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I'm Disappointed. As a young child growing up in America, I grew up on the legends of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. I wanted to be an astronaut. I took my AFOQT, qualified to be an officer and a pilot. Then I come across Captain Fetterman of the Lackland Air Force Base who used his position to impede a person of colour from reaching his goal of working with NASA to the great American goal of putting a man on Mars. He had an issue with me choosing to be an officer and being intelligent. He thought I was above my place and also took issue that my father was an immigrant (he's a citizen now). This is not the Air Force I've cared about and not something shared by the many people that I have met along the way who acted so honourably to all races. However, with a dead mother who wanted to see her son become an officer and help America's space program, I wonder if I really know how much my branch cared about me if it can so callously throw me aside. Today, I saw a man with a NASA shirt and I thought, there are people with dreams but more than they they have hope. I have hope as well. If anyone knows of a way to find a federal lawyer to fight this injustice and violation of my rights to equal protection from a system that just says, "No, we just have an issue with bisexual intelligent men of colour amounting to more than what they started out as"
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Outside of those who get injured and medically separated, is there a minimum timeframe service members should service to be considered a Veteran? Completion of bootcamp? Completion of first tour? First enlistment? 180 days?

Are there situations that should disqualify someone as a Veteran? Dishonorable Discharge? Requesting to separate prior to the end of first enlistment or before earning an MOS or Rating?
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My wife is joining the Air force and I know we will have a high chance of being stationed far apart. My wife and I have a bunch of furniture and two dogs. My question is, even if we are separated will I still be authorized to live in housing or even rent off post? Or will I be required to move back into the barracks?
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Do not include “don’t do it”, I don’t want to hear it.
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Most (if not all) veterans have some close relationships with civilian friends, although we prefer to stick with one another most of the time.

With that said, I've noticed sort of an unwritten rule, which dictates only veterans may criticize, jokingly or otherwise, other branches of service. When a civilian, never having been in any uniform at all, chimes in and decides to take part in such jabs, the civilian typically faces an unrelenting tide of verbal assaults.

For example, I recently shared the picture I shared in this post on Facebook. Now, to be clear, USAF PJs are some of the best damn special forces operators you will ever meet, most people have the idea in their heads that the Air Force has no such field...


One of my civilian friends chimed in "We all know these guys are just finding a place to set the tee." Yikes! I responded, jokingly, "Oh, funny! Wait, remind me, which branch did you serve in?" That opened the flood gates, because I have a LOT of veteran friends... My buddy was hammered, and I couldn't help him. Although, at one point, I did chime in and say he's a good guy, and I was just busting his balls... The pain was on, and it's still going.

He's taking it like a champ, but the comments are still rolling in. Comments like "What do you call a civilian that intended to join but never did? Answer: A f&$&ing CIVILIAN!"

Just for context: No one is really serious, and most of the veterans commenting know the guy, so it's all in good fun. But I was just curious, have any of you ever had a similar experience, and is this actually an unwritten rule everywhere, or did I just feed my friend to the wolves for no good reason?
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Can anyone tell me why the process takes so long for RC officer/warrant promotions to run through the FedRec cycle? I'm an ARNG officer and I've had my state promotion orders for CPT since the middle of April. I've been tracking my packet on the ARNG-G1 website and it was awaiting addition to a scroll until a month ago and last week the scroll was ready to start the approval DoD cycle. Thoughts?
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Taking things back to basics...topic areas that you would expect E-5s and up to be competent in (Counseling, Promotions, Training, etc.) but also what areas do staff NCOs find that todays line NCOs don't know but should (Readiness, Supply, Admin, Medical, etc.).

Update: Thanks for everyone's thoughts. To clarify, I am building a pre-test to be given to all NCOs to identify organizational weaknesses and gaps in knowledge that can be fixed through tailoring NCODP, etc. type training events. ie.:

1. What DA form is used to conduct counseling sessions with subordinate personnel?
A) DA Form 2166-9
B) DA Form 1750
C) DA Form 4856
D) DA Form 3650

