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Afghanistan Campaign Medal variations?


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KevinBeyer

Can anyone help me understand the significance between the two sizes and slightly different designs of these two Afghanistan Campaign Medals?

 

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The first generation of Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals used an incorrect specification and were too large. This was eventually corrected and they are now the smaller size that is typical for a campaign medal. 

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KevinBeyer

Thanks, Kadet and m1903!

 

It's interesting to me that this kind of specification would go unnoticed prior to production.  I would have expected the size difference would have stuck out like a sore thumb to the people who make honors for a living.

 

Are the larger sized medals, harder to come by?  Is there any sense of rarity of one versus the other?

 

Thanks again for your responses.  I learned something today!

 

Kevin

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CNY Militaria

Fun fact, as an Afghanistan veteran circa 2011, I was never issued one of these and was told that I’d have to go to the PX to buy one if I really wanted it. It was not until I left the military and requested my medals  from the Government that I was given one. 

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postmanusnac

I never knew there was a difference. I’ll have to look at mine.

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decwriter
2 hours ago, CNY Militaria said:

Fun fact, as an Afghanistan veteran circa 2011, I was never issued one of these and was told that I’d have to go to the PX to buy one if I really wanted it. It was not until I left the military and requested my medals  from the Government that I was given one. 

Someone wasn’t doing their job as it’s just a matter of ordering the medals by National Stock Number and making sure they were issued to the people who deployed. Anyway, I’m glad you finally got it.

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