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The military's medal for cyber-combat is a disservice to actual combat vets

Curseyoukhan (2601315) writes | about a year and a half ago

The Military 2

Curseyoukhan writes "The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to members of the military engaged in computer security and flying drones. It is the first new "combat-related" award since the Bronze Star was created in 1944.

A friend of mine was a Bronze Star recipient. He received the medal for leading troops in combat in Vietnam. He knew by heart the names of the dozen or so men who died under his command during that engagement. He eventually died from poisoning due to prolonged exposure to Agent Orange during his service.

The Pentagon says, "Another example [of a potential recipient] is that of a soldier at Fort Meade, Md., who detects and thwarts a cyberattack on a DOD computer system."

Other than carpal-tunnel syndrome what risk does our theoretical soldier face?

This stretches the term "combat-related" out of any recognizable shape."

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2 comments

Risk ain't the only critieria (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year and a half ago | (#43010517)

Even the bronze star isn't only about risk - there is a special version that is used for heroism. Otherwise it is also awarded for acts of merit or meritorious service.

But so what? We aren't even talking about a bronze star - this a brand new award, the intenet is to make it completely distinct from all those other awards.

Worthless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43010881)

Any medal for killing others is worthless. Medals should be awarded for finding ways AROUND conflict. Troops should not be rewarded for killing, they should be rewarded (financially, like they are) for doing their job. Adding more to this simply condones viciousness. No, terrorism is not a threat. We are the terrorists to all of these countries we decide to invade.
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