The Defense Department is planning to effectively transition the military out of a wartime posture
following the official conclusion of combat operations in Iraq and the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan.
Which means that on December 31, the National Defense Service Medal will once again enter retirement.
All soldiers serving after 9/11 have been authorised to wear the honour,
colloquially known as the "pizza stain," on their uniforms.
won't be given out following first training for the foreseeable future.
In a memo dated August 30 and signed, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrote: "2001".