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SGT Cda 564, Assistant Team Sergeant
I was raised that an Officer should leave corporal punishment to NCOs.

Recently I saw an officer smoking a senior NCO. Later realizing it was somewhat of a joke, although the NCO did do something unprofessional as a joke it was very very minute.

It just made me think back to all the times I have heard "that's NCO business" when it comes to smoking a soldier or a Senior NCO smoking an NCO.

Do cases ever warrant an officer taking immediate action and smoking a soldier or NCO. Or should all cases be directed through that soldier or NCOs supervisor?

Is corporal punishment an NCOs job and if so why? If not then why also?
Posted in these groups: PunishmentSmokingNCOsOfficers
SSG Internal Control Nco
How many people think we should be able to post our awards on rally point?
Posted in these groups: AwardsFlat_color RallyPoint
1LT(P) Executive Officer
This one has come up a lot in conversations with my peers and Soldiers: Should you be allowed to claim veterans status if you have never deployed?

Personally, I'm an ROTC graduate who chose to go straight into the ARNG in 2011, knowing full well that my chances to deploy would be next to none with the changing op tempo. Realistically, had I been actively searching out a deployment the whole time, I still may not have gotten one. I'm sure there are Soldiers out there who served honorably in a reserve component without deploying, despite their best efforts. So, for example, should a Soldier who completed basic training, had a clean service record, excelled in their peer group, but ultimately served 10 years as a reservist with no deployment and less than 180 days on non-ADT active service be prevented from calling themselves a veteran?

I have my own thoughts, but I'm more interesting in hearing your opinions. For clarification, I'm speaking more towards the legal definition of veterans status - even if the laws were changed here, there would still be an immense difference between a legal veteran and a legal veteran with several deployments, combat experience, decades on active duty, or a combination of all three.
A1C Markus Frank
The latest news changed my opinion (Threat against our families and Veteran Kassig).

In my opinion... we should go all out... Every allied commando drop into Syria/Iraq to try to save Peter Kassig.

Followed by an all out immediate attack by all available forces (NATO and others).

Inform the local population that they have 72 hours to get out of the war zones.

Inform all NATO/other Allies that they either stand with us now or they will be no longer part of NATO... for example - Turkey - use their ground forces from the north. Israel and Iraq from the south.

Stop using precision bombs against ISIS strongholds... use the area bombs.
Posted in these groups: HonorISISSyriaMultinational_force_iraq_emblem__mnf-i___1_5_ Iraq
CSM G 3 Training Sgm
I did not write this article though I agree with many points. I will discuss/debate but, please do not personally attack me. Again, I did not write the article.

By Salil Puri

With the Army’s announcement today that Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion, soldiers all over were elated. At the same time, many troops, veterans, and politicians seized on these charges to once again attack the President over the negotiation and trade of five Afghan Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl. They are all wrong. You might be too. Now, many of you are already probably angry, maybe even starting to foam at the mouth. I understand that. Take a deep breath, and try to second guess yourself. Think about why you might be wrong. Think of it as an exercise in critical thinking. Consider, for just one moment, that there might be factors you aren’t aware of, or that hadn’t been presented to you before. Let’s walk down that road for a moment, shall we?

First, the President did not trade Bergdahl, E-5 type (he won’t be honored here by reference to his rank) for five terrorists. He was exchanged for five prisoners of the recognized and deposed Afghan government. Neither Clinton, Bush, or Obama ever had the Afghan Taliban labeled as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. They were a government that both Clinton and Bush recognized, and even provided foreign aid to, before 9/11. We exchanged Redcoats for prisoners during the Revolution, Nazis for POWs in WWII, and Viet Cong for GI’s in Vietnam. Prisoner exchanges are a legal and robust part of American military history.

Secondly, it is a sacred responsibility for the President to recover captured troops. It doesn’t matter that Bergdahl is a shitbag, it doesn’t matter that he deserted. What matters is that he was an enlisted man in the US Army, and an American. How many Afghan lives do you think are worth an American service-member’s?