2. What DA Form is used to hold personnel accountable for equipment?
A) DA Form 2062
B) DA Form 2823
C) DA Form 638
D) DD Form 1352
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In the AF, I received an LOR for an incident awhile back like 4 months ago to be specific. Well now their requesting a statement from me over the incident. I'm obviously reluctant to give one. My question is A. Do I have to give one? And B. Can they yank that LOR and punish me further?
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what would be the result of being caught with a septum nose piercing in uniform (Marines) if the septum piercing is flipped up to hide it while in uniform and down when out of uniform and off base?
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Do you think more or less of a commander if they get the maximum score possible on their APFT (or whatever test your respective service takes)? During my enlisted days I don't think I ever had a commander who was a PT stud. If I had a commander who couldn't pass a PT test I might honestly think less of them, but I don't know if they really need to blow it out of the water. Thoughts?
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The only thing I have to compare it to is the USMC. So any info is helpful thank you.
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I had a newer Private in my unit pose this question to me at my last drill weekend. In context, this Private was walking outside the Company area and saluted a cadet who did not return the salute. I have minimal experience dealing with Cadets, and informed him that I would get a proper answer for him. To my understanding they can be saluted as a sign of respect, but it isn't required yet.
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I was recently reminded me of the importance and significance of mail call especially in the days before email, cell phones and texting existed in the 1950's 1960's, 1970's and I think through the 1980's. Waiting with anticipation in formation as a young enlisted man in sun. snow, rain or wind for mail call. The weather was much less important than hearing the names of friends called out to get mail and then hearing my own name which was wonderful. Going back to the barracks to smell envelopes from girl friends, read the letters on my bunk.
Later as a cadet at West Point one of the duties of the freshman class known as plebes was to distribute the mail to the upper classmen. It was a very important function and seemed to release a sense of common humanity and a brief period of humane treatment.
After I was commissioned in 1980, my mail was delivered to me except when we were away from home station when we would have mail call or else wait until the operation was over and then mail would be distributed.
Images: mail call wingen 70th ID WWII; Korean War early afternoon mail call brought these Thunderbirds in the 279th Infantry; Mail call! Pfc Glen Zachery of the 19th Army Postal Unit brings a sack of mail to the
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I'm looking for another gun mold to make kydex holsters, but want to make sure I get something people will want.
In the past I've gotten some that are less than popular.
Some ideas I'm kicking around are:
Sig p365
Sig p320
Glock 42
S&W Shield
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Let me know in the comments well...just yout think. Thanks for the assistance.
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Where do you rank "wisdom" in conjunction with other leadership attributes or characteristics? Can it be taught or does it develop over time? Is there such a thing as young wisdom versus old wisdom?

Share your thoughts about the importance of wisdom in today's military leadership? Is it present today in our leadership, are we losing it, and will it be there for in the future?

Should we place a higher emphasis on Wisdom during junior and senior leadership training?
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Leaders,

I conducted a barracks inspection today. One of my Soldiers, not white, had a modified rebel flag hanging in his room. On it was an eagle and written "these colors don't run".
While common sense to some says this probably shouldn't be there, is there anything that specifically says yes or no. AR 600-15, para 2-4 says a commander can have certain flags and etc removed to maintain good order and discipline.
Who or what determines that this is a violation. What may be offensive to some may not be to others, religion, heritage, etc. Your thoughts?
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Currently an aviation major in college and Cadet in the Army National Guard. Hoping to go to Army flight school upon graduation. I will be entering my junior year of college in fall and was looking to start applying and eventually enter in a airline cadet program or something of the sort. I know of the big name ones out there, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? Also, does anyone know if I would qualify for a rotary transition program after Army flight school even if I have my ratings? The money from the transition program could help me get to my minimums faster, as I obviously won’t be there upon college graduation and commissioning.
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I'm 17, at the end of my junior year, and I've been talking to recruiters from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. If I HAD to fly helos, I would, but I'd prefer fixed wing craft. Whether it's cargo, bombers, or fighters. I could go through WOFT and have a good shot at being accepted, go through STA-21 in the Navy, or go through the Air Force and apply to be an officer after three years once I have my bachelor's (I'd take classes while enlisted.) Out of these options, which should I choose, why, and let me know of any other options I have. I don't necessarily want the easiest route, but I do want the best shot I can get at my dream of flying fighters or something similar, even flying attack choppers like the AH-1 would be good for me.
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I haven't really been able to find answers to this question. I have known some people in my platoon for a longer time and I wonder how I should introduce myself to my new platoon. What should I mention? What should I avoid?
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