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Cyber warriors get their own medal

Published 13/02/2013 | 17:42

US drone pilots will be eligible for a special 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.

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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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