Receiving a medal for your service in the military is not always automatic. In many cases, military service members have to apply to receive their medals, or to replace lost or damaged medals. Family members may also be curious as to what kind of awards and distinguishments their veterans have received, and if their veterans […]
While veterans are honored in many ways, receiving an official medal–like the GWOT Expeditionary Medal–signifies an unparalleled degree of respect and honor. Reserved only for a select number of service members, this medal represents incredible sacrifice and a remarkable commitment to fighting the Global War on Terror.
The Navy uses patches to indicate not only the rank of a sailor but the job they do, which is called a “rate.” Typical Navy rates fall under various categories, including medical, construction, aviation, and others. A handful rates have been disbanded, combined with other rates, or simply dissolved throughout the years, but those sailors […]
The Air Medal was instituted in the throes of WWII, in September 1942, and is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Since the award was instituted during WWII, it is retroactive to September 8, 1939. Eligibility: The eligibility of the Air Medal has changed since its inception in 1942. The base requirement […]