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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

jillparish Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 8:26 PM
That is outrageous! A person injured in battle should never be outdone by a computer jockey. Medals are awarded for valor not computer games.

PARIS -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week that the Pentagon has created a new military award for keyboard cyber-warriors and drone joystick jockeys.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal will recognize those whose ability to incinerate a designated target from the comfort of an office chair wasn't prohibitively affected by a jumpy trigger finger on the joystick from a mid-shift java jolt. Or, as Panetta put it: "The medal provides distinct, department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations, but that do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails."

Given that this...