WASHINGTON (CNN) — Thousands of U.S. Troops deployed on the Mexican border will be awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal.
That’s what the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. The medal is given to service members who participate in a significant military operation but do not face armed combat.
The troops were sent to the Border in April 2018 and their mission originally did not involve any direct contact with migrants crossing from Mexico.
However, military members now do conduct what’s described as “welfare checks” on migrants, which raised questions about their role in the area.
There are currently about 2,600 National Guard members on the Border, plus around 2,900 active-duty troops.