Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
I think if you get shot at, the medal should be the same whether your MOS is infantry or supply.
Sorry, 13th it just doesn't work that way. The CIB is an infantry only badge. If you're a cook and someone takes a potshot at your stove pipe, you don't qualifly for a CIB.
To get a CIB, you must have spent at least 30 days in a combat zone and in an infantry unit and as an infantryman. It's not awarded because just because you get shot at while strolling to the latrine either.
IMO, this new award would be better served if it had some time element involved and/or if it was more MOS specific.
To me an award like this should something to be earned by time and effort. There are MOSs other than infantry, that certainly deserve an award for performing their duties in a combat area. Maybe each would be better served with their own MOS specific combat badge provided they met the 30 days service in a combat area criteria.
Maybe it seems that I am over-reacting to this but I don't think so. In any event, this new award will never be considered on a par with the CIB.
I wonder how an artilleryman, for example, who was been in a combat area for at least 30 days and has been repeatedly fired upon feels about this award being given to some remf who gets shot at once back at HQ. Should they both get the same award? I would think not, but I'd like to hear it from other MOSs.