Now, many people who are certain he deserted are saying the President shouldn’t have traded for Bergdahl because Bergdahl deserted. Many of these people despise the President with a deep-rooted partisan loathing. Some of those people might even be reading this right now. So, take a moment, think about what you’ve been arguing. You want to give the President, a man you despise, carte blanche to abdicate his duty towards men and women in uniform, based on allegations? Really? Follow that rabbit hole down for a minute, and see where it leads.

A soldier, or perhaps a diplomat, or maybe an intelligence officer, gets abducted overseas. Maybe this individual has some public or private disagreement with some high ranking member of the Executive Office. Perhaps if enough people are convinced the abductee is traitorous, he is labeled an Enemy of the State. So then we don’t demand the President do everything he can to recover this individual? Are you comfortable with that? Probably not, but that’s exactly what many people are advocating the President should have done. What about you?

So let’s talk about allegations. Allegations are not charges. Charges are not convictions. I am 99.5% convinced that Bergdahl deserted his post. But neither my opinion nor yours matters one whit, because all of us who wear the uniform swore an oath to defend the US Constitution. That beloved document speaks to a concept known as Due Process. Within UCMJ, Bergdahl is guaranteed that due process, just like everyone else in uniform. Are we a nation of laws, or a nation of men, where rights are tossed out because the man in question isn’t winning any popularity contests?

Bergdhal is one of ours. He’s an American soldier. He has a history of mental illness, and the Army enlisted him despite his rejection by the US Coast Guard. Mentally ill people often do irrational things. That doesn’t excuse his behavior, and he will be tried in a Court Martial. If convicted, he will likely be stripped of his rank, forfeit pay, and hopefully spend a long time in prison. I bear not ounce ounce of sympathy for Bergdahl. Nor do I ask you to. I merely ask that you recognize that he is a uniformed soldier who has been accused of a grave crime, and it is up to us, America, and the United States Army, to charge, try, convict, and punish him. That’s our right, our responsibility, not the Haqqani Network’s.

Now, if you’re still angry with me, the floor is yours.

Salil Puri is an NCO and member of the Psychological Operations regiment. With an undergraduate degree in four disciplines, psychology, history, government, and Middle Eastern Studies, and an MA in security policy, Mr. Puri applies his military and academic background to solving world problems and making people angry, as he assuredly just did. A consultant with the Culper Group, he can be reached via [login to see] . The opinions expressed here are his alone, not the Army’s not the Culper Group’s, not The Rhino Den’s, just his.
Posted in these groups: BergdahlCalm_leader LeadershipDesertion
SPC Honor Guard
Recently I was at a high school sports event where I observed only 1 person in the entire gym sitting during the playing of the National Anthem. This infuriated me. Everyone stood during the National Anthem, why not him? He wasn't sick or handicap. He was just ignorant. It infuriates me to no end. I understand people have the right not to stand but at least pay respects to the men and women who serve. Does this make you mad?
Posted in these groups: National AnthemHonorDisrespect
PO3 Aaron Hassay
I have been looking under every stone every where looking for another Sailor who can understand and share a story about this enlistment I lived in the same units.

I am 38 now. I enlisted at 18 with this enlistment that few Sailors knew existed. I lived it completely discharged Honorably.

I never met another SAM enlistment in the Fleet.

There was no internet to download and research topics then as now.

Now through studying and number crunching I believe due to the unique timing of the Early to Mid Ninties and force reductions and manpower cuts and units being decommed and my enlistment put on the chop block the same year I signed it 1994, I may be the only SAM to live this enlistment the way I did in the units I did.

It is like being the only ZEBRA with no STRIPES in some estimation.

So the question is this?

