You Can Get 5-Point Veteran’s Preference for the KDSM
“The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would like to remind Federal agencies that anyone in receipt of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (for service in Operation Enduring Freedom), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Medal, or the Korea Defense Service Medal is entitled to veterans’ preference if otherwise eligible.
Veterans’ preference is authorized under 5 U.S.C. 2108 for individuals who served on active duty, under honorable conditions in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge qualifies for preference. Medal holders must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.
Employees who wish to claim veterans’ preference or service credit based on receipt of these medals should submit official documentation showing the award of the appropriate medal to their Human Resources Office.
OPM has updated Appendix A of VetGuide (http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#2Types) accordingly, to ensure human resources specialists have the most current veterans guidance available:” US Office of Personnel Management
Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)
The Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM) was authorized by Section 543, National Defense Authorization Act, 2003. It is authorized for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have served on active duty in support of the defense of the Republic of Korea.
Obverse:The four-clawed dragon is a traditional symbol of Korea and represents intelligence and strength of purpose. The sprig of laurel denotes honorable endeavor and victory, the bamboo refers to the land of Korea.
Reverse: The swords placed saltire wise over a map of Korea signify defense of freedom in that country and the readiness to engage in combat to that end. The circlet enclosing the device recalls the form of five-petal symbols common in Korean armory.
(Easy Steps to Get the KDSM and Cold War Recognition Certificate Here)
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