Posted on May 18, 2015
TSgt Pavements and Construction Equipment (DirtBoyz)
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I recently had someone tell me that service members who served in a support role don't count as much (are not as "veteranly", if you will) as ones who served in a direct combat role. My reaction was not a good one, having never served in a direct combat role :). Needless to say, this person has never served. Not really a question, just wanted to hear other peoples reaction to this "news."
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SPC Eric Tucker
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As an infantryman I call bull shit on that! In my day it took 11 other soldiers to support me doing my job, admin, cooks, etc... We are a team. Without even one we will fail our missions. As long as you raised your right hand and put on the uniform your as "veteranly" as any other!
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*Just in case you are slow, this is satire*

We all know that the only real veterans are Force Recon Scout Snipers
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Special Forces
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Seals - not just any Seals, just the Abottabad Raid Seals

If that wasn't true, than how come those are the only ones who are so impressive at the bar?
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SrA Edward Vong
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Well if that's the case, I good 80% of the military aren't veterans as most of us don't really serve in combat roles. I'm not sure what the actual percentage is.
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SrA Edward Vong
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SSG John Thornton I wouldn't be surprised, but I keep reminding myself that just because one isn't in a combat field doesn't mean they have never seen combat.
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SSG John Thornton It's basically the movie Jarhead all over again.
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SSG John Thornton I guess the term "combat" is debatable, I agree that they entered combat. But others may not as there were no shots fired. There are "combat" roles that required no shots being fire, such as a helicopter pilot flying troops into the battlefield, or engineers in WWII that have never returned fire, but worked in the battlefield. To me they are all combat veterans.
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TSgt Pavements and Construction Equipment (DirtBoyz)
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Your response is almost exactly what mine was. Minus the creative words that I used to call him a moron ;)
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