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SSgt Gary Andrews
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I used to hear similar remarks in the Marines........"he's not a "real" Marine......usually made in reference to someone who had never served in combat (of which I was one who didn't). As was explained to me in stark terms by one of my drill instructors (it's detailed in my book God Bless Chesty).......once you become a Marine, the Marine Corps owns your ass and will send you where they need you......your job is to follow orders and accomplish whatever mission you are given. Some were given combat missions, some were needed elsewhere......it wasn't our own choice. So I always felt that everyone who earned the right to the title........was a "real" one, regardless of what assignment they received. You wear the uniform, you are real.
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PO1 Jorge L Berrios
PO1 Jorge L Berrios
2 mo
CPO Aaron Grant - Well said Chief!
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PVT Michael Davis
PVT Michael Davis
27 d
F****** A Right!!

Even a few of us Non-Marines were real soldiers. I had to join the Army, I knew my Mom and Dad ;-)
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PVT Michael Davis
PVT Michael Davis
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LtCol George Carlson Yessir! Someone In logistics [REAL SOLDIERS!], had to let the Mission Commander what was really feasible and what was drama!
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PVT Michael Davis
PVT Michael Davis
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SGT (Join to see) Walking faster!?!? ;-)
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As an infantryman myself I'd like to ask those people how far they think they would get without all those other soldiers doing their jobs. They'd run out of ammo/fuel/water/food/etc. pretty quickly. Not to mention they wouldn't get their CIB/medals/pay/insurance/etc. It's just stupid really.
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Sgt Robert Elliott
Sgt Robert Elliott
4 mo
SPC Brendan Dullaghan - When I was in the Marines, the quickest way for someone to get hurt really bad was to mess with one of our medics (Corpsmen)! Wrong move!!! As Mr T would say, "Pity the fool!!!)
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SPC Daniel Rankin
SPC Daniel Rankin
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SFC Barbara Layman - You are a real soldier, who supported those out in the field. if it was not for you I would not have received my daily rations. Thank you for the hard work you did.
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PVT Michael Davis
PVT Michael Davis
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Yessir! Ever met someone from finance? Real Soldiers!
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I tend to not listen to people like that. They usually have no clue what they're talking about. A soldier is a soldier. I don't know how one can be more "real" than another. Do we have imaginary soldiers running around the Army or something?

I've heard it too - it's usually combat arms telling support soldiers they aren't "real" soldiers.

My first deployment - I was a SPC. It was just me and my LT in the S2. The CSM's PSD PSG used to give me so much crap about being a "fobbit" and I didn't know what was going on outside the wire so how I could do any intel reports, etc. One day he comes in and he wants the SIGACTs for the day. I said "Nope sorry." (I think he was a SSG). He said "Why not?" I said "Well I'm just a fobbit. I don't know what is really going on so I can't give you anything that will help, can I?"
He kind of glared at me and I did give him the information but still - I got tired of it. Yes I was a fobbit. I was on the FOB. Omg I must not have ever been a real soldier during both my deployments. I went out on as many patrols as I could. My LT wouldn't let me go out very much. (Who would do the work?). Everyone can't be outside the FOBs. Sorry.

If someone wants to act like they are big crap they can. Usually the ones who boast the most didn't really do much at all during their time.
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SSG Ted Strachan
SSG Ted Strachan
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If you served honorably, then you are "real". Nothing any self-entitled narcissistic digits doofus is going to change that.
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Sgt Alex Casqueira
Sgt Alex Casqueira
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I completely agree with SFC, it's always the stolen Valor types that are running around throwing out terms like fobbit, or POG, I'm an infantryman to my core and I always thank the men and women who bring the chow or bullets out to me in the field, or if they just kick a pallet out of a 74 helo with a shute on it even, I still thank the guys when I get back to the flightline. The infantry might be where the rubber meets the road in war but there are 2 other men or women working behind each 1 infantryman making their mission even possible to begin with. It's always funny seeing those guys who are always making fun of the ones who are stuck inside the wire all the time, when the shit hits the fan and the fob is taking indirect fire from 120s or something, it's always the guys stuck inside the wire who rise up and get shit done when It counts. So I say to those guys who always mess with everyone stuck inside the wire, how many wars can you win by yourself without the 3 Bs being provided to you? Beans, bullets, and bandages. Semper Fi gents, keep your heads down.
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PO2 Joan MacNeill
PO2 Joan MacNeill
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LCpl Glenn Kellar - Having been in Viernam, but not trading bullets, it seemed just part of the job, so in my case "Vietnam Vet", although true, doesn't really carry the assumed glory. Yes, I have the pride, but I keep it in proportion. A soldier serving next to the Iron Curtain or South Korea, or certain airmen or sailors elsewhere could in those days have had as many harrowing experiences as many of his brothers in the jungles, yet not be a "Vietnam Vet". I can't begin to praise the Coast Guard as much as they deserve for their valorous and dangerous duty all over the world.
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SGT William Jackson
SGT William Jackson
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I was a Combat Grunt in Vietnam, 101st ABN I Corps mostly Ashau Valley. Let me tell you, most of us Grunts after a while, would take any rear job we could, soldiers are soldiers, we all had jobs to do, yes some were more dangerous than others, but that does not mean the non combat soldiers were not real. As long as one does their job they have value, their job is just as important as any other. Yea I used the term remf when I was there, but we all knew we needed the other guys also. I mean we were always glad to see a hot meal brought our to us after days of eating C-Rats. We were always glad to get our mail, and ice and cokes and beer. Believe me we all in the bush knew that the guys in the rear were important and were soldiers just as important as any other.
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