Recently, the Pentagon has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal. This medal was intended for those who have performed extraordinary achievements but aren’t involved with direct traditional combat. Examples of these Soldiers would be UAV pilots, cyber operators, etc. Upon its initial announcement, the Distinguished Warfare Medal as been under some intense debate and scrutiny. After all, the award’s order of precedence was just below the Distinguished Flying Cross and slightly above the Bronze Star. But, recently appointed Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel has indicated that the aforementioned Soldiers would simply receive devices, which would be added to existing medals, for their achievements…
That being said…what are your thoughts? I would like to hear what our viewers out there think about this topic as a whole. As warfare continues to change, more and more of the battle is won behind the scenes and off the battlefield. As a Combat Arms Officer, however, I also have a strong conviction that despite all our technological advancements and the changing face of warfare, wars can only be won with boots on the ground. Those Soldiers, in my opinion, are the only ones who deserve such distinguished awards.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I know that our jobs are supported by many and they deserve their credit…they do. I just firmly believe that the gallantry and bravery that combat demands and takes from you as a human being sets you apart from these other Soldiers. Sitting behind a computer screen thousands of miles a way and killing someone is night and day when compared to seeing the whites of a man’s eyes of whom you just killed. UAV pilots do not face the same dangers either as they selectively kill the enemy. They do so from the safety and comfort of a lazy-boy chair… While their job is important, and they deserve their credit, please do not hold them to the same level as your would a man who has seen his fellow brother die in front of him as he, himself is dodging bullets and IEDs.
That’s just my two-sense! PLEASE leave your comments and opinions on this topic. I always love to hear other people’s perspective and I am curious what other opinions there are out there. Thanks!