With the politically dicey issue of how to recognize service by drone pilots and cyber warriors still awaiting an answer, the Pentagon announced Tuesday a broad-ranging review to settle not only that question, but examine the full range of medals and awards.
Officials said the review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, would likely kick off within a month or so and be complete by late 2014 or early 2015.
Beyond determining how new warfare technologies would fit into the medal picture, the parameters of the review are still being worked out, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.
“As the wars are ending … rather than looking piecemeal at any specific one, he wants to do a comprehensive review of them all,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
URR has written before his thoughts on awards, and what we have, and what we should have. I suspect we’ll hear more from him on this.
Concerning the Distinguished Warfare Medal, my impression was that the vast majority of the controversy about it was a matter of precedence. It would have “outranked” both the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. That’s pretty much a slap in the face to people who have died or been severely wounded in our wars.
I like having a generous awards policy. I’ve certainly been a beneficiary of it. But I also recognize that the awards that really count, those for valor, mean a heck of a lot more than others.