Posted on Mar 1, 2016
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"(Unit Name withheld) BCT ordered to remove combat patches during training at Fort NoMatter so the ones without them don't get ‪‎hurt feelings‬.

Reason? "The unit just returned from Afghanistan and almost everyone has a patch but the large influx of new soldiers are E1 and E2s that have never deployed and they are saying they are left out because they don't have a patch."
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WTF? suck it up buttercup. They earned those patches. you want one? Go out and earn it.

Should tell them if they wanted to be issued feelings they should have joined the Air Force.
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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Even though I have been out of service for 49 years, Every medal, service patch and whatever are earned. If you haven;'t one, and you want one, for for it. There are still combat areas in the world where you can get what you want, if you've got the b--ls to do it. As William T. Sherman said, "WAR IS HELL." Ask any "COMBAT VET"
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Sgt Robert Hellyer
Sgt Robert Hellyer
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I was in the AF and never got a combat patch or pretty much anything else, and I think that those who have been in combat deserve all the recognition they have earned. by the way, I was in during Viet Nam and I don't envy anybody. The wimps that can't handle someone else's accomplishments should stay in kindergarten.
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Sgt Frank Staples
Sgt Frank Staples
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Hey now, you hurt my feelings! I was in the Air Force. I got a Good Conduct...does that count??
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PO2 Michael Slachta
PO2 Michael Slachta
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This cant be a real question. should I not wear my Purple Heart because someone else doesn't have one, how about my stripes or service stripes? This type of question is a continuation of the "have versus have not battle" and has no place in the military. You earn your stripes and awards they are not given to you. As for a new solider they are visible reminders of something to aspire to not denigrate.
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This can't be true.
If it is, the Brigade Commander or whatever schmuck came up with this needs to hang up their boots.
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PO2 Ed Leidy
PO2 Ed Leidy
2 mo
WTF? As a Navy Corpsman with Marines in Vietnam I was both "In The Bush" and "back in the rear with the gear". If these folks REALLY want a combat patch, it's easy enough to earn. Just be careful of what you wish for! Seems to me that a patch is little recognition for the "combat experience", and should NOT be removed to salve hurt feelings! BTW - unless you REALLY look for the little Combat Action Ribbon on Navy / USMC dress uniforms, there is NO way to tell who "been there, done that", (except maybe by our demeanor!). Not certain, but doesn't the Army wear combat Infantry Badge or a Combat Action Badge on the utility uniform? Just asking is all. Can't see anyone ordering THOSE to be removed ! S.F. "Doc"
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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PO2 Ed Leidy - Well said Brother and WELCOME HOME.
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SSG Alford Pouse
SSG Alford Pouse
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Keep the patches. But next time I hear someone tell me that after 20 plus years going and doing what I was ordered to do and not seeing combat, that I'm not a real Vet. We are going to have a talk.
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SSG Alford Pouse - I had to wait ten years before I saw combat, but when it rained, it poured. I have many Soldiers like you who helped make me into the NCO I became - getting me ready for the time my skills would get tested. Thank you for your service.
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You don't have a patch and your feelings are hurt? Here fill this out. And when you are done, see that Colonel sitting at his desk? Yea, the one without a patch either. Yea, you turn that into him.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Open it in adobe reader or sarfari...that’s how I did it!Larry Kotz
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Copy That! ‘these trainees’ would have been TDP’d out of Ft Jackson in 1983!SPC (Join to see)
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SGT Joseph Dutton
SGT Joseph Dutton
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Love it. I have a few people to mail this to, LOL.
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