Stars and Stripes’ Rumor Doctor(the U.S. military has just about as many rumors as it does secrets, and believe me — the rumors tend to be more interesting) Jeff Schogol was told that the military doesn’t award secret commendations. Does that mean the SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden — in addition to not being able to boast of their history-making hit — won’t get Napoleon’s “bit of colored ribbon”?
Rest easy, SEAL groupies:
Military awards can in fact be classified, trusted Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez told The Rumor Doctor. The department prohibits the release of award citations that would compromise national security, ongoing operations or overall security.