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Getting out after 5 months because you sprained your ankle and got depressed doesn't make you a veteran. Further, it's a slap in the face to people who have done amazing things to earn that title. So no, your coworker is not a Veteran. She's a quitter.
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LTC Jorge Cordero
LTC Jorge Cordero
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SFC Bruce Brady - I know the feeling, have in in-law on my wife's side that has done the same. Claimed injury during basic and was discharged, and gets VA benefits. But can ride his motorcycle hundreds of miles with no problem
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I have a kid who has pulled this stunt...quit the Navy in a training station after less than 6 months in service. He never set foot outside the US during Desert Storm, yet joined the VFW..and claims VA benefits like he was John Wayne...disgusting..especially after so many of us who went to Vietnam were denied any VA benefits for years. I got tired of jumping his 6 about it and no longer communicate with him. But...every dog has their day.
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SPC Russell Wiley
SPC Russell Wiley
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This is all kinds of wrong. You serve one day or 20 years, you're a Veteran. Especially on a medical that was cause by military service.
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SGM Robert Moore
SGM Robert Moore
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Wrong. My personal opinion is if you did not complete AIT then you do not have an MOS. You should not be considered a Veteran if you have under a year of service and no MOS. Again, that's just the opinion of a retired SGM with 38 years of service.
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PO1 Phillip Weekley
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I served five years in recruiting and I remember in our recruiting manual stating that you must have completed 180 days of consecutive service to be considered a veteran.
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COL Larry M.
COL Larry M.
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Literally thousands of reserve component service members have deployed to numerous combat zones, Iraq and Afghanistan, for example. The statement that reserve component members can never be veterans is either spoken out of ignorance or prejudice, or both.
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SGT Joel Bourbeau
SGT Joel Bourbeau
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Yes, so that's roughly 6 months minimum.
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SFC Kevin Childers
SFC Kevin Childers
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SrA Bruce Banner - hence the contract stating that IADT IS FOR 6 MONTHS. you're right though some reserve or national guard personnel would never be considered veterans. Some unique and/or obscure MOS's or units rarely get called up, short of a major conflict/emergency.
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MAJ Fred Zacher
MAJ Fred Zacher
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SFC Kevin Childers - To be elible for some VA benefits such as education the minimum used to be 180 days active service. Now it's even a longer period.
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SFC George Sease
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I would have to say that the person in question cannot be considered a veteran. 1. Did not finish training (AIT), 2. did not get assigned to a unit that was not a training unit . 3. Was not in a combat zone, 4. More than likely did not receive the National Defense Ribbon, 5. Did not receive a ribbon for the Cold War, 6. Their DD214 should be able to answer some interesting questions-like why did they not stay in.
I would have to say that nope. Sparky does not get to be called a veteran.
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1LT Peter Suedfeld
1LT Peter Suedfeld
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There's an official ribbon for completing basic training, but not for Cold War service. Interesting.
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SSgt Thomas Canning
SSgt Thomas Canning
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I don’t think the NDSM or Cold War ribbon is a valid argument. I served USAF 78-86 where they seldom if even ever gave even a commendation medal . Sorry SFC Saese but your argument isn’t even a valid one!
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AN Tony Leding
AN Tony Leding
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SSG Bj Wioskowski - One of the best answers re: this topic. Splitting hairs over reserve v. active and whether or not one served in combat in order to be considered a "veteran" is ridiculous. If one served their time commitment & got an OTH or better is all that should be required to earn the moniker.
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1LT Peter Suedfeld
1LT Peter Suedfeld
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As has been posted before, there is no ribbon for service during the Cold War.
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