Posted on Oct 31, 2016
CPT Aaron Kletzing
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Note: My friend Carlos is in the Coast Guard and sent me this question last night. He said he's not on RP due to OPSEC (whatever), so he asked me to ask this on RP on his behalf. He is pretty hell bent on getting this Soldier punished. Anyway, let him know your thoughts on the below.

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I’m in the Coast Guard and have been active duty for 6 years. I’m stationed in Hawaii right now. I was up by Schofield Barracks and went on base there, and went to go shop for a few things at the Commissary. I was waiting in line for some fresh meat and there were 2 Army soldiers also in line, in front of me. They were looking at me and saying things to each other. It looked like they were laughing at me. I heard one of them refer to me as a “POG” which is a slang term I am familiar with from social media stuff. I said to them “Excuse me, I heard what you just said, and I feel disrespected.” I was just trying to stick up for myself. One of the soldiers then squared up to me and said “Yeah, I did call you a POG. Because you are a POG. You need to up and leave here – this is an Army Commissary.” A few other people in line heard this and started laughing. I felt so angry that I just left the building.

I know the soldier’s last name from his top, and I would recognize his face. What actions can I take to report him to his chain of command? What other advice do you have?
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Col Joseph Lenertz
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While the army soldiers were disrespectful and childish, I don't think this rises to the level of disciplinary action beyond a counseling. Advice to Carlos: Rub against Army and Marines more often...it makes your skin grow thicker. You are a POG. So am I. I'm happy to NOT be a grunt, but so what? And it's NOT an Army commissary, it's a Defense Commissary (DeCA). Remind the grunt (non-POG) we're on the same team, and he should save his BS for the bad guys.
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LTC John Bush
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They are young and dumb. The tip of the spear is of no use without the shaft and strong hands to drive it home. It is one thing to have pride in your unit and assignment and quite another to fail to recognize the importance of the entire team.
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SN Virginia Murph
SN Virginia Murph
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Dress like a lady in public. He really did you a favor by telling you what others were thinking.
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SFC Michael Davila
SFC Michael Davila
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I was a Flight Medic and sure as hell didn't get called a POG while I was flying an injured Grunt to the Hospital. Col Lenertz, you're right. We are all on the same team.
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SFC Michael Davila
SFC Michael Davila
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SSG James Mielke - Or Puddle Pirate.
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SSG Retired!!!
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If anyone is offended by being called a POG, they seriously need to get thicker skin.
My advise, come up with some clever comebacks or carry some kleenex around.
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SPC Ron Salsbury
SPC Ron Salsbury
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SSG Hugh G. Rection - Hoorah SSG!! As a Medivac Crew Chief we heard it all. When a DUSTOFF is in bound with out machine guns blazing, that take more courage to come in and out of a fight. Secondly, GRUNT is an acronym for "Ground Replacement Usually Not Trained!" As an aviator, I am proud to think I have more brains not to be a GRUNT, AKA, "some mindless idiot," not worthy of training beyond, "here's a gun, go see if a landmine is over there."
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SPC Joel Alioto
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I was the POG of Pogs, I was a cook in a combat arms unit and not jump qualified. But I treated people with respect and if some young one decided to disrespect me, in front of his buddies Their section got substandard service. Imagine 10 cases of the most hated MRE's, coffee that tasted like kool aid, kool aid that had coffee grounds in it? Then a meal of hot pizzas et, fresh pasties, real eggs etc. c. as I leave I say out loud in ear shot of the commanders, officers and senior nco's, "oh, I am a pog and not a real soldier like you fine men? Wash and repeat after the second or third time those men were burning human waste and I was treated like a man. Don't spit on your quartermaster corp guys, You will regret it.
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SSgt Ronald Orso
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POG??? Suck it up, Buttercup. I was USAF, we're all POG's and Proud! Don't hate us because our ASVAB's were above room temperature! (You can use that line)
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SFC Michael Davila
SFC Michael Davila
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I used to tell them "I'm the second word out of your mouth (Medic!) when you get wounded". They'd ask me what is the first word and I'd say "Mommy".
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Col Rebecca Lorraine
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"Make me"? Challenge them to a duel and raise your dukes. Have them call the MPs and escort you out of the place. Make a big stinkie, kick them in the gonads, laugh in their face and tell them you have a contagious disease spread through body fluids. Beg them to hit you. Call "incoming" and run in while they figure out what that means. Call mom, she'll fix it.
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1st Lt Meghan Anderson
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1st Lt Meghan Anderson
1st Lt Meghan Anderson
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Col Rebecca Lorraine I for one would like all those who think command intervention is required exactly what they think could be done? Firstly, it is a he said / she said type of situation. No one (apparently) of any rank / supervisory status witnessed it. There is no UCMJ rule for being an immature jerk, just as there is no ref against being overly sensitive. Now if I had heard it myself, I might take a moment to speak with the name caller - but honestly that is about it. Part of being a member of the military is being able maintain objectivity, military bearing, composure etc in all sorts of uncomfortable and stressful situations. If I’m in the cockpit and we are having a serious emergency or event and a curse word comes out as I’m concentrating - but someone is offended about my language and makes a complaint about to my aircraft commander - I’m more concerned they aren’t focusing on what’s important - the task at hand and are letting their hurt ego/feelings be their focus. I keep thinking if Captain America in The Age of Ultron when one of the Avengers says a curse word, and he responds “language” - honestly if this is what you’re having a worry about - I question your metal to be having my back when the rubber meets the road.
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PO1 Kevin Dougherty
PO1 Kevin Dougherty
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Best comment I have seen all day LOL!\
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MSgt Jim Main
MSgt Jim Main
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Pretty professional synopsis. Good job Colonel! Glad to see that Nursing Corp leadership is at the tip of the spear and taking care of business.
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