I have no problem with a civilian getting a medal. If for instance it's for a Police Officer or Fireman who committed a valorous or heroic act then of course. If you are a scientist and come up with a cure or treatment for a disease or something yes of course you deserve a medal. However I never really agreed with anybody getting a medal just for performing their job even if they do it better than required. If the person needs recognition give them a certificate or a plaque, even a raise.
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