Posted on Feb 7, 2018
SPC Benjamin Norman
37.8K
282
96
33
33
0
E. G. Not being assigned to only combat units forever
Avatar feed
Responses: 52
SGT Aircraft Mechanic
24
24
0
It definitely saves your body some wear and tear...
(24)
Comment
(0)
CPT Inactive Reserve
CPT (Join to see)
>1 y
SFC (Join to see) - That's true, but I know a lot of people that never were energetic, athletic, never ran PT, and never humped a ruck. Today many of them are worse off than me and significantly my junior. There really is no single right answer. Every "body" is different.
(3)
Reply
(0)
CPT Inactive Reserve
CPT (Join to see)
>1 y
SFC (Join to see) - Please realize, that everyone isn't always running after shiny objects. Some do. However in the detachments those schools are necessary for us to be able to complete our missions. Before I ever began a left hand list I transitioned into sterile battle dress or outdoor civilian attire. No one ever knew what we had done, when, or where. On those rare occasions we were in garrison most of us wore the appropriate uniform with rank and name. I usually wore plain basic jump wings because I really liked them. We knew each other and our brass knew us. Why call attention to ourselves?
(1)
Reply
(0)
SSG Wayne Wood
SSG Wayne Wood
>1 y
There isn't a day that passes I am not in pain from getting banged up in a nearly fatal parachute FUBAR; by the same token there isn't a day goes by I don't miss being a paratrooper and if I had it to do over again I would. No shame in not going to all those special schools and getting bright shiny badges - I used to tell my high school students to avoid them unless they really counted the cost. We each walk our own path and reap the rewards or pay the consequences. At the same time, each member of the Armed Forces is part of a team and is essential to getting the job done. My younger troopers used to talk trash about "Legs" all the time. I would tell them that if we ever got called on to do a World War 2 style combat jump behind enemy lines those "legs" would look pretty good coming down the road toward us.
(2)
Reply
(0)
SPC David Willis
SPC David Willis
>1 y
SSG Wayne Wood - And tanks would look like the sexiest thing around to all grunts.
(1)
Reply
(0)
Avatar small
MSG Dan Castaneda
18
18
0
Benefit? No. Detriment, yes. What's so good about being average.
(18)
Comment
(0)
1SG Michael Lee
1SG Michael Lee
>1 y
Well said Dan.

Refusing to be "Average" by putting in the effort to excel says a lot about a soldier's character.
(1)
Reply
(0)
Avatar small
1SG Darren James
15
15
0
Depends on your career path, but I can’t see a reason in not doing something along those lines if you know that you’re capable of being successful. The Army places a lot of emphasis on military schooling in general, as centralized (and even semi-centralized) promotion boards look favorably on Soldiers that knock them out. And having schools, such as Ranger School, completed can even open up assignments that others may never hear of otherwise (like instructor duty in San Diego).
(15)
Comment
(0)
1SG Michael Lee
1SG Michael Lee
>1 y
I agree.

Successful completion of professional education does open up greater opportunities.
(2)
Reply
(0)
Avatar small

Join nearly 2 million former and current members of the US military, just like you.

close