Am I the only NAVY Sailor 'EVER' to live the 'SAM' Sea and Air Mariner enlistment in this fashion, the 'only' SAM attatched 18yo sent straight to 1 of just 24 FFGs cross designated NRF Naval Reserve Force, with a unique ships company composite mixing 170 Sailors Full Time Crew and a SELRES Augment Unit of 30 Sailors 'ALL' 'Rated" 'Prior Service' 'Veterans' Augment Crew.

If I get any response I will fill you in on the SAM enlistment and what it meant.

Again no Sailor on the ship had the SAM enlistment except for me 18 year old NAVY Sailor fresh from Boot Greatlakes

To date I find no one then or now realized the SAM enlistment existed it existed really understood or even knew existed.
Posted in these groups: Navy NavySurvey_bars Survey
1LT Anti Terrorism & Force Protection Officer / Cbrne Officer / As3
Simon Girty (1741 – February 18, 1818) was a white Colonial settler who was kidnapped and raised by the Seneca Indian Tribe as a youth. Later in his life, he was given the position of liaison for the US Army, due to his language and frontier skills. When the US Government was making war on the Seneca and Iroquois nations and their people to take their land, later in his Army career, he went back to the Seneca Indians, his family, to assist them and prevent genocide, and try to save Native American lives. He also saved the lives of US Army Officers and soldiers that were sent against his people, at his own expense. This showed his concern for the US Army and it's soldiers at the same time he was trying to prevent the Genocide of his people the the Senecas, and other tribes he had affiliations with Iroquois, Delaware, and Mohawk; and theft of their land. For all this, these good deeds, he was branded a "White Savage" a "Renegade" and a "Traitor". He ran to Canada after all was lost and he could save no more of his adopted Tribe from war and death. Considering the humanitarian nature of his deeds, towards not only Native Americans who were constant victims of genocide, but also the humanitarian nature of his deeds towards US Army Soldiers captured by the Seneca, should his rank and honor be restored as a "liaison" of the US Army.

Would Seneca, Iroquois, Delaware, and Mohawk Tribal Members that belong to the Armed Services want to give their opinions of this topic, as some of them may owe their ancestors lives to Simon Girty, one of a very few White Colonial Men who protected the Native Americans from death and killing. Members of the Quaker Faith may also be interested in this case because many Colonial Quakers also protected Native Americans from killing by other Colonials.

Is Simon Girty a Hero or a Renegade? Was his honor as a Soldier greater than many others?

He was both a White Man and an adopted member of a Native American Tribe, and as a member of a Native American Tribe does his status in the Army have different legal implications, since the US Army is implicated in breaking Treaties and Killing many Native Americans?

Should his honor be restored? His Rank? His Family? Many descendants of Girty remain, and in recent History their name is still treated as Evil.

Was he resisting a Holocaust just like the Jewish Resistance was in Poland in WWII? A Holocaust against Native Americans?

And what do our Native American Service Men and Women think?

Disclaimer: much information about Simon Girty is biased and flawed, as he was demonized for hundreds of years by people in power. What I am looking for here is a Native American perspective from Native American Soldiers in the US Army. Much of what is written about Simon Girty could be considered character assassination.
Posted in these groups: North American Indian StudiesWar
PV2 Violet Case
Here are two examples of hundreds that happened so sadly and did not have to. How do we save our older veteran from the police. I think the police have a right to be afraid but if they are that afraid that they are killing so quickly without any time to see what is going on I think they should find a new job. two examples:

the bottom one maybe he was just tired of the doctoring and wanted to be left in peace to die on his own. But surely did not deserve to be killed by the police in this manner. what are your opinions? this makes me very upset.
Forgive me if I am having troubles comprehending exactly where to post such questions. Thank you team for helping me relocate to the proper places.
1LT Anti Terrorism & Force Protection Officer / Cbrne Officer / As3
Does death scare you? Why or why not?

I will be honest, it scares me. But the strange thing about death is that when I was at OEF it did not scare me. Do other Soldiers feel the same way? Why do I fear death the most at home, but not during my deployment? It is something I cannot answer.

