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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SPC P. John Zimmer
SPC P. John Zimmer
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2 in 26 years. I saw more than that in 4. I was infantry and I spent more time in the field training for combat than I can even remember.
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TSgt Thomas Hopper
TSgt Thomas Hopper
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Infantry and combat medics are not the only ones to see combat. Why do you think they made the CAB?
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SGT Raymond Zannetti
SGT Raymond Zannetti
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SGT (Join to see) - As a mud diver also, from '72 thru '78, I spent a lot of time outside the wire, as you all call it. Besides the broken down PC's, Jeeps and other vehicles that we had to recover, they needed lift out there. Large generators, telecommunication ,ammo e.t.a.l. were too heavy to carry out there. Trucks took it out there and we had to do all the lifting, loading and unloading for them.
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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PO2 Sam Messer - John Wayne was in a movie called"{THE FIGHTING SEE BEES." The SEE BEES see action in most of their deployment. That is why they go into a situation armed to the teeth. Even THE VICTORY AT SEA" shows the FIGHTING SEE BEES in action.
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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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LTC John Bush
LTC John Bush
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What you experience depends a lot on the year /time you were in country. At a particular time and place it could be intense and months later safe as central park. Anyone in theater can be in an intense situation or never see a shot fired in anger, When I was a kid a friend of my father that went from Omaha to Germany said he was in the battle of the bulge and slept in a bed with clean sheets every night.
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SSG Squad Leader
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88M... I'm betting thats a bit of a reach. I agree with the fact that support and non-combat troops have potential for being in the same shit as combat troops with current warfare. The majority of it still would be those that those who regularily do combat patrols and route clearance are most likely to see routine combat though. I'm guessing hands down the people with most would be the combat engineers.
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MAJ Donald Zlotnik - MAJ , the only heroes are the ones that didn’t have a chance to live a full life like you and I are doing today.
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PO2 Ron Burling
PO2 Ron Burling
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I think we saw the start of this in Vietnam, Mr Charles spent a lot of time avoiding open combat with 'real' soldiers, hence the need to perform "search and destroy" missions, but he didn't seem to hesitate to mess with us 'POGs'.
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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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CPL Roger Elliott
CPL Roger Elliott
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68-69-70 The Nam SP4 Com -- assigned with Rangers and saw a LOT of action. Just Sayin'
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe since I'm Retiring)
LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe since I'm Retiring)
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Did you forget to update your profile? You list your rank as Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) but the Rank you have shown is that of a Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2). As stated by others on here, EVERYONE sees or has the potential to see combat in modern day nonlinear Combat Zones. Infantry, Medics, MP's, and Engineers Units get out every day patrolling, manning check points, and route clearing. Truck drivers (88M) are out everyday getting/moving equipment and supplies and moving troops. You argument to stir recruits away from Combat Arms is VERY flawed.
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LCDR Stephen Holmes
LCDR Stephen Holmes
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe since I'm Retiring) - Having a hard time seeing it clearly. We count the bars, not the spaces between them, so you may be right. Cheers!
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe since I'm Retiring)
LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe since I'm Retiring)
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LCDR Stephen Holmes - You are correct. I only saw two bars in looking closer I can see the upper bar. Thanks!
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