Posted on Feb 3, 2017
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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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1SG John Fern
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SGT Robert Forbes - Less than 180 days cannot receive an Honorable. Discharge is classified as "Uncharacterized", regardless of reason for discharge. Formally called "Trainee Discharge", which was considered "Honorable". Change took place around 1984. Individual may still receive certain VA benefits. Decision completely up to VA to determine.
John Fern, 1SG US Army (Ret)
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Sgt Anthony Breaux
Sgt Anthony Breaux
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Why do you assume the person in question is a “she?”
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SFC David mCgILLIS
SFC David mCgILLIS
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This makes me wonder if the goal of this question is to gain some type of ammo (information) to use, so they can publicly shame a co-worker. If so, shame on you.
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PO1 Jeffrey Williams
PO1 Jeffrey Williams
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by rule if they serve 120 days and did not get out on dishonorable discharge they are considered a VET.
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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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PO1 Todd B.
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PO3 Robert Buckels - She is not a veteran of anything. I have many friends that lost a whole lot more than a "sprained ankle" and they chose to keep serving in other ways.. Had she been injured in the line of duty or in a combat area, then perhaps but in this case, no way. What does her DD-214 say?

I was assigned to special forces units in my career, does that mean I am a SEAL or Delta Force? NO it does not. You EARN the title, it is not just given to you.
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PO3 Robert Buckels
PO3 Robert Buckels
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PO1 Todd B. Well we all know what opinions are like and that everybody has one. Also her ankle wasn't sprained it was shattered.
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PO1 Todd B.
PO1 Todd B.
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PO3 Robert Buckels - So? Does not change anything. She never completed even basic training from what I read, never even made it to her very first unit.. etc..

Basically just as we saw in BOOT camp, those booted out for sleep walking or crying for mom, are not veterans either.. Those with medical conditions, they too are not veterans... So take your ankle issue and park it.. She is not a veteran. PERIOD.
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SPC John G
SPC John G
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I find this to be an odd definition of veteran being that there are many MOS's out there that are only 14 weeks long including basic training. So if a soldier is deployed right out of a 14 week long basic and air and is injured to the point of dissabled are they still not considered a dissabled vet? Or is there some kind of injury clause becuase I guarantee you that deffinition wont hold water if they applied for VA compensation after being injured.
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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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SGT Ron Egan
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CPL Michael E. R. - Well shit. There ya go. It was after I got out. See, I'm still not a Vet.
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SSG Breeze T
SSG Breeze T
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Many of your points are not required to be considered a veteran. According to the VA.gov website: The term "veteran" means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.
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CPL Michael E. R.
CPL Michael E. R.
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SGT Ron Egan - I am confused.. or maybe you got the wrong dog. I mean it has been over a year since I wrote those remarks. Would you mind catching me back up? I messed up and slept since then ;)
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SGT Ron Egan
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CPL Michael E. R. - You asked me why I didn't mention the Grenada war. That was after I got out. I went in in 1973 got out 1979. I was Infantry but never seen combat. So according to some of the real veterans on here, I'm not a real Vet.
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