Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/good conduct medal

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I was enlisted in the Marines for 3 years active duty but got an early out, (1 1/2 months), to start a college semester.  I know the criteria for the GCM is three years but is there a waver for the good conduct medal for college early outs.

Answer
No.  This medal must be earned and it requires 3 full years to earn it..  Maybe you're eligible for some others.
A quick and easy way to check is to look at the medals and ribbons listed at Medals of America
on    http://www.medalsofamerica.com/   It's  a "medals for sale" site but it gives you a brief synopsis and the requirements for each.
Colonel Howell  

Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard

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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

Experience

Air Force Colonel with 30 years experience. Air Force Base Commander 4 times. Highly decorated.

Organizations
Org of Am Historians, Wild West History Assoc., Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Am Motorcyclist Assoc. - Life Member, North Am Hunt Club - Life Member, NWTF - Life Member

Publications
Numerous book reviews published in the Journal of American History. Two books submitted for publication. Co-Author of two more. Eisenhower memorial Library (interview with U.S. Presidential chaffeur

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

Awards and Honors
Legion of Merit, Defense MSM, 5 Meritous Service Medals,Joint Commendation Medal AF Commendation Medal Army Commendation Joint Achievement Medal AF Achievement Medal Outstanding Volunteer Medal Total of 33 Medals and 43 Ribbons

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