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Had this discussion with my wife recently. What does the RP community foresee will happen to the US pending the outcome of the coming Presidential Election? Also, what does this mean for service members? Are we going to see a mass exodus of people separating? Looking at this from a practical, social, and economic view both Mil and Civ wise.
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I didn't feel a combat patch was a big deal, since I was just doing the same thing deployed as if I was stateside. I never saw 'combat' like infantry units. I was maintenance. Am I the only one?
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Did your military experience influence your thinking about war or about the military in general?

RP Members share your thoughts about how you felt after serving in wartime or peacetime and how you felt about the military after you retired or left the service?

For me, it made me a very humble human being and made even more thankful for the country I was born in and the freedom we enjoy!
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I spent 6 years in the Navy then left and went to a PAC-12 school and graduated with a Finance degree with a 3.5gpa. I received my bachelors when I was 31. Now I am 33 and want to do Army ROTC. Can I go get a MBA and enter Army ROTC?
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Hezbollah forces taking back Ramadi in late 2015. Hezzbollah flags on M1a1s that we sold to Iraq.This is a terrorist group sponsored by Iran. I wonder how many Abrams tanks are in Iranian hands now? Some that were with ISIL we destroyed. disgusting! http://www.military.com/video/operations-and-strategy/terrorism/hezbollah-brigades-in-ramadi/ [login to see] 001
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I just became a specialist and I know that the next step is E-5. I wanted to start tackling some stuff that I will need later on and someone mentioned promotion points. How does that work? Where do I start? I already completed SSD1. My PSG at AIT made us complete them there which I'm glad he did. I pride myself in knowing I like to be ahead of the game and any insight that you guys can shed would be awesome. Thank you in advance.
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I have at times personally witnessed the "Good ole Boys Club". The only thing I've learned from it is that "it sucks not to be in the 'God Ole Boys Club'". I only know this by never being offered membership. I've felt at times that I will not get any special considerations, such as promotion, duty position or schooling because I've never fit any particular group.
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I work as a medic in an army hospital. I am a specialist (p) that has been put into an E-6 / Shift Leader Position. I work side by side army officers each and every day. These officers are the nurses and doctors around me. I respect them as officers and always address them as sir or maam.
The other day I was sitting at a computer station with one of my brand new soldiers. The department was basically empty, about 5 patients. I was showing this soldier the computer system that we used to chart patient records. An army nurse, whom has the rank as a captain, comes around the corner and says "Hey, how about instead of sitting around and doing nothing, you go stock the empty blanket warmers, oh and, some of my carts are empty, and you should stalk those as well." In a completely disrespectful tone and along with agressive body langauage. We immediately stood up, and made our way to stocking blankets. I pulled the officer aside, one on one, away from everyone else, and as the shift leader i said "excuse me maam, can you instead of saying (what was said above) can you please treat me and my soldiers with respect and instead say "hey the blanket warmers are empty" or something like that, and we would have jumped up and done it without a problem. Her response was "you realize I am a captain and you are a specialist". My response was "yes, but you have to realize that i am acting as the shift leader and asking you to please treat me and my soldiers with respect in the future". Her responds was that she should put me at the position of attention.
I have spoken to my leadership... My SFC on three seperate occasions over the span of 9 months that the nurses have been treating the medics with disrespect.
I have written a patient safety report stating that patient care is suffering because the nurses are not willing to pick up some of thr slack when we are busy
I have spoken to the LTC in charge of the nurses, and her civilian counterpart about this, and that all I want is to be treated with some respect and dignity.
I feel like i have exausted all my avenues. What do I do? Do I go to the hospital commander and ask him for advice? Am I completely wrong in this situation, and just need to suck it up and drive on? All i am asking for is some respect and appreciations for me and my soldiers. Olease any advice would be great.
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As Leaders, I want to know how this "New Army" shenanigans has affected you.. and let me apologize if im not using the correct term, affected, or effected, though im sure it is affected.

On to the moral of this matter, how has this changed how your subordinates acted towards you as a leader?

Let me start by saying I am a new Sergeant. Coming up through my 7 years of service, i have been physically disciplined through "smoke sessions". I ask because I recently had a PFC to say something out of the way to me. The PFC and I were talking business, he is a SAMS clerk, we were discussing vehicles out for repairs. He remained seated while speaking, which of course I dont mind, but then 1SG entered the room, and spoke to the PFC. He continued sitting in his response. This is a new 1SG so it was not a situation of the PFC knowing him and that the 1SG was fine with him relaxing. Anyway, when the 1SG entered the room, I explained to the PFC that he is to stand at parade rest when speaking to the 1SG l, especially one we did not know yet. He mouthed a little. I then asked if he was on a profile in which he responded yes. I then asked if he had the paper and if it prevented him from doing cherry pickers. He then said to me, and I quote, "Sergeant, this is the New Army, smoking is not allowed anymore, thats what paperwork is for." This guy is a long time PFC with no chance of promotion anytime soon.

How would you handle this? Anyine have similar stories, and what was the outcome?
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Army/AF guys and gals, look familiar?
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Which one are you or are you double stacked? In your opinion, which one is more prestigious than the other?
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A Tale of Two Cities (See Picture Above) Double click on it to read!

Here is an update for all you 2nd Amendment Gun enthusiast with a little sarcasm added!

Does Concealed Carrying States make a difference in crime?

Beside the sarcasm above what are your thoughts? Professional Responses Please
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What did you do when on leave from the combat zone?

Share some pictures of your leave when you served in OIF or OEF or other combat zones (Vietnam or Korea)?

I spent 18 days traveling through Germany, Italy, and Greece! Pictures attached
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It took five years for the Navy to diagnose my bulging disk. Instead, they kept giving me Motrin and stretching assignments (really!). I often had to wait for over a month to get an appointment or months to get MRIs, aptt with my surgeon, and many more that I can write a book about it. God forbid I needed pain killers because that's a no no in the military medical world. Suck it Marine!
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I was doing professional reading and came across a question from a now retired COL who would ask his Senior NCOs. He would use this to improve the units in his command. Below is the situation he would put his SNCOs in.

"Suppose the Chief of Staff of the Army asked you what he could do to improve the combat effectiveness of the Army without requiring more money or more soldiers what would you say?"

What would you recommend or develop? How would you improve the Army? Seeing how the funding in the Army is getting smaller we should still try to improve our combat effectiveness and our overall professionalism. It doesn't have to be just about fighting wars. It can be about the Army or Military as a whole. If you have an idea have you tried to implement at your level? Why did that come out?

*Bonus question-Who was the retired COL that asked this or the book it was in?
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