I am sorry I cannot help anyone with these questions, not even myself. I know I must not be the only one who thinks this. I wish I could help you, whoever you are. But I cannot even help myself.

Why is death such a mystery?

I know this gets into religion and all that, and that is okay. I am not judging anything here whatsoever. I just think that as Soldiers we live close to death a lot and yet we do not talk about it much openly, why? Why is death so close to us, and yet so far away?

Do any of you have any good poems about Death? I have none, but I found one from Tecumseh, a great Native American Military Leader:

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
Army Times
From: Army Times

Female soldiers will be allowed to attend Ranger School in April as part of a one-time, integrated assessment, the Army announced Thursday.

The assessment is part of a wider effort to determine whether and how to open combat arms jobs to women. This assessment will be a first for the storied Ranger School, which until now has been open only to men.

"Secretary of the Army John McHugh approved the participation of both men and women in the spring 2015 Ranger course assessment," said Lt. Col. Ben Garrett, an Army spokesman, in a statement. "The assessment will be conducted during Ranger Course 06-15, which is scheduled to begin on April 20, 2015. The course has approximately 60 women scheduled to participate. Those who meet the standards and graduate from the course will receive a certificate and be awarded the Ranger tab."

Army leaders will closely monitor the pilot program, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Jan. 6 during a virtual town hall meeting with soldiers.

"We're just going to let the statistics speak for themselves as we go through this," he said, in response to a question from a soldier. "The main thing I'm focused on is the standards remain the same. In order to earn that tab, you have to do all the things necessary to earn that tab. We want to try a pilot to let women have the opportunity to do that."

The Army has not defined what a successful pilot should look like, Odierno said.

"We don't know if it's five people graduate, or 100 people graduate, or no one graduates," he said. "This is just a pilot to gain information for us to understand where we are, and then we'll take that data and make a determination on how we want to move forward."

Last fall, the Army issued two All-Army Activities messages calling for female soldiers interested in attending Ranger School as students or as observer/advisors. Thirty-one women – 11 officers and 20 noncommissioned officers – out of 46 applicants were selected to be observer/advisors after a weeklong assessment in November.

The response from female soldiers wanting to attend Ranger School as students was so high that the service asked its commands and units to whittle down the list to 160 candidates.

The Army then allocated 160 seats at the two-week Army National Guard Ranger Training and Assessment Course, said Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Army is requiring all female soldiers who want to attend the two-month Ranger School to complete the pre-Ranger course, which takes place at Fort Benning.

There will be 40 seats for female candidates in each iteration of the Ranger Training and Assessment Course between January and April, Fivecoat said.

Each major command, service component command or direct reporting unit, such as Forces Command, the Army Guard, Training and Doctrine Command, Medical Command, Army Europe, and Army South, will be given a set number of seats for each month's cycle of the pre-Ranger course, Fivecoat said.

"It's up to the units to figure out how they want to build their order of merit list to come to RTAC," he said during an interview in December.

Officials arrived at a total of 160 candidates based on the interest level and the capacity at the pre-Ranger course, which will still need to be able to accommodate male candidates as well, he said.

However, not all of the 160 will end up attending Ranger School.

For Ranger School, which runs 11 times a year, the training brigade can accommodate up to 400 students. Typical classes number in the 300s, Fivecoat said.

"We typically will not accept more than 400 folks because I have 400 beds to put people in," he said.

On average, about 45 percent of Ranger School students will graduate, Fivecoat said. As many as 60 percent of all Ranger School failures will occur in the first four days. Many get disqualified during the physical fitness test on the first day, Fivecoat said. The test gives candidates two minutes to do 49 push-ups and two minutes to do 59 sit-ups, and they also must run five miles in 40 minutes and do six chin-ups.

In fiscal 2014, PT test failures made up the largest number of Ranger School failures, Fivecoat said.

