Originally Posted by Chief Bones
I agree about the 'feel good' awards ... what I disagree with is assuming all Soldiers / Sailors / Airmen / Marines being presumed to be on their good behavior because of the wearing of their uniforms ("In today’s Air Force, our Airmen understand that the uniform they wear represents good conduct”) ... your statement ... "What a bunch of bunk" (my statement).
GCMs are ONLY ONE of the yardsticks used to measure the character of our military members. You may call it a feel good medal ... however ... for more years than you have been around, most military members have been very proud to wear their GCMs (your truly included). If you ask most active duty personnel their opinion, I am quite sure that those that feel as you do are in a very very very small minority.
SOME PEOPLE WOULD CALL YOU A KOOK ... I DO NOT ... I JUST THINK YOU ARE WRONG.
Have to agree with Chief. There are many military personnel that can not be awarded this ribbon because of punitive punishments. Meaning they have been caught in the act and been NJPd, Courts Martialed, etc.
Just because you wear the same uniform does not automatically make you have the same morals, values and conduct as the next person.
I am proud to say that I have never been in any real trouble and have recieved only 2 written negative counselings in the almost 4 years I have been in the Marine Corps. One was on being late and the other was for. . I have forgotten, both were within the first 6 months of when I first got to Camp Lejeune. My point is that there are those that SHOULD
be recognized for their good conduct.
Maybe they should make a reverse medal: Bad Conduct Medal. This way one doesn't have to dive into an SRB to see how that servicemember has conducted themselves.
Have to agree with PJ, the bootcamp ribbon you get for completing bootcamp is a bit overboard. You are in the service and wearing the uniform right?