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If you were a recruiter, what would your angle be?
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These are great lies that Soldiers tell their loved ones while in combat. They article has pictures too.

1. “No, we never go outside the wire.” (or “We go on tons of missions.”)
2. “It’s boring here.”
3. “They feed us pretty well.”
4. “I eat healthy snacks.”
5. “I’m learning a lot.”
6. “I couldn’t call because of all the work.”
7. “Our rooms aren’t too bad.”
8. “That’s not machine-gun fire; it’s a jackhammer.”
9. “I’m going to pay off my cards and put some money away for retirement."


http://undertheradar.military.com/2015/05/9-lies-soldiers-tell-their-loved-ones-while-in-combat/
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I can't help to hear most other branches (MOSs) claim to be just like the Infantry. I had the worst experience of this when dealing with MPs. Many receive combat training and feel like they are pretty much infantry and go about claiming they are pretty much the same.

I have a serious issue with this for many reasons. I am Infantry but I am not taking anything away from other soldiers. But it seems like they want to be something else than what they are. So they claim they do their job and can do infantry also. I would often ask them the Principles of Patroling or how to set up a Platoon Patrol Base just wait for the blank stares. I might as well be speaking Greek. Those are infantry tasks. What they learned were soldiers skills and common tasks, not infantry training. I can set up a radio but that does not make me Signal. I still need that Signal soldier. Defending yourself or your base is not primarily an infantry task.

Now along with other branches of the military we each have our role. I, as an infantry officer, need MPs to process detainees and Quartermasters to supply me with gear. I am not the Army. I am the Infantry. Together we are the Army and not an Army of one. Just so in case if anyone is wondering all of these pictures are US Army Infantry and are 11Bs. They show the diversity of the Infantry and their capabilities.

What are your experience with this in your MOS, just not infantry? Are you pretty much infantry?

(Now for some humor. Two officers were talking about their branch training. One was an Infantry officer and the other was an Armor officer. The Armor officer was telling the Infantry officer about his Infantry phase of his training and how he could do his job. Without missing a beat the Infantry officer says to the Armor officer "We also have an Armor phase in our training. We call it the Weekend."
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I'm sure most of us have thought of what we'd like to say to the President. If you had the opportunity, what would that advice be? UPDATE: 27 May 2015 The original question was intended to be directed at "a" sitting President, not necessarily, President Obama. I know it has taken that direction, but if you could, let's try to avoid the finger pointing.

I would suggest to the President that he/she surround himself with competent, grounded and respected individuals. He/She should heed the advice of his/her advisors. And don't surround yourself with yes men/women.

SFC Mark Merino GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad SSG (Join to see) PV2 (Join to see) Sgt David G Duchesneau SFC William Farrell LTC (Join to see) Sgt Richard Buckner SFC (Join to see)
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It could happen under the Senate's version of the NDAA.

One thought process is that they only "need" one BAH since they only live in one house. Another is that it would unfairly reduce the junior members total compensation compared to single or mil/civ peers.

Discuss!

http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2015/05/dual-service-couples-could-see-housing-allowances-slashed/
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I have noticed through the years of being in the Air Force (Security Forces member here) that most people in the Air Force are clueless when it comes to M-4/M-16/M-9. This is outrageous! What are they supposed to do if the enemy comes knocking on our door step and everyone needs to fight. I have taught classes on the M-4 with communication airmen and have seen them completely mess up clearing out the weapon, loading it (magazine upside down or rounds the wrong way), and just completely incapable of achieving a zero on target after four rounds of firing. I am a big fan of how the Army and Marines teach that your are always a rifleman first. It almost seems like some of the Airmen don't expect to carry a weapon (ummmm why did you join the military in the first place)? I wish the Air Force would pick up on this to make us a more combat ready force. But, enough of me what are your thoughts?
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The combat paper is made from military uniforms that are cut up by the veterans who wore them and then turned into pulp by adding water and using a pulverizing machine. The fabric pulp slurry is put through a screen press and dried into sheets of paper, which can be used to create all kinds of art.

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/28/news/hancock/veterans-use-uniforms-to-make-art-tell-their-stories/
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I've been at my current duty station for 3 years. I haven't earned any kind of award. I'm at a loss because I give 100% just about everyday, sometimes more. I have cross trained in two MOS's and went out of my way to learn beyond what the mission required. I even trained my supervisor on my MOS after being out of it for a year and 1/2. I know I'm prone to voicing my negativity (which doesn't help), but I give a lot of my personal time to be sure the mission is complete, and even help put the section ahead.
I am currently cross-training as a 92Y and the SSG I'm working under has acknowledged the extra effort I've put in to learning and working.
I want to know if I ask him to write me an award at the end of the mission would it be viewed negatively or will it show I'm trying to take my career in my own hands?
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During your High School career, what would you class yourself as?

