■in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal
How is it any different then people that deployed to Afghanistan and spent 8 months behind the wire and never even remotely came close to an armed presence? People deployed to Afghanistan and had very different tours. Some people spent alot of time outside the wire....and I know some people that were in a nice tent the whole time and spent their tour playing Xbox and WoW. The GCS is not just for Land tours and people need to stop minimizing it. 8 1/2 mths away from home and family is a very long time. If the Military deems that you meet the criteria and want to recognize it...then so be it. I can't speak for anyone else....but I didn't deploy just to get a Medal. I thought it was great to do something different, visit some different countries and do my job and apply my knowledge in an operational deployment. And if I would have done a Land tour instead of a Sea tour...I still would've been happy.