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Drill Weekend Day 1

We have a Meritorious Unit Commendation award ceremony tomorrow. The irony is that the award was earned during a deployment of the old 11th. So the only two people who were there while the award was being earned were our 2-star and his Command Sergeant Major. There will also be recognition of our civilian Family Readiness Group volunteers; the FRG at the 11th is a busy one.

I'm The Voice, which means I'm the MC. This is a task that often fell to electorprince when he was in Iraq since he has a voice like a nasal foghorn. I'm not a foghorn of course, but I sound kind of like a police siren, maybe. I know how to read in public, which makes the difference, and to E-nun-see-ate my words.

So I'm in the base hotel again. One of our Sergeants Major has taken over billeting arrangements and is insisting that Saturday night we will all be staying in the Best Western from now on. Last time I had my own room, so I'm hoping this trend continues. SPC Snippy Little Bitch got snippy with me about me being alone last month (there was no other female to room with me) but she can bite me because she lives nearby. The SGM is going to see about getting housing for those of us who live more than an hour away because the reg apparently says no reservist should leave home any earlier than 0600.

So after one more rehearsal of the script, I'm chilling in my room, drinking from a one-serving bottle of Sutter Home Cab. I had sushi for dinner at my usual spot down Seal Beach Blvd so all's well with the world so far.


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Dec. 5th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Hey, hey, you should be able to wear that award always and forever, since you are technically in the unit at the time of it's being awarded. Har har har. (I got that award that way! I never wore it, though.)
Dec. 5th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I don't think anyone cares what those fruit salads mean anyway.
Dec. 5th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)

It's just one more shiny thing for the uniform.
Dec. 7th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
oh so the award also goes to the individuals in the unit? I figured it was more like a trophy for the trophy room. Will the former members of the unit also be getting a ribbon?
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
It does, but it's worn on a different side of the dress uniform than the awards awarded to the service member themselves. (Also, to make this more confusing, if you are in a unit that has been awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation or other such unit award, you CAN wear it as long as you are in the unit, even if you weren't a part of it during the time it was awarded for or when it was awarded. However, you wouldn't be allowed to wear it for any official military photos, since it wouldn't be a permanent award. ETA: And you would have to stop wearing it upon leaving that unit.)

The former members would be allowed to wear it so long as they were in the unit at the time the award was given for (since they are no longer members now). It would show up on their records, if the office that deals with them is doing their job right.

Edited at 2010-12-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
oh cool...thanks for the explanation. So do the former members get to
show up for the ceremony too? Do they get to continue wearing the
ribbon permanently if they had been in the unit at the time the award
was earned?
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I suppose, if they really wanted to. (If they are still in the military, they may have to take leave to do such a thing, depending on the circumstances.) That, I don't really know, though, as I have never personally seen it happen.

Technically yes. This depends on how the unit itself handles that situation. The regulations support it, as far as I know, but many units get ticked if Soldiers who weren't there for what it is being awarded for getting the award simply for being in the unit during the time of it's being awarded.

When I was in the Army, I got a meritorious unit commendation because the battalion I was in on paper (very, very, very weird situation and not typical of the Army/military) was awarded it for their time in Iraq. The office on post that handles the ERBs (the record with all of your information - just remembered the acronym now!) started adding the award to ALL the Soldiers in that battalion at the time of the awarding, regardless of their presence in Iraq or presence in the battalion while it was in Iraq (not everyone deployed). They got to the last names that started with "P" by the time my brigade caught wind of it and put a stop to it. The office wasn't wrong in what they did, but the brigade felt it was wrong. I have a last name that starts with "B," so I ended up with one (though I never wore it).

I actually didn't know I had gotten it until I was looking at my ERB for something and saw it and had no idea what it was. My company's First Sergeant was among the last to receive one (and he, too, did not deploy with that battalion and was technically only a member of it on paper, we were not physically a part of the battalion).
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