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Monday, January 17, 2022

It’s time to stop awarding the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal | Austin J. Dahmer

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There are 19-year-olds who are required to purchase their Global War on Terrorism service medal before they have completed their first 40 days of service.  The lack of actual meaning behind most GWOT medals awarded devalues the service of everyone and contributes to a lack of overall strategic understanding. As we continue to gain understanding on what our lack of a conventional Afghanistan presence will mean going forward, we could all benefit from the DoD aligning their award policy with their strategy. The author, a recipient of the GWOT Service Medal, believes the present situation presents a unique opportunity to preserve the value of those who have rightfully earned it without continuing to hand them out.

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/opinion/global-war-terror-medal/

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