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- The US military has a host of awards and medals for its service members.
- Some awards, like the Medal of Honor and the Silver and Bronze Star awards, are given to service members who display bravery in combat.
- Others are given for serving in specific operations or even missions — these are known as campaign awards.
- Depending on the medals a service member or veteran wears, it’s typically possible to determine which wars or regions of the world they have served in.
- Scroll through to see campaign awards for operations and missions since the Korean War.
Service in war time
The ISIS fight
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Service members who have supported Operation Inherent Resolve, the US mission in Syria to combat the Islamic State, are now eligible for a medal.
The medal was approved in 2016 — prior to that, service members who supported OIR were awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary (GWOT-E) medal.
Global war on terror
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There are two different campaign awards for service in the US’s war against terror.
The GWOT Service medal is awarded to service members who serve in either a direct or indirect role in support of operations during the global war on terror, including personnel stateside who process paperwork for deployed troops.
The GWOT Expeditionary Medal, seen on the left, is more specific — service members must deploy for service in an anti-terrorism operation. Ground troops deployed to Somalia for over 30 days, for example, would qualify for this medal.
A service member who qualifies for the GWOT-E typically also qualifies for the service medal.
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Source: Business Insider