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Reservists Refusing to Accept Campaign Ribbons for Lebanon War

April 15, 1983
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“Thousands of army reservists” have signed a petition expressing their refusal to accept campaign ribbons for the war in Lebanon, an ad hoc group called “Le’ot” (No to Campaign Ribbons) claimed today. The organization said that none of the signatories is presently on active duty.

But a reserve sergeant who refused to accept his ribbon at an army presentation ceremony last week was sentenced to 10 days’ imprisonment and reduced to the ranks by a military court martial. The Le’ot group has asked the Attorney General to rule on whether it was a soldier’s right or duty to accept a campaign ribbon. If it is a right, refusal is not a punishable offense, they say.

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