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Sunday 20 April 2014

Cyber warriors get their own medal

US drone pilots will be eligible for a special medal

A new military medal for cyber troops who operate via computers and video screens, sometimes thousands of miles from the front line, is being introduced by the US.

Defence officials said the Pentagon wanted an award for those who have a direct impact on combat operations but do it from afar.

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation. Unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient to risk his or her life.

The medal is a recognition of the evolving 21st Century warfare where troops fight wars from computers and video screens. The medal could go to service members who never set foot in a combat zone, but launch drone strikes or cyber attacks that can kill or disable an enemy.

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