I fought in the 101st Chairborn, wanna see my medal?

david52_gwFebruary 17, 2013

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal, dubbed the "Geek's Cross" by detractors, ranks above the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those wounded in combat.
The award recognises "extraordinary achievement" by troops "who may not even be on the same continent as the action" and is intended for practitioners of cyber warfare or pilots of unmanned vehicles.

Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), America's largest combat veterans group, said it was a "boneheaded decision".

"Being on the front lines has to count for something because you're not just going home after work," Mr Davis told The Daily Telegraph. "You have to think about this from the perspective of the guy in the fox hole: they're questioning the leadership of the Pentagon".
Mr Davis said that the VFW had heard from active duty personnel and warned that the row over the medal could quickly turn into a "morale issue".

Comments on the VFW's Facebook page speculated that that the Pentagon could soon be handing out medals for those wounded in video games.

A Pentagon spokesman said: "Those furthest from the fight/risk are not eligible for a higher award than those engaging the enemy and risking their lives each day."
America's highest military honours - including the Medal of Honour for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty - remain open only to those serving on the front lines. end quote

So the medal looks like a joy stick with two Cheetos Rampant.

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elvis

I thought if you racked up a lot of points in a video game, you got free games. You get a medal? Hot dog.

I don't suppose they'll make a category in the Nobel prizes for this.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 5:50PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

So the bigger the award the larger the...err...hem...er...

I assume the joystick is pointing up at the geek.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 5:51PM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

And you wondered if they'd back off on the drone warfare.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:12PM
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fancifowl(5Pa)

Not too hard to see where our military has been heading. This is just further proof.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 7:25PM
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