As the Pentagon wraps up a sweeping three-year review of valor medals awarded in conflicts after Sept. 11, 2001, officials are preparing to roll out a new policy designed to ensure acts of military heroism receive the full recognition they deserve.
Expected to be announced this month, the new policy will trigger an automatic review at the higher headquarters level within 120 days for any Silver Star or service cross not reviewed by the appropriate service secretary. This will help ensure that troops are not inadvertently approved for lesser awards than they deserve, said Patricia Mulcahy, the Pentagon’s director of Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management.
“The view is, at the highest levels is where you would see more of these higher-level awards,” Mulcahy told Military.com. “And at a lower level, there are so few folks that do get the highest level of recognition that they might not be as familiar with it from a command perspective. So we’re putting this additional review in.”