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October 18, 2005

They Also Serve...

...who only stand and say, "Next slide, please." Or so it seems.

Long-time (like, since before last Monday) readers will just might recall me snarking John about the difference between an RLO (Real, Live Ossifer) and a Warrant and the ensuing counterbattery fire I drew from all the current-and-former RLOs in the 'sphere.

A continuation on the theme...

One of the occasional chores common to both RLOs and Warrants is The Briefing. One of my 30-minute classes usually consisted of presenting five flip-charts, talking for 20 minutes, then stating something like, "If there are no questions on Why Retreating Blade Stall Is Not Your Friend, be back in your seats in 10 minutes."

Heh. The RLOs have it a tad rougher.

Two words: General. Officers.

For the purposes of the rest of the post, we'll consider John, CPT JMH, Lex and Midshipman Mudpuppy Commander Salamander as Honorary Warrants. Although I have no doubt that they can *relate* to the following...

News Update: Army Unveils New RLO Award

Subject: Combat Briefing Badge (CBB)

Recognizing the need for an award for troops assigned to headquarters units during combat operations, the Army today announced the approval of the Combat Briefing Badge, or CBB.

"People don't realize that being in a major headquarters can be just as stressful as going on patrols or convoys," said MAJ John Remf. "When you're briefing that
many General Officers, your career can end in a heartbeat. And it can happen to anyone at any time, not just combat arms soldiers."

DoD statistics note that CSS personnel are more likely to suffer career-ending incidents in rear areas than Combat Arms Soldiers. "This award just reflects that reality," said Pentagon spokesman LTC Roger Pogue.

The award ranks in precedence below the CIB and CAB, but above the EIB and PowerPoint Ranger tab.

The criteria for the award is still under discussion, but preliminary guidance authorizes the award for 30 days of continuous briefings of officers at least two grades higher than the briefer without incident while serving in a theater of operations in which the awardee is eligible for hostile fire and hazardous duty pay.

H/t Vulture 29