I hung out with everyone, and didn't have any specific group that didn't know who I was or disliked me. Or at least, they never showed it. The "Mean Girls" may have made fun of me behind my back without me knowing, it is quite possible.

I played on the high school sports teams (hockey, volleyball, badminton), I was in the school's production of Grease, I was part of the scholastic trivia team, and I was on the Prom Committee, even though I didn't go to prom.

So, all in all, I was a Social Butterfly. Or at least, that is what I think I was.


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I would love to hear from SSG (Join to see), SGT Veronica Fulgham - Blais SGM (Join to see) GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad SFC Mark Merino and CPT (Join to see)
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I personally don't agree with Rand Paul on this assessment. IMO he's floundering due to his own handling of his race to date and is trying to make a move to his natural Libertarian political leanings. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Interesting comments to say the least.


http://nypost.com/2015/05/27/rand-paul-says-gop-hawks-created-isis/

Sgt David G Duchesneau SFC Mark Merino Sgt Richard Buckner LTC (Join to see) SSG (Join to see) MAJ Ken Landgren SFC (Join to see) LTC Bink Romanick SGT Anthony Bussing SPC (Join to see) LCpl Mark Lefler CW5 (Join to see) MAJ (Join to see) SSG Carlos Madden
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Very BLUF. I understand everything in this rant, not sure i agree with all of it... What are your thoughts? http://www.oafnation.com/hitter-feed/2015/4/28/misery-loves-company-veteran-downer-syndrome
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No news yet on the 8 women who remain, but it appears the Army will provide the an update today... Friday. And, according to the CSA, we have more pilots in the making. He seems set on standards, which is good, but I believe we need look at the MOS and branches currently closed, not just a school any MOS can attend. Again, I think the pilot is in the wrong place. This should be centered around traditional combat arms MOSs and schools.

"We'll probably run a couple more pilots," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno during a breakfast meeting with reporters. "It's been a real success for us, and we'll see how it goes from there."

Odierno said the standards for Ranger School will not change.

"We've set standards for Ranger School for a very long time," he said. "I'm adamant about maintaining that. I do believe it's important we maintain the integrity of the Ranger tab."

http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/05/28/women-ranger-school-assessments/28070325/


SFC Mark Merino TSgt Hunter Logan SGT Jeff D. LTC Stephen C. GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad CSM (Join to see) SGM (Join to see) Sgt Aaron Kennedy CPT Aaron Kletzing MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca MAJ (Join to see) LTC (Join to see) SGT Veronica Fulgham - Blais LTC Stephen F. CW5 (Join to see) 1LT (Join to see)
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Brain-Eating Amoeba

This tiny organism lives in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It enters through your nose and can cause a rare, fatal brain infection.

The only way to prevent infection is to avoid swimming in warm fresh water. If you do get in the water, don’t put your head under. You can also reduce the risk by wearing nose clips, especially if you are going to jump in, which can send water up your nose.







































Brain-Eating Amoeba

This tiny organism lives in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It enters through your nose and can cause a rare, fatal brain infection.

The only way to prevent infection is to avoid swimming in warm fresh water. If you do get in the water, don’t put your head under. You can also reduce the risk by wearing nose clips, especially if you are going to jump in, which can send water up your nose.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-summer-health-hazards?ecd=wnl_wmh_052915&ctr=wnl-wmh-052915_nsl-ld-stry&mb=NT5WNvasPtfUz8swbUQ66yhonS%2fH3cwyZZ%40wnZZI6Cc%3d










Sgt David G Duchesneau SFC Mark Merino Sgt Richard Buckner LTC (Join to see) SSG (Join to see) MAJ Ken Landgren SFC (Join to see) LTC Bink Romanick SGT Anthony Bussing SPC (Join to see) LCpl Mark Lefler CW5 (Join to see) MAJ (Join to see) SSG Carlos Madden
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If you had the opportunity, would you apply for/accept an assignment in the Pentagon?

With the Army opening more assignments to align with the Broadening Opportunity Program, you may have additional career-enhancing assignments within our Nation's Capitol (or just across the river from).
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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/05/26/marine-court-martialed-for-refusing-to-remove-bible-verse.html

Notice that the headline is about being courts-martialed for the Bible verse but that Article goes over several other violations of the UCMJ. Is this marketing the story or just the media misleading the public?

Was the Marine wrong?

COURT DOCUMENT: http://www.jag.navy.mil/courts/documents/archive/2015/STERLING-201400150-UNPUB.PDF
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I have been in the Army Reserve since 2009. And in the 5 years that I have been in I have never once been to an Annual Training. Isn't the unit I'm attached to required to have an AT for me? What do you think?
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