The Army’s Combat Action Badge (CAB) has long been regarded as a symbol of military honor, but it has come under fire in recent years for the military’s inability to recognize combat-related injuries.
Critics have said the Army has not taken adequate measures to determine whether the CAB is a valid credential for soldiers.
Last month, the Defense Department announced a new initiative to improve the process for veterans to get recognition for their military service.
As part of the new program, the Army will start collecting data on soldiers’ disability ratings, and it will provide a new award that includes both combat- and non-combat-related awards.
According to the Department of Defense, the CIB will help veterans who have lost a limb or a leg, or have suffered a concussion or other injury, and who are also eligible for the Combat Action Medals (CAMs).
However, critics have pointed out that the CUB will also recognize soldiers who have experienced a disability, including PTSD, that requires a separate award.
For example, a soldier who is a victim of rape or sexual assault may also be awarded a CUB, but not a CAB.
“I don’t think it’s a very fair system,” said Mark W. Todhunter, the executive director of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association, an advocacy group for veterans.
“When you get into awards for combat, it’s not necessarily what you’re awarded for.”
In recent years, the military has been working to improve its disability assessment processes.
In 2015, the Pentagon began requiring veterans to complete a form that requires them to provide documentation showing their combat injuries, and to complete an assessment that includes specific information about their disability.
The new process also includes new forms for veterans that will ask them to describe specific injuries, including ones that could cause a person to lose limbs or a whole body.
“The goal of the CDB is to make it more difficult for individuals to be denied the CGB for combat- related disabilities,” said Lt.
Col. Paul T. R. Smith, the head of the Army’s disability services branch.
The Pentagon has also said it will create a more robust process for determining how long an individual has served in the military.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report that found the military was failing to properly assess how often the CMBs were issued and that some veterans received the medals even though they had received other awards.
“We’re seeing that a lot of people have been denied the awards,” said Joe Glynn, a veteran of the Vietnam War who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“There are a lot more than two CABs that are not being awarded.”
The Pentagon also said that the new process will also include more rigorous reviews of the awards and an assessment of the reliability of the process.
However, some veterans have expressed concern that the Pentagon’s changes will not help their cases.
“It’s not fair to put people who are still fighting in the CQB to the same standard as the folks who were killed,” said Kevin Johnson, who served as an Army officer during the Vietnam war.
“You’ve got a bunch of guys who were shot at and blown up.
There’s not a lot to be said for a medal for someone who was hit by a car.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs has also struggled with the new CUB awards.
A new report released last month by the Government Accountability Office found that while some veterans were awarded the CUPs, the majority of CUBs were awarded to people who did not meet the criteria set out in the DOD report.
The report found that only about 10 percent of the recipients who received the CUEB were veterans.
A separate report released by the Department in September 2016 found that nearly a third of the DOD CUB medals were awarded on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information on the applications.
The OIG report also noted that many CUB-related veterans and their families had complained to the Office that the DOD system was broken and that the awards were denied.
“If you have a complaint, it should be addressed immediately,” said Todhunter.
“Otherwise, the VA will just say ‘yes, we have a problem.’ “