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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Capt Allen Faltynowicz
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If it were me, I'd make their lives miserable taking it up the chain of command. Those people show no esprit de corps and if possible get them demoted. Let them chew on that for a while
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SFC Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant
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POG means Piece of Garbage not People other than Grunts that would be POTG. POG was a common tern used to describe soldiers who did not meet standards. When I was a MI soldier in the 82nd Airborne Div. from Nov. 1978 to May 1981.
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SSG James Mielke
SSG James Mielke
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LCpl Larry Morgan - Nothing wrong with being a REMF ( am old school like you) Other than the Grunts, we are all REMFs to someone. A fact I have fun with when teasing my wife, who is formerly Army Supply and Army Nurse, when she tries telling the what's what about going to the field. LOL
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Sandy Linden
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Majority of those claiming PTSD w 15-50 injuries were POGs
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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 Michael Terrell
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SSG John Stinson - I was shopping recently, and wearing my Army Veteran cap. A man looked at me and snarled, "Army? I was in the MARINES!" I smiled and replied, "Well, no one is perfect." He got a really confused look on his face, then he started laughing. After that we talked about when we served, and what we were assigned to. :)
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SGT Gene Lineburg
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see above reply..
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PO1 Steve Ditto
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I do the same thing as SSG John Stinson except it is with Navy guys, I ask Boats or Targets, as I road submarines and we refered to them as boats and anything else is a Target. Then we get a good laugh as most of the time they are Targets and we talk about the times they thought they spotted one of us. lol
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MAJ Jimmy M.
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MSgt (Join to see) - Self-contained, man-portable, pop-up target.
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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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Paul Langtry
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LTC (Join to see) Thank you Sir for the 5 points. You seem quite certain I have no clue. I guess we have a different perspective on life. Take care PAR ONERI
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SPC Michael Terrell
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Col Rebecca Lorraine - 'A good bluff is better than a good fight, any day of the week!'
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LTC Paul Labrador
Lmao are we doing hangover. I love Hangover
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