New Awards and Devices Coming Soon!!
On March 30th, DoD announced a new award for service members who served in either Iraq or Syria since June 15, 2014. This has not been codified in Army Regulation yet, but it is pending and should be out soon. From what I have gathered in my research it will be between the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism – Expeditionary Medal in order of precedence. So far there is an Executive Order establishing it and a couple of news articles and official releases and a design for the ribbon and medal set.
Also soon-to-be included are the “C” and “R” devices that are intended for “Combat” and “Remote” designations on certain awards. This is due to different interpretations of the “V” device. Some services such as the Army and Air Force use the “V” device for Valor while the Navy uses the “V” device for combat “Combat V”. The destinations are subtle but significant. The specifics are still pending for these devices as well, but you can read more about it here, here, or here.
The good news is that your version of Army Awards already shipped with all the new award images included. All I am waiting for now is the specifics about the award and information on its appurtenances (devices) in order to included it in the database. Once this is settled, I will update the database and you will have it automatically within a week unless you changed your update frequency. You can also get the update immediately if you want. Just check out the Tips and Tricks to see how.