Question: I recently had an Extended Tour Decoration written on me, and I stopped by my supervisor to check the status on it as it has been approximately three months since it has been submitted but it is still pending approval due to a Physical Training history review and analysis.
My question is, why is physical fitness becoming a deciding factor on if a member's decoration is approved or not. I have not seen any guidance or a policy letter that states that a member's PT should be considered in the process. If the guidance is out there would it be possible to receive a copy of it for future reference? Also, is this criteria standardized for other decoration requests such as permanent change of station, separation or retirement?
Answer: Thank you for your question. While I don't have the specifics of your situation, generally speaking, in keeping with the Air Force's whole person concept every aspect of a member's tenure (on/off duty conduct, upgrade graining, job proficiency, fitness, etc.) is considered when recommending him for a decoration. Decorations are not meant to serve as a reward for just meeting standards, per AFI 36-2803, Chapter 2, Paragraph 3.3, extended tour medals are awarded for "clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional service."
As far as the standard for all decorations, Awards and Decorations guidance restricts PCS, PCA and Extended Tour decoration recommendations based on meritorious service -- such as extended tour -- are based upon a completed period of service clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional service for an extended period of at least three years.
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