Originally Posted by qballenko
Yeah on my last deployment if you were E7 or above automatic bronze star.
Not to worry, they're getting Bronze Stars for meritorious service, not for outstanding achievement.
The meritorious service Stars are basically combat zone commendation medals. Do your time, do a good job, if you're E-7 or above you'll get one. that is the unwritten rule, at least. these medals help promotion chances of sgts that deploy into the AOR. sgts that don't deploy don't get the points.
The outstanding achievement Bronze Star medal is for "heroic" actions. Also, look for the "V" valor device on that medal.
The license plates are kick ass, btw. Cool you put in all that time to make that picture... Didn't want to completely hijack the thread