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Cpl Brett Wagner
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I know it can be embarrassing but it can be funny too. I'll post mine to start it off.
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Personally I don't think it's anyone's business if I have a rating or, if there is a rating, what that rating is.
Excuse the misspelling I missed it before I posted it.
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When you joined the military, was your experience how you expected it to be? Did you get a true impression from your friends, your relatives and your recruiter? We've been talking about this a lot at work and the general consensus is that the experience has not been as expected for most. Some thought it would be better, some worse. I personally feel that it is very different than I expected, not better or worse, just different. Basic Combat Training was not how I expected it to be. AIT was worlds different from BCT and definitely not what I thought it would be. Firt duty station you ask? Oh no, not even close. I would like to get some opinions on how you thought your career would start off and how it ended up being.
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From: The Washington Post

Five days into the job, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter suggested that he doesn’t believe that being transgender should alone preclude a person from serving in the military.

“I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” Carter said Sunday during a question-and-answer session with troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to a transcript posted on the Pentagon’s Web site.

He said he has not studied the military’s ban on transgender service members, but “I come at this kind of question from a fundamental starting point, which is that we want to make our conditions and experience of service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country. And I’m very open-minded about — otherwise about what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That’s the important criteria. Are they going to be excellent service members?”

The remarks come as hope builds among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates that the Obama administration may soon loosen the ban on transgender service members, which remained in place even after the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” bar on openly gay troops was lifted in 2011.

More than 15,00 transgender men and women serve in the military, according to the Williams Institute, a think tank.

Carter’s remarks were more direct than those of other military officials who have suggested that it may be time to reconsider the transgender ban. Last summer, then-defense secretary Chuck Hagel indicated that he was open to a review. In December, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James suggested that the ban may eventually be lifted.

Transgender rights groups immediately lauded Carter’s comments, which came in response to a question about his view on transgender service in austere environments such as Kandahar.

“Secretary Carter is right – being transgender should not exclude anyone from serving in America’s military,” Allyson Robinson, a former Army captain and director of policy for SPARTA, a group that advocates for transgender troops, said in a statement. “Transgender Americans are serving today with honor and distinction, but must serve in silence and forgo medically necessary care to do so. There is no reason for this to continue. Secretary Carter must lead the way by ordering a top-down, department level review of the regulations.”

Among the troops present for Carter’s remarks was a transgender member of SPARTA, the group said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/02/22/new-defense-secretary-expresses-openness-toward-transgender-troops/?hpid=z4
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Take six minutes to watch this February 25, 2015, report on lost benefits claims at VA centers.

If your claim is not getting a response, do not let it rest. Contact a Veteran Services Officer, or your state Senator or Congressperson. They will help you.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/veteran-benefits-administration-mismanagement-uncovered-in-investigation/
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Well, a Maryland State Legislator is proposing a bill to lower the legal drinking age for Active Duty service members. What are your thoughts on this? Personal and professional.

We have all heard the arguments and know the in-house statistics on alcohol related incidents. A common argument we hear is, "If you are old enough to die for your country you should be old enough to have a drink." Some interesting facts presented in a study conducted across the branches on alcohol use among military members: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh284/252-257.htm.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/capitol-hill/2015/02/27/md-senator-ron-young-proposes-lowering-drinking-age-for-active-duty-service-members/24112643/
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Davis Monthan AFB set the bar very high this weekend. They hosted their Heritage Flights (50 years of aviation). Imagine having a cup of coffee and looking up to see this directly over your house. Well done Air Force family! Can you identify all 4?
PO1 Steven Kuhn
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I want to know whether anyone believes that Islam in America demanding Sharia Law will work in America with our Constitution and Bill of Rights. With the growing Muslim population (both legally and illegally) and all of the special treatment they get regarding their religion as compared to any other in America are you worried about whether our Constitution will survive?
2d Lt Pilot Trainee
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I was at Luke AFB and personally witnessed an NCO take the longest path possible to get to their car to avoid saluting me. I didn't try to get into his path to "force" a salute but it just seems unnecessary for that kind of animosity. I understand that people may not be fond with the idea of saluting a fresh new 22-year-old LT.

What do you guys think? What situations have you guys been in? For those who have experienced this, how did you handle it?
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So, a non-idle question....
What is the longest it has taken for YOUR evaluation to reach you?

This seems in my experience to be a chronic problem in the Reserve components. Please select an option or if you have one of the epic > 1 year ones, would love to hear it.
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The Army Times reads......

"Many women candidates — six in this February class — who did not meet the requirements for RTAC are opting to stay and complete the two-week course anyway, Woodard said. "They continued to take advantage of that opportunity," he said. "Even though only one was successful, they seem to see the intrinsic value of the training and opt to stay.""

I went to RTAC. We have a 50% failure rate. Now all of those that failed were sent back to their units. RTAC and Ranger are not a "try your best" type of school. It is an "are you the best" type of school. If you are not then you go back to the house. Six females students failed but were allowed to stay. This is not the same for the male students.

Didn't they say they weren't going to change any standards? Couldn't a male student that failed and was sent home that was not offered to stay for training file a EO complaint? He was clearly not given the equal opportunity that the females were.
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Excerpt from SECNAV's statement below:

“The Navy motto is Semper Fortis, Always Courageous,” said Mabus during the Friday ceremony with Giffords, who was shot last year during an assassination attempt in Tucson.

“Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years and it is what we expect, what we demand of our sailors every single day,” said Mabus. “So it’s very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit.”

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It seems to me that there are many, many courageous servicemen and women, that are terribly wounded or made the ultimate sacrifice, that are more deserving of this great honor. Historically, warships were named to honor people who have served or are intimately connected to the sea services.

Instead, our brilliant leadership chooses to name a WARSHIP after an anti-gun crusader and hypocrite. Giffords (and her husband) have been noted and often photographed, purchasing AR-15s, high-capacity magazines and more, while pushing for tighter regulations---or outright bans---of these items.

USS DAISNAID (Do As I Say, Not As I Do) seems more appropriate.
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And when I say "workplace", I mean in an office environment. With the nasty a** bottle of s**t colored spit.
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A big thanks to SGT Ben Keen for jumping on the horn and giving his thoughts on RallyPoint to Fox News. He did an awesome job of highlighting the importance of networking & mentoring within the military family. You're a star Ben.
Hope you can keep up with all the endorsements coming your way.
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An Oklahoma City homeless veteran who died Thursday after being diagnosed with cancer is being buried in Marine dress blues to honor his dying wish.

KOCO-TV said Donnie Loneman loved being a Marine and made his final request after he was told he had three weeks to live.

Loneman, a Native American, spent a decade living on the streets and neither owned a dress uniform nor could he afford one.

The station reported that the Oklahoma City Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and several veterans organization came together to assist Loneman in his last days.

They secured a donated dress uniform and kicked in to pay his funeral expenses, and to provide him with an honor guard detail for the burial.

KOCO's report shows Loneman on his death bed at the VA hospital tucked under a Marine Corps flag.

“He said, ‘I’m going to enter the gates [of Heaven], and I’m going to tell all the Marines that are standing there that they’re relieved of their duty, and I’m going to take their place, and I’ll stand there until my arms get tired, and another Marine comes.” He said, ‘I’m ready to go,’” said Christine Cleary, who worked with Loneman at the VA's homeless program.

http://ktla.com/2015/02/28/homeless-oklahoma-veterans-dying-wish-to-be-granted/

SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT PAY MORE ATTENTION AND PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT TO OUR HOMESLESS VETERANS - RATHER THAN PROVIDE HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL, CLOTHING, ETC., TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?
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