The Pentagon is expected to consider soon whether more than 1,000 service members should have their valor awards upgraded to higher levels. This is the result of a broad review that also is expected to lead to the creation of new decorations to recognize significant contributions carried out in combat and remotely through unmanned aircraft and other military technology. The Secretary of Defense will also authorize the review of all award nominations for all service members who were recommended for the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and the Medal of Honor. He is also expected to authorize several policy changes to speed up the process by which heroism is recognized. There may also be the creation of a 'C' device to denote meritorious service in combat, which will go to service members who earn awards below the Bronze Star.
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