An effort to review how well the military honors valor is in its final phase, with current Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter expected to receive the results shortly. The broad review was prompted after a plan to introduce the Distinguished Warfare Medal was scrapped. The medal would have honored service members flying drones in combat, and would be ranked higher than a Purple Heart or a Bronze Star with “V.”
The review comes after years of criticism that the military does not properly acknowledge or reward heroism within its ranks and is meant to determine if different service members who perform similar acts of valor are recognized the same. The review will also attempt to discern whether or not the awards process motivates others to perform heroically, and to consider how drone operators should be recognized. How the award process has changed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began is also being assessed.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.