Originally posted by erikwithak86:
You should rate three total. One for the last one there, and two for your first tour.
AR 670-1 para. 28-28 d. says this...
(13) One overseas service bar is authorized for each 6–month period of Federal service as a member of a U.S. Service participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the CENTCOM area of operations, or under the control of the Combatant Commander, CENTCOM, from 19 March 2003 to a date to be determined. The months of arrival to, and departure from the CENTCOM area of operations are counted as whole months.
I bolded the part that applies. Basically, it looks like you left on October 3rd. Even though you were only there for three days of that month, as far as Overseas Service Bars are concerned it counts as a full month. AR 670-1 hasn't been updated with New Dawn, but there's no reason to believe it won't stay the same.
Your S1 can change the block that says 17 to 18 as long as you have the info to back it up.
The days above show the amount of days you were deployed and assists with computing dwell time as well.
The amount of days that you served in theater were 138 days not 180 but from what Erik is showing; if you arrived in theater on the last day of May and left theater on the first day of October; that will count as six months; even though I am still leary to believe that was the case. 138 days are 42 days (42 days is almost one month and a half) short of 180 and that is why I said you did not even have 5 good months. I could of accept that third bar if you were heading to your 6 month instead but you did not even go into your 5 month of deployment. You just did 4.5 months of deployment. I know the regs differ in many aspects of deployment awards and pays so this is a good area of focus. Pay has changed in which I use to get the who month of hazardous duty pay even if I served one day for the month but now everything is pro-rated. We had Soldiers leave theater much earlier than 9 months and they do not earn the OSR for their deployment that is why I feel a clear memo from your S1 will let you know what you earned for your deployment.
This is what I received from my S1 on my last two deployments and this is why I said; this will confirm as to what you rate on your uniform. And I do not think that S1 cannot manipulate 17 to 18 if you were not in theater for 18 months. That has nothing to do with linking with oversea service bars computation.
This is the one I received recently in which I was in theater for more than 260 since I was stuck in Manas longer than I should
I have 5 and not even looking for a three-month deployment so I can pay money to put 6 on my uniform.
But the memorandums that I was given; provides the documentation on what I rate to wear on my uniform.