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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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SP6 Terrence Griffin
SP6 Terrence Griffin
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Well said!
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SCPO Rick Hunter
SCPO Rick Hunter
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It was always my opinion, one was a "Real" Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman the day they graduated from Boot Camp or Basic Training. And I heard the same thing in the Navy, "You're not a REAL Sailor till you've been at sea." Actually that one is kind of hard to disagree with, if you've not been to Sea, you're "in the Navy" and no less important. But not the point.

One of my ex-wives is a Marine Corps Officer. She attended and did very well at both OCS & TBS, graduated, received her Sword, and commission. Unfortunately for her she was processed out in her specialty school. With my eleven years serving with and being an FMF Corpsman with the Corps, try as I might, I could not convince her that, yes, she IS a REAL Marine. It took one of her Training Gunnery Sergeants she met up with several years later to convince her she was truly a "Real" Marine.

There's more to that story, but here is not the place to recount it. As I used to finish my affidavits for Court, "Further your affiant sayeth not."

Good day and SEMPER FI!
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PFC William Mower
PFC William Mower
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When I was in basic basic I was told that every soldiers first job was infantry and then whatever specialty they were assigned. If your position is over run are only the 11b's allowed to defend the position its everyone's job.
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PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear
PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear
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Most off these guys don’t know nothing about what they are talking about, unless you get your Combat Badges. At least 90 days in Combat. ARMY CIB, MARINE NAVY COMBAT BADGE.
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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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1SG Mark Flowers
1SG Mark Flowers
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SGT Milton Pridemore - In 91 right before G–Day, the arty brought 8–inchers right up into our front lines to shoot arty raids at the Iraqi deep targets.
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Sgt William Gibson
Sgt William Gibson
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Ask the Chosin Few
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Cpl Gene Deatley
Cpl Gene Deatley
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Amen brother, and thank you for the support. You guys were great in Nam'.
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SPC Wesley Griffin
SPC Wesley Griffin
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We were all soldiers. As I recall, it certainly made us in the infantry jealous in Vietnam when the guys driving the APCs around had the front fold down vane full of blocks of ice for their beer and sodas. We were drinking warm green water out of shell holes. As far as combat vs non-combat, as soon as I had a chance to get a rear-job, I sure as hell took it. 5 1/2 months in the jungle was plenty for me.
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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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SGT Dale Myres
SGT Dale Myres
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Hell I would not worry about those ego guys. I a veteran but was a contractor in Middle East and only a fool goes looking for trouble.
We still took rockets and mortars. Who gives a crap now.
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SSG William Hull
SSG William Hull
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Some where around 70% of military personnel are in support or combat support positions. That 30% combat arms couldn't do their job with out the support troops. We all gave some, no matter your MOS or billet.
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PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear
PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear
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We are not talking about ‘COMBAT SUPPORT UNITS”, Actually being in Combat for months daily, surviving makes you a real soldier or marine.
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