http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20050407-2441.html New Campaign Medals being made for our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the DOD, and I quote: "The Department of Defense announced today the creation of two campaign medals for Afghanistan and Iraq. Presidential Executive Order 13363 established the Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals to recognize members, who made specific sacrifices and significant contributions in these areas of operation. Service members authorized the Afghanistan Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom on or after Oct. 24, 2001, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of the operation. The area of eligibility encompasses all land areas of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land. Those authorized the Iraq Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on or after March 19, 2003, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of the operation. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq, and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles." End quote. If you have receiver the GWOT Expeditionary Medal for service in Iraq or Afghanistan you may be autorized to received either medal and retain your GWOTEM. I quote: "Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reasons of service between Oct. 24, 2001, and April 30, 2005, in an area for which the Afghanistan Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized and between March 19, 2003, and Feb. 28, 2005, in an area for which the Iraq Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized, shall remain qualified for that medal." End quote. I strongly suggest you read the whole report since it seems that not everyone qualifies for the medal; it seems that unless you had "boots on the ground" in Iraq or Afghanistan itself, you don't get to qualify for any of these two medals.