Posted on Jun 2, 2015
PO1 Seth Crotser
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I am a recruiter for the Navy and I constantly have "battles" with people who are interested in the Marine Corps and Army and I tell them that not everyone will see combat and that in fact if you are infantry/medic/truck driver you pretty much don't leave the base you're at. Is that a true statement? I'm not a huge fan at all about being a liar just to get people to join. Just trying to get my facts straight. Thanks
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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"if you are infantry/medic/truck driver you pretty much don't leave the base you're at."

WTF do you think the Infantry and Combat Medics do?????
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CPT Paul Whitmer
CPT Paul Whitmer
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The lack of knowledge was obvious in the first sentence; "I am a recruiter for the Navy..." I didn't know they had "Infantry" in the USN. USMC has their own recruiters.
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CPL Grey Johnson
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I was stationed at Arlington. No I never saw combat, but I buried a bunch of bad asses that did and I'm honored.
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CWO4 Michael McGrath
CWO4 Michael McGrath
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Was Navy Corpsman Fleet Marine Force. Saw more combat than one should see in a lifetime. Navy recruiter..... Please don’t say that to recruits you sign up for Hospital Corps School, beaides that you should really know about Navy, Seebee’s, SEALS, etc., etc.
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1SG John Faircloth
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I have to say it.... Naval Infantry = US Marine
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SSG Medical Ncoic
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We don't live and fight in a linear combat theater anymore. The concept of support strictly staying behind the line and only combat arms doing the shooting is so far outdated it's laughable. I know dozens of infantry that never left the FOB for any real combat mission, and I know dozens of support and non combat troops who ducked bullets everyday. Today's theater the most dangerous job is 88M, a truck driver. More troops are killed by IDF and IEDS than with small arms fire. In my sector, it was artillery and MPS running patrols and convoys. It was AF pulling security, and it was Navy sweeping up with EOD. That was 06 in the Surge. There were medics and corpsmen that never left wire and there were some that never pulled sick call once. I treated just as many "fobbits" for combat related injuries as I did others for wounds sustained outside the wire. This whole only infantry go out and take hits is the biggest lie we keep telling ourselves in today's combat. Our enemies do not fight on even ground with us, they do not engage our infantry in close combat regularly because they know they get wiped in most situations. They bomb our check points, lob IDF into our bases, shoot at our convoys and choppers. Sure they ambush infantry patrols but not the frequency we are historically used to in previous conflicts. Yes a grunt will see more direct combat, but we all generally have been shot at at some point regardless of MOD
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1SG Signal Support Systems Specialist
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SFC Corrie Meade - The surge in Afghanistan was 2010-2011!
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SFC Corrie Meade
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1SG (Join to see) - 1sg read the article and you would see he was talking about the surge in iraq
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SFC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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Either i am reading this wrong or somebody must have no clue (never deployed). Firstly, much respect goes to every single person in every MOS because we all have our piece of the pie to be the best ARMY in the world. The infantry/medics/truck driver comment is the most inaccurate ei have ever come accross. The infantry kick in doors and are always out, no mission can happen without a combat medic (medical support has to be present), and no mission driven without the truck driver. This is not online gaming. Those 3 MOSs are always put on the mission.
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1SG Automated Logistical Specialist
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Retired Operation Enduring Freedom ETT. I was rarely in a FOB. Attached to Afghan National Army units while securing the country. In 14 months I was present during 16 attacks of various types, mortar, rocket, suicide, and small arms. Our Afghan infantry assaulted, cleared, and conducted large offensive operations about 10 times. So yes, I saw conflict up close several times. I don't know what is like to serve on a ship at sea so I don't tell people who ask what it is like. If you feel the need to inform recruits about combat get some experience first, otherwise I suggest not commenting on what you do not know about.
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CPO Leading Chief Petty Officer (Lcpo)
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Sit down with the Marine recruiters in your office and ask them the same question. We had very open lines of communication with the Marines I recruited with. The more you all know about what's offered by all branches, what they do, and what their restrictions are, the better you ALL can help your applicants find what they are looking for.
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CPO George Hall
CPO George Hall
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Same in my office 84 87
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TSgt Carl Johnson
TSgt Carl Johnson
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SSgt James Howerton - Man! I really hope SGT Bumgardener (Baumgardner, maybe?) sees your comment! That would be awesome!
Why did I suddenly think of Chris Farley?
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CPO Mark Bell
CPO Mark Bell
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Legit Chief!
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CPL Steve Freeman
CPL Steve Freeman
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That was a nicer way of saying what I said.
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