'Video Game' Medal? Plan to Decorate Drone Operators Angers Veterans
America's largest combat veterans group is worried the creation of a new medal for drone strikes and cyber-warfare could bestow higher honor on those using a joystick to kill terrorists than soldiers wounded on the battlefield.
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#1 Feb 14, 2013
Medals? Seriously, the darned things fly themselves. Oh, operators discharge ordinance, but it's a video game to them. I remember a few years back when a military psychologist said drone flyers were having PTSD...that guy was laughed out of the military.
I was physically on aircraft in the desert. I saw the old Russian RPG and shoulder launched junk thrown at my aircraft. I still felt better off than the ground guys even though our aircraft had no defenses. Now the drone flyers want some silly award for monitoring systems all day and pressing a button to fire a missile when told by a commander to do so? Sorry folks, maybe a service ribbon, but no valor or other high honor award. Do a few months of 30 hour days in actual flight conditions and then come see us who have for an award. We'll know if you earned it!
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