As for the 31 soldiers selected to be observer/advisors, they are returning to Fort Benning in January, Fivecoat said.

They will receive some training, including orientation to the training brigade, combat lifesaver certification and a tactics certification course, before they're sent to their specific assignments, Fivecoat said.

The observer/advisors assigned to the battalion and brigade levels will boost the brigade's ability to accommodate the influx of students.

"We're a pretty lean organization, so they're going to help us with the normal stuff that a unit has to do, between Power Point and building orders," Fivecoat said.

The 18 observer/advisors selected to work at the company level will begin working alongside the all-male Ranger Instructor cadre at Fort Benning, Dahlonega, Georgia, and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. They will get to observe two all-male Ranger School classes, Fivecoat said.

"They'll get an appreciation for what an all-male class looks like during the run-up to the chief's decision on if we're going to actually execute this," he said.
1LT Anti Terrorism & Force Protection Officer / Cbrne Officer / As3
US Army Female Combat Soldiers / US Army LGBT Combat Soldiers / African-American Combat Soldiers -

Should Private Mary Read be granted an Honorable Discharge / Historical Honor by the UK Military?

Private Mary Read was a Soldier in the British Army, and served during the Nine Years War or during the War of the Spanish Succession.

She served in Combat with distinction and honors.

She was taken by Pirates after her time in the British Army, and pressed into service under Captain Calico Jack Rackham. Her sister-in-arms and domestic partner on the Ship was Anne Bonney, another famous Pirate.

As a Pirate she freed many African-American Slaves from Bondage, giving them a life at sea as a member of Captain Rackham's Crew.

This post is intended to give proper respect to Female and LGBT US Army Combat Soldiers.

British Army Private Mary Read was a Heroic Combat Veteran of the British Army, and disguised herself as a man to accomplish this.
Posted in these groups: Us_military Military HistoryHerodotos_met_91.8 History
PVT In Ait Until June 2015
Just found out my new duty station will be Fort Stewart. This will bet first duty station straight out of AIT. Can anyone give me information on what it's like there and what to expect? Do's and don'ts?
Posted in these groups: Images PCS
TSgt Hunter Logan
Student with Down syndrome told by Wichita principal he can't wear varsity letter jacket! A parent of another student complained that this student should not be allowed to wear the jacket with a varsity letter on it. Despite the fact that he does play basketball for the special needs team!
Posted in these groups: Survey_bars SurveyChildren_logo ChildrenCurrent-events-logo Current events
SPC Elijah H.
Kinessa Johnson is a former US Army enlisted Soldier who now hunts poachers in Africa with an organization called Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW).

Would you ever consider going to Africa or anywhere else to hunt poachers? [login to see] 20563
Posted in these groups: AfricaHunting_logo HuntingVeteransNon-Profits
SPC (Other / Not listed)
Can someone assist me in interpreting the STAR MOS table.
1.How should one read this table ? Does SL1 OUT=Y mean, you can leave or you must leave the MOS ?
2.Which is an over-strength MOS in this table and which is in shortage ?
3.Is the interpreted shortage MOS same as Critical MOS that is typically referred in HRC communication ?
4. How do service members typically use this information in charting their career or for planning internal mobility ?

Thanks in advance for your participation on this post.
Posted in these groups: MOSRe-enlistment_logo Re-enlistmentCareer Advice
SGT Aviation Maintenance Technician
Who is on your list to watch, comedian Jon Stewart of the Daily Show or commentator Bill O'Reilly?
SGT Fire Team Leader
I think along with many other think this tattoo policy needs to go away. I am barred from becoming a warrant officer because i have a sleeve tattoo. Seriously? I think this is complete bs. I have my pilots license on the civilian side i have passed all my Army pre reqs. So why can't i become a warrant offer? Because i have a tattoo and thats bs many great soldiers and potential great leaders are being screwed out of advancing to the top. Wjat do you guys think?

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