Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Chest candy doesn't come as easy as it used to...

Great article by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. over at GovExec.com about military awards and how the numbers have slipped in Iraq II: Medals for military valor rarely in the spotlight.

From the article:
To a civilian, the "ribbon rack" on a dress uniform is at once impressive and unintelligible, like poetry in a foreign language. To the discerning military eye, however, those decorations spell out a coded message with the wordless precision of signal flags.

"You can have someone walk into a room in uniform, and to a civilian he looks like Idi Amin, festooned with 'fruit salad' everywhere," said Bruce Gudmundsson, a retired Marine major who is a military historian. "But the cognoscenti look at that and say, 'Aha, this guy has never seen a shot fired in anger.' Another guy might be wearing only a couple of decorations, but you look at those and go, 'Wow.'"
And the SAT word for today is cognoscenti, which means people who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field. Right; you knew that; got it.

Anyway, read the article and learn a bit; even those in uniform will pick up a tidbit or two, I'm sure.

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