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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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SFC Larry Triplett
SFC Larry Triplett
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SFC Chuck Martinez - With out the Support MOS's supporting our Combat Comrades they can not do their jobs. If were not for Supply, Medics, Truck Drivers, Admin, Recovery Personnel, and Mechanics, just to name a few we support you. We get the Beans and Bullets to you, Cooks make your hot meal when they are allowed to send it to the combat zone, Mechanics fix your equipment. Supply orders the things you need to survive in combat, so we need each other to support Combat MOS's.
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MAJ Russ Hanson
MAJ Russ Hanson
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Well remember it takes 2/3 of the force to support the other 1/3 so without the support the 1/3 wouldnt survive. So all are real. I servedtin thailand( yes served) in support of Viet Nam and then I served in Viet Nam not as infantry but ASA. Yes we were support but we were under rocket/mortar attacks, and defended our compound when the combat troops left country so no we weren't infantry but we were just as liable to be killed as them. We also saved a lot of them as we provided immediate information and direct bomber and aircraft support to keep their lives going. So everyone regardless of MOS is necessary for survival!!
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SPC Curtis Cobb
SPC Curtis Cobb
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I was an Army Airborne Infantry Infantryman(no combat). I don't know how many times I heard other Airborne soldiers refer to those who were not Airborne as "legs, ' implying that they were not "real" grunts, undoubtedly to boost their own eggshell egos. The fact is that EVERY soldier, regardless of MOS or ribbon, is required to accomplish whatever mission they're given, and they should be respected for their commitment to said missions.
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SP5 Jay Molyneaux
SP5 Jay Molyneaux
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I was told that real soldiers are combat soldiers. I served with the 1st Bde 101 ABN in a recon platoon during the VN war. If you were not in combat there, you were not a "real soldier". I did not share that opinion.where would they guy in field be without the S$ folks up all night sending ammo, meds, etc? I always respected anyone who did his or her job and did it without bitching
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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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CSM John Mead
CSM John Mead
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Cpl Marc Bayze - Evidently, it's true, the Marines take mental deficients.
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CSM John Mead
CSM John Mead
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Cpl Marc Bayze - I haven't been lying to you, you just can't accept the truth. By the way, you don't have to like me, but you will be tactful and respectful. Otherwise you just make the Marine Corps look to be like a bunch of animals.
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Cpl Marc Bayze
Cpl Marc Bayze
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CSM John Mead LOL! It's "evidently" true in all cases dumbass!
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Cpl Marc Bayze
Cpl Marc Bayze
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CSM John Mead yep, sure thing dingus
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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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SPC Lito Liloc
SPC Lito Liloc
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Ive been hearing some stories about who and who arent the real soldiers. This is just my opinion and i hope this will help
If you join the service and sworn ' To support and defend the constitution of United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..You're a real soldier!
Our job as a servicemen is our choice. If choose to be an Infantryman thats your choice, if you choose to work in an office thats your choice. We cant all be in one place. Some has to go ( deployment ) Some has to stay behind and help the families who are left behind. There's always a reason why they didnt go deployment or never experience war. Lets take care our own business. I was in afghanistan 2010 -2011. Im so happy that i got my 1st CIB. But do i recommend every soldier to go to war? NO! Because that was my choice to go there and experience the deployment. Please dont do this to any servicemen. Hoooooaaaahhhhh! God bless us and God bless America!!
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SGT Dale Myres
SGT Dale Myres
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SGT (Join to see) anytime! I’m not afraid of combat but I don’t go looking for trouble. But I will not kneel to cowards either! Men that are heroes were not wanting to be but were just helping their buddies and their unit get out of a situation.
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SGT Dale Myres
SGT Dale Myres
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PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear have you ever been in a FOB and have a rocket, mortar or gunfire come your way? As a contractor up in the northern hinterland of Afghanistan, the ragheads were planning to overrun our small outpost. I was told we were low on ammo and fuel for the generators. We were too far for Black Hawk support to get there quickly. Although the arty boys could help. So our small group could hurting. Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad a night And an SF group showed from the mountains and the skinnies lite out.
So, don’t think Combat support soldiers. I’ve seen mechanics shot up retrieving gun trucks you called bad boys leave down range.
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SPC Curtis Underwood
SPC Curtis Underwood
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You know I have one answer to this and that comes from a friend that served in the marines in Nam. I never had to go into combat but I was a UH1 Helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam conflict and would have went had they sent me.
He saw That I hung back when he asked me to got to the VFW club with him. I told him i was not a combat vet and had never been in a combat zone and so was not a veteran of a foreign war. I told him I did not belong there.
He said "You signed that paper that gave them the right to send you anywhere and to put your life in their hands and you served during Vietnam" So you are as much a veteran of a foreign war as I am"
So I went with him to the VFW and Joined. They accepted me with open arms. All the vets there said about the same thing that it matters not where you served it only matters that you served brother.
The brothers that think this are still brothers but they are wrong. But you always have some that will think differently.
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