No Free Fries With My Medal, Right?
February 16, 2012 1:21 PM Subscribe
Can soldiers in US accept awards/rewards beyond those within the military structure, such as cash rewards and such, for actions pursuant to their military duties? (I'd be interested in other Anglophile or closely-allied nations, too.)
posted by scaryblackdeath to Law & Government (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Once upon a time this was common. War heroes got all kinds of crazy toys, pensions and cash rewards in the 19th Century and on back. Does this sort of thing still fly today if offered? Are there express rules forbidding it? None of those SEALs who killed bin Laden received that bounty on him, right?
There's the old myth about the King of Saudi Arabia (or Kuwait) offering a cash reward of X dollars (the ludicrous sum varies) for every serviceman who served in the first Gulf War, but President Bush allegedly forbade it because US soldiers aren't mercenaries. Snopes doesn't seem to have an article proving it false, but it seems ridiculous to me.
Anyone know what the rules are like now?