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This morning I decided to take my family out to breakfast for Veterans Day. Locally, many restaurants offer discounts or even free entrees to veterans in honor of their service. Near my home is an IHOP so I went online to check for any Veterans Day discount on their Facebook page. I didn't find any advertised Veterans Day deals, but what I did find was discouraging.

Hundreds of people were complaining that IHOP was disrespecting veterans because they were not offering a Veterans Day discount. Over and over I read some variation on pledges to never eating at IHOP again, claims of un-American or unpatriotic behavior on IHOP's part, or calls for boycotting them. This is all aside from the fact that most IHOPs  offer a 10% discount to military everyday of the year.

To me it all seemed like a whole lot of unprofessional entitlement whining from people claiming to be veterans. I am ashamed that fellow veterans could act so childish. It makes me feel honored when I am recognized for my service, but I joined an all volunteer Army and I don't feel anyone owes me anything extra. The attitude of entitlement does not look good in uniform and ruins the gratitude the public shows us on a regular basis.

So what are your thoughts? Should veterans feel disrespected because they are not offered free or discounted meals for their service?
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If you could take ONE part of AR 670-1 out of the regulation what would it be?
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Had an interesting moment where in a soldier had me direct dial his BN CMD while correcting him about him wearing black lipstick, earrings, finger jewlery and ripped pants.

The CMD informed me I needed to read the regulations, which I have done so.

As far as I've read and know, there has been no update that allows male soldiers to wear this off-duty while on post.
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asking to find out what i'm going to be facing in basic (again) but this time in a different branch. if it is possible to maintain rank, what paperwork or process would i need to go through to do so?
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For Instance:

"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think"
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Do you think more or less of a commander if they get the maximum score possible on their APFT (or whatever test your respective service takes)? During my enlisted days I don't think I ever had a commander who was a PT stud. If I had a commander who couldn't pass a PT test I might honestly think less of them, but I don't know if they really need to blow it out of the water. Thoughts?
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http://www.today.com/kindness/tough-nails-vietnam-veteran-gives-kidney-save-his-war-buddys-t57316

Did you hear about Tough-as-nails Vietnam veteran giving a kidney to save his war buddy's life? (Click the link above for the full story)

Good news story about what it really means to bond with a fellow veteran for life!

RP Members do you hold that bond with a fellow veteran and would you make this type of sacrifice? Think hard and search deep!

They say the bonds you make with your fellow soldiers in war last a lifetime — and John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner know about that bond all too well.

Their friendship began in March 1968 at Fort Carson, Colorado, and is still going strong today.

So strong that when Warner's kidneys failed after he had open heart surgery, Middaugh stepped in to donate his kidney to his beloved Vietnam buddy.
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Marines, as I'm sure many are aware, the general consensus in our enlisted corps is that a Marine has a 30 day Grace period immediately following promotion, to have their new rank insignia sewn onto their uniforms. Is this written anywhere? My colleagues and I have scoured MCO P1020.34g, and several supporting documents to no avail.
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If the man at the top may be unstable - then the White House is likely to exhibit some instability - as well as some efforts by the White House staff - who are normal infighters - to undermine and replace the man at the top. The problem, however, is how to accomplish regime change (the replacement of a mentally unstable incumbent with another member of the ruling political party) within the very strict confines of the United States Constitution - and within the constraint of maintaining the full faith and confidence of the citizens. Time to bring Mike Pence up to bat.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-mental-health-new-york-times-incapable-being-president-warning-open-letter-a7578831.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/opinion/mental-health-professionals-warn-about-trump.html

http://www.lancedodes.com/new-york-times-letter
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I have this weird fascination of being the "jack of all trades" as a civilian i did things from cosmetology, to truck driving and allot in between. I recently just swore into into DEP (army) and already making plans to see if I can cross train into other MOS fields and eventually after my contract to other branches (USMC? Navy? Air Force)

Anyone here serve in 2 or more branches? Any tips?
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I had a debate today about the hypothetical that if the President of the United States broke a law on a Military Base, would the MPs be able to touch him and have jurisdiction over him? Of course I said yes, due to him being on a Military installation. But quite a few said no, because his secret service wouldn't allow it? Curious if anyone knows any actual facts to something like this happening?
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Im really just looking to see if all corrections environments are the same as the state prison I work at.

