Sgt. 1st Class Steven Janotta recently shared his idea for a retirement medal with the readers of Army Times, and he’s since garnered thousands of supporters. Now one soldier has gone so far as to lobby the commander-in-chief himself.
On Feb. 5, a White House petition was created compelling President Obama to consider instituting a retirement medal. The petition (which has a LONG way to go to reach the 100,000-signature threshold for actual consideration) states:
“If a Soldier continued faithful service for at least two decades or more to the US Army; then, their service and this significant event should be recognized in the same light of day as medals awards for achievement or commendation at the successful completion of a tour of duty; the only difference being this award would be a culmination of decades of successful tours of duty around the world.”
The petition, as of Monday afternoon, had only garnered 32 signatures. It needs 99,968 by March 7 to get a response from the White House.
The retirement medal has attracted a fair number of supporters, based on feedback on Army Times’ Facebook page and emails sent to Army Times editors and Janotta himself. It also, of course, has its fair share of detractors.
So, what do you think? Will you sign the petition?