Yes that's a caveat to the 9 consecutive/11 cumulative rule. If your tour is cut short for reasons out of your control then you still qualify for the OSR i.e. troop reductions, medevaced out of theater etc.
Originally posted by erikwithak86: For a combat zone it's 9 months consecutive or 11 cumulative.
*edit - On the HRC website hit the Awards/Decorations drop down menu near the top left and the select Awards.
On the left hand side there is a link to Frequently Asked Questions. Click that link and there is an FAQ for the OSR. It will answer all your questions.
The 9 month 11 month thing does not count for Iraq and Afghanistan (read the FAQ and reg a little closer, but you were on the right track). There is no service time requirements for there. If you complete your tour (regardless of length), you get the OSR. That is based on everything I read. I can quote the applicable sections, but it would take a bit to pull it out. If someone disagrees, please feel free to tell me where in the reg it says different. Hope this helps out. There is a lot of confusion on this and frankly the reg is pretty ambiguous about this. It should be spelled out more clearly. Oh, as an example I have several Soldiers (including myself) who got an OSR for 5-7 month deployments to Afghanistan.
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Question 4: How long do I have to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan to be awarded the OSR? Answer 4: Overseas tour credit is outlined in AR 614-30. Provided below is a clarification statement the proponent to AR 614-30 has provided our office:
"Soldiers who serve a minimum of 11 cumulative months or 9 continuous months in a TCS/TDY status get credit for a completed short tour. Your reference is AR 614-30 (23 Sep 04), Table 3-2, rules 5 and 7. Iraq and Afghanistan are considered isolated areas where tour lengths have not been established by DOD; therefore, the Army gives equivalent credit for periods of TCS/TDY. Also, since there is no official established DOD tour length, Soldiers cannot serve in Iraq in PCS status. To determine the overseas tour lengths refer to Table 1, Appendix Q, Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR), Volume 1. You will not find a tour length for Afghanistan or Iraq."
Seems pretty clear cut to me. So if you have an OSR for 7 months in Afghanistan and unless the tour was ended prematurely for reason out of your control you shouldn't have one. Please show me where it says "regardless of length" when not referring to tours that were cut short.
No, I was serious, I wish I had about 5 NCO's that shot answers from regs like yourself, rather than from the hip, or because I said so. Whats worse is when maximum confidence is added and you have an NCO that spits continuously wrong info to subordinates.
Originally posted by Corvette1140: No, I was serious, I wish I had about 5 NCO's that shot answers from regs like yourself, rather than from the hip, or because I said so. Whats worse is when maximum confidence is added and you have an NCO that spits continuously wrong info to subordinates.
Ha thanks man, I get it wrong sometimes, but it's just because I remember it wrong or something. I try to keep up on regs, especially stuff like uniforms/awards because it's easy and it's stuff that applies to all soldiers.