Are your supervisors and safety & security team doing what you think they should be when it comes to the safety and security of the instutution, employees and inmates?

I know everyone has that frame of mind who cares about the inmates, they killed their mom, or raped their neighbor. but we all know we have to maintain their safety as well.

Do your supervisors handle inmates assigned locations properly? Are there known conflicting gang issues housed together? Are there suicidals being left untreated or unwatched? Do inmates go to solitary confinement when they should or is it blown off?

I wonder because just a few weeks ago, I was running a pod housing 159 inmates alone. It came count time, every inmate in their cell for 100% accountability. I made my first round counting, had all accounted for, I went back through to finish my lock check and verify my count before calling it in. I come up one short the second time. I sighed thinking I miscounted, so I went back through each cell, opened every door and had every inmate stand so I could count. Each cell I wrote down on paper to add up so I knew I didnt miscount.

The third time, all was accounted for. I was happy then. Called in to operations to give them my count. It was good.

Later in the day, as I got relieved in the pod, I went over my security footage in pod as I do every day before I went home. It come count time on camera and I noticed after my first count, an inmate popped his door open and left his cell. These pods are huge so you cant always hear everything. I seen myself do my second count, he was still out. After I passed his door, he popped it again, resecured his door and went in.

After this footage I went in, pulled him and his celly out and searched the cell. Found nothing, and I tore that cell up. So I went ahead and wrote an incident statement, a disciplinary report, and pulled the tape and secured it to a chain of ecudence form and turned it in. He never got put in the hole; because the shift supervisor didnt want to move him. According to policy, thats an automatic trip to the hole for tampering with a security device. He could have just as easily popped that door and come after me. They still refused to lock him up. This is not an isolated incident. This kind of thing happens often throughout the compound that houses 1800 inmates.

Anyone else run into issues like this?
I love my job, but I want to come home everyday too. Now that inmate knows he can pop his door and get away with it.
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We used to be a FIGHTING force. An awesome world power who's men were the tip of the spear. We were seen as warriors. "Soldier" meant something. They were rough, thick skinned, and ready to sacrifice it all. Today, the military's policy of accommodation can be seen as appeasement. We are no longer building character, shaping discipline, or instilling within our troops respect for self and others. We have a massive new generation of young men and women who believe that they are special, that their voice and feelings supersedes policy, instruction, and the orders of superiors.

**Many of us can see the military hierarchy starting to crumble from the bottom up; admittedly because we are not properly enforcing the standards from the top down..**

Is it time to change? Time for a leader to step up and say, "enough is enough" and regardless of the push back and how "PC America" views our training, again start shaping the SOFT male and female civilians into hard, disciplined war fighters? I want a young service member who can take getting yelled at and turn that into motivation instead of the same service member who runs and cries to the Chaplain because of how mean his NCO is and proceeds to have a total breakdown.

We need to remind ourselves just what the military is and why we are getting paid. We are war fighters; not politicians. We'd like to think the men and women beside us, from infantry to admin would stand ready to pick up their weapon and run into the fire of battle, but the truth of the matter is, most of our force today would more likely cower and reach for the first white flag they could find. As Ronald Reagan said, "many of our people would rather live on their knees than die on their feet - and there in lies the road to war, because their voices do not speak for the rest of us." Instead of passing everyone through basic, instead of looking for a force solely based on numbers, my belief is we need to weed out the weak and only pass those deserving to wear the title of Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman.

Stop being afraid of hurting people's feelings and accepting their version of what is "fair". This is the military. Not everyone should be given a participation trophy. In war, people die. Life is not fair. Our ROEs ensure that the enemy has the greatest advantage and puts our men and women at the greatest risk. We protect ourselves from political backlash at the cost of brave men and women's lives.

Again we need to remind ourselves just who we are, what we are getting paid to do, and what type of person we want standing to the right and left of us. Just because it's not what "PC America" wants it to be, doesn't mean it's wrong. There is no "fair" in war. The military is not a social experiment and should not be treated like one. It is not an all inclusive club. Enforce the standard.
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I just transferred from national guard to Active duty and I just spent the last 3 weeks in Missouri inproccesing into active duty. I have a pov sitting in my home state that I need here In Alaska so I have no way of getting to the nearest port for the Army to ship it. Would it be possible to be put on leave to retrieve my vehicle?
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