1SG John Millan
1SG John Millan
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You are right, but it still needs to see the flow of participation awards be stemmed.
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SGT Philip Keys
SGT Philip Keys
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The I stayed married would be a huge accomplishment, God bless anyone that has made it through their career with the same spouse.
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SR Gregory Galvan
SR Gregory Galvan
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This is not a "cry-baby" statement nor a 'right-to-waa-waa' statement, rather a...I would love to have the Commendation that I received in bc that pissed off my di because he never received one request statement. Without trying to out-of the next guy but just trying to do my best, back in '81 I cleaned brass to the point that it was blinding to pilots that flew or the base. On a clear day back in September in San Diego, I polished the the base bell on the old rtc side of the base. A visit from a Rear Admiral that day, stopp8by our training, saw what I did, met me, asked for my name, and then he promptly ordered, "Give this man a commendation. That's the brightest damn brass that I've ever seen!" His Captain At Arms answered "Aye Aye sir!" But I never received it and it's hard to prove that to your grandkids. But I did get a lot of OP for my troubles.....
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SR Gregory Galvan
SR Gregory Galvan
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SR Gregory Galvan oops...typos...stopped and KP not op...fat finger syndrome
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