I have Air Force experience and each service differs. But NO the bronze star is not handed out like candy. Meritorious Service Medal, yes they are handed out much to often. Don't get me wrong, the paperwork on the MSM will sound like the man single handedly dropped every bomb on Baghdad during Gulf Storm but Senior NCO's get that medal for not f'ing up so to me it's a meaningless medal. NCO's get the commendation medal, I got one of those, for doing really nothing special but overall a good job in my tour in Alaska.
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