Good Conduct Medal

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  1. EASis

    EASis Member

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    Quick question for anyone who may have been in the same situation or may know the answer...

    I am to be awarded my Good Cookie 5 days after induction day to the academy this year. Does anyone know if I will still be able to get that medal although already having received my DD-214? Any insight would help. It would suck that I made it three years and miss the mark by a few days.

    I also heard through the grapevine that there is a waiver process that happens where it is possible, I just don't know for sure.
     
  2. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    My guess is you would have to submit for the waiver. You were technically discharged and have a DD-214 that shows your service end date. A few days is a few days, unfortunately. Best option is to go talk to PersO or someone in admin that handles awards.
     
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  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

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    Agree with NavyHoops on checking with midshipmen personnel - just to be sure - however, my reading of the SECNAV Awards Manual is that there are no exceptions/waivers in your case since you are not going into "inactive duty." See 4-3 to 4-6 (https://awards.navy.mil/awards/webdoc01.nsf/7F58DF7CC7E11070852571F60065650B/$File/1650.1H.pdf).

     
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  4. MiddyB

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    I had a PS squad mate receive his GCM right after PS. I don't think he had signed his DD-214 yet, though.
     
  5. EASis

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    Wait so all I have to do is not sign my dd-214 for another 5 days then?
     
  6. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

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    Have you asked a PS or YN? They are probably best suited for this kind of question.
     
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  7. EASis

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    I asked the personnel officer or at least someone in that office and they told me about the waiver thing as well but I’d like to know if anyone actually ever did it and was successful
     
  8. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Never saw one submitted for a Good Conduct. The few waivers I saw for awards were all declined. Be surprised if this is waiverable as mentioned above. The date you swear into USNA you will change status regardless of when you sign something. Your date will be reflected in your paperwork. And even if a Plebe got his a few months, that is very normal for an award to take weeks to months to be processed and awarded.
     
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  9. EASis

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    Thank you guys for the information!

    Is there anyone currently at the academy or has graduated in recent years who has seen this happen? Or has been in a similar situation that can provide insight?
     
  10. USNACandidate2022

    USNACandidate2022 New Member

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    Nope, but once you figure out I'd like to know as well.