Originally Posted by PJ24
I personally don't see a problem with it and I never bothered to wear mine. Why should anyone get a medal for doing exactly what it is they are supposed to do to begin with?
Too much emphasis is put on chest candy in the military these days, I'm surprised to see the reactions of some on this forum in regards to that.
Let's not pretend that these ribbons haven't been given out like candy over the years, and it's not only the AF that does it. The GC ribbon has turned into a "gimme award" and has been for years now, service wide.
I think getting rid of the basic training ribbon would have been a smarter choice, hopefully that will be next.
Since when is the GC ribbon the sole determining factor in promotions? Your EPRs are far more important than a ribbon, you don't even get promo points for the GC in the AF.
Having the ribbon doesn't necessarily mean you've been on your best behavior, it just means you didn't get caught.
It may be a gimme now, but it sure wasn't in the 1960's. It also didn't matter if you glowed in your first years, the Army GCM depended on what last duty station Commander thought you deserved. On an isolated site, you sign in when you report for duty and sign out when you leave out the gate. We had to be within so many minutes away so we could sign in on time in case of a battery recall or you were restricted to the barracks for two weeks. We accounted for our whereabouts 24 hours a day. If the Platoon Sgt, who knew you pretty well, caught some one in formation without a ribbon or badge they had earned, you went to explain to the Top why you were out of uniform.
I guess things have slacked to a point of sloppiness and troops can get away with murder.