Posted by Smokey Stover on January 09, 2007
In Reply to: Good Conduct star posted by ESC on January 08, 2007
: : Could you tell me, what precisely is "Good Conduct star"? Getting at school or where?
: You can get a Good Conduct Medal in the U.S. Army.
: The Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM) was established by Executive Order 8809, 28 June 1941 and was ammended by Executive Order 9323, 1943 and by Executive Order 10444, 10 April 1953. It is awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service. It is awarded on a selective basis to each soldier who distinguishes himself or herself from among his or her fellow soldiers by their exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Federal military service, as outlined in this chapter. There is no right or entitlement to the medal until the immediate commander has approved the award and the award has been announced in permanent orders. See glossary for definition of "active Federal military service."
: And schoolchildren sometimes get gold, silver or red stars for good work, good department, etc.
Small gold stars made of paper (about a half-inch across, and often self-stick) have been present in American schools (and a few other places, like Sunday Schools) for so long that phrases like, "Do I get a gold star?" are a cliché, sometimes taking the form of, say, "You deserve a gold star," and many other uses, always referring to this tiny gold star handed out (or rather stuck on one's text) as a mark of excellence. (I should mention that piano teachers usually have some on hand.)
I've never known these little gold stars to be awarded for good behavior or good deportment, but it's possible.