The new medal is reported to be between the bronze and silver stars in “merit”. I have a problem with that. At the same time, a bronze WIThOUT “V device”, was granted to almost every officer in ‘Nam, for getting out of bed two days in a row on time. Enlisted had to do a lot more, as they weren’t building “careers”. That “V device” makes all the difference, as that “valor” means the recipient actually had to do something requiring courage, or being in the wrong place at the right time.
Piloting a drone is in no way comparable to being a guy in the field doing “long rifle work”. While there is psychological risk, the physical, and far greater psychological risk, in nothing by comparison. Talk to some B-52 pilots, and get a better comparison