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Old 02-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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Drone Pilot Medals !

Some even rank higher than the bronze star.

Viral Photo Sums Up Military's Feeling About Drone Medals - Yahoo! Finance
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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Will there be an equivalent civilian award for people who are really good at "Call of Duty"?

Sorry, but to me this ranks up there with the various gedunk ribbons (given for happening to be enlisted while we're off having a war somewhere).
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Will there be an equivalent civilian award for people who are really good at "Call of Duty"?

Sorry, but to me this ranks up there with the various gedunk ribbons (given for happening to be enlisted while we're off having a war somewhere).
Next up, a purple heart for carpel tunnel syndrome ?
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Next up, a purple heart for carpel tunnel syndrome ?
Do you disapprove of medals for army doctors that invent new wound compresses or an Air Force meteorologist that comes up with a great new model for forecasting wing icing conditions on planes? If someone is a really good drone pilot and makes a real difference in the lives of others I would think that's worthy of some recognition.
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When drone 'pilots' subject themselves to physical danger beyond paper cuts and hemorrhoids I'll support a decoration that ranks above the Good Conduct Medal.What a crock...
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Do you disapprove of medals for army doctors that invent new wound compresses or an Air Force meteorologist that comes up with a great new model for forecasting wing icing conditions on planes? If someone is a really good drone pilot and makes a real difference in the lives of others I would think that's worthy of some recognition.
Absolutely worthy and deserving of recognition, but there are a handful of medals already on the books for this sort of service. Something ranking above the Bronze Star is totally inappropriate for anyone not demonstrating courage when faced with physical danger in the face of an enemy. The only danger these 'pilots' face is commuting too and from work every day.
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When drone 'pilots' subject themselves to physical danger beyond paper cuts and hemorrhoids I'll support a decoration that ranks above the Good Conduct Medal.What a crock...

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Absolutely worthy and deserving of recognition, but there are a handful of medals already on the books for this sort of service. Something ranking above the Bronze Star is totally inappropriate for anyone not demonstrating courage when faced with physical danger in the face of an enemy. The only danger these 'pilots' face is commuting too and from work every day.
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I got this while I had the Drone on full auto... pilot, and doing soduku.
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USAF gives medals for finishing boot camp.
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Absolutely worthy and deserving of recognition, but there are a handful of medals already on the books for this sort of service. Something ranking above the Bronze Star is totally inappropriate for anyone not demonstrating courage when faced with physical danger in the face of an enemy. The only danger these 'pilots' face is commuting too and from work every day.
I understand your point of view, but disagree.
The level of involvement these folks experience is far greater than most people realize.

The camera resolution on these RPVs is so high that the pilots develop a total immersion in the mission to an incredible degree. Their missions are actually quite similar to the old saw about "hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror."

When they spend many hours flying patrol, then get called in to support ground troops engaged in intense fighting, they are actually "there" in all senses except the obvious geographical one.

I have no problem at all with the new awards. And yes, I have my own Bronze Star, if that has any relevance to the discussion.
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Medals, badges and decorations are an inexpensive way for the military to recognise troops that contribute to the success of the mission. Load them up with fruit salad I say.
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... they are actually "there" in all senses except the obvious geographical one.
Yes, and therein lies the critical difference.

Maybe a Pewter Star....
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It looks like they are doing three versions of the Drone Medal, very much analogous to the Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service medal, and given for the same reasons as the existing medals.

At least this is better than the 'I graduated from the school' medal that I initially thought it would be. I still don't see why they didn't stick with the Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal, though. More fruit salad, anyone?
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It looks like they are doing three versions of the Drone Medal, very much analogous to the Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service medal, and given for the same reasons as the existing medals.

At least this is better than the 'I graduated from the school' medal that I initially thought it would be. I still don't see why they didn't stick with the Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal, though. More fruit salad, anyone?
One of the new drone medals, the Distinguished Warfare Medal, ranks just below the Distinguished Flying cross and above the Bronze Star - and the Bronze Star ranks above both the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. It's this medal that has drawn the most criticism:

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No problem with Drone medal for outstanding service, but ranking it above Bronze Star for heroics UNDER FIRE? Even curator of Military Times Hall of Valor thinks this puzzling-
New medal for drone pilots outranks Bronze Star - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times
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A drone pilot wouldn't make a pimple on a real pilots ass.
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My daughter saw my Air Force discharge papers. She called it my certificate of participation. So true.

I do not support medals ranking above the purple heart for people that have not been in harms way.

Also I am a private pilot. If your a** is not in the plane its not the same thing! Don't care about your prowess with simulators or remote control planes.

I have no medals myself. I was in during peace time.
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Yes, and therein lies the critical difference.

Maybe a Pewter Star....
Perhaps they could be honored with the label "Pilot Emeritus?"
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