Posted on Sep 3, 2014
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While at my grandson's birthday party last Saturday I overheard one of the guests taking to a group of men. His comment was that SOG soldiers can not be trusted when they return to civilian life. They are too focused on missions and can no longer relate to civilians.

My comment was that he was wrong. I personally know many that are a success and work as professionals, politicians, and own their own business. The focus the military veterans have and the discipline used in their daily lives give them a start on success as a civilian. Many overcome serious situations to go onto a success in civilian life.

What is your opinion and how would you handle this kind of comment?
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Jeff, this is a great question. As I'm sure you agree, stereotyping entire segments of people is never accurate, whether that is a positive or negative stereotype.

I've certainly known SOF folks that have transitioned very effectively, and I've also known some that have had much more difficulty. I believe that one of the traits that makes a great a SOF operator great is adaptability. Strong operators can therefore be successful in any environment.
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MAJ Yinon Weiss - Couldn't agree with you more.
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When in Rome, do as the Romano do. I totally agree. Adaptability is my greatest trait from military service. Tho' my wife says my FB is way too military....lost friends over it as well...who needs those kinds of friends anyways. I think I found my new FB.
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Well You'll appreciate this story then: after 7y 3m 23d as a Reconnaissance Marine...I got out. I was curious about a reserve USAF PJ position, so I enquired. The recruiter after looking at my credentials, tells me they have no use for me....I said why, I have all the schools a PJ needs, I'm saving you money. He looked me in the eyes and said, "you're no good to us, you're too combat oriented." I stewed on that for days. I still can't believe it...or maybe I can.
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That's odd that he would say that. I went to SERE with a Captain who crossed into the Air Force from Marine Recon with two tours in the box. He was training to be a CRO was one of the few that tore SERE up while the rest of us were getting our a$$ kicked.

The only thing I have been curious though is hypothetically say someone was like a SEAL, they decided to go through AF PJ training. Would they be too salty to want to go through another intense in-doc?
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Maj, I tried...the USAF told me I was too combat oriented. So I lowered my HOOAH and became a combat medic. Lol.
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Sgt Tom Vaughn
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I'm thinking he was a desk pilot. He is no different then the slim. Balls in Hollywood spreading
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SFC Ralph E Kelley
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My come-back when one recruiter in 1975 said something that was similar was to nod my agreement and say, "You might be correct - I imagine that its hard for you recruiter types to go back into the regular army yourself."
The senior Sgt was in the back room and started laughing. he came out and told the SSG recruiter that I was exactly what the Army needed.
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Tough one. Another perfect example of how the media and Hollywood are having a direct effect on the citizenry. Isn't this the image always portrayed by them? Same is true of the battle with PTSD. We, the few, are charged with educating the public as to the realities of service, transition and mental health. Not an easy task when the only thing they see on the small box, big screen, or newspapers are the negatives associated with all of it. Just my two cents.
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