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Beyond my utter shock and dismay at this latest school shooting, I ask myself why? Who failed “us”. why?

Do we need a ‘police state’ to moniter and report eveyone with an personality abberation?

Do too many of our citizens choose to look the ‘other way”’ rather than accept the responsibilty of reporting “deranged members of society”?

At age 12, in 1945, I was cleared to ‘fire at will’ on the farm. I possessed a 22 caliber rifle and the 410 shotgun arrived soon after.

Positive action is needed, your thoughts?
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Why do you think there are so many school shootings now as opposed to say 25 to 30 years ago? We all know that guns can’t shoot themselves, so obviously that is not the problem in my opinion. I honestly believe that there is a direct correlation between the rise of school shootings and the taking of God out of the classroom, and kids not getting a well deserved a** whooping. Thoughts on this?
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What's the consensus on dependents using rank based reserved parking at exchanges/commissaries? I believe these spots are supposed to be used by the member to rapidly get in/out of a store and get back to work, not as a RHIP reward. To me, it smacks of dependents "wearing" their sponsor's rank.
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My PLT SGT is making my life hell. He is overly familiar, inept in every way, has zero respect for boundaries. He
msgs me to discuss his marital issues, sends long voice messages asking for advice on weekends. He's an E6. I'm a SPC(P). Ive reported him and told him to stop. Ive explained professionalism. Nothing is done. Army specifics I can use to put an end to this once and for all?
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For me I am most proud to wear the American Flag!
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I think kids need to be taught more useful subjects. English, math, health, gym, history, computers are a gimmie, but I think most kids should be limited to accounting because most math as adults is money related. Additionally, teach things like: Home Ec, How to change oil/tire, apply for loans, interview for jobs, accounting, CPR/AED/First Aid, etc. What do you think?
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What is the best lesson/piece of advice an NCO or officer has ever taught you? Personally, I would say the most impressionable advice an NCO has ever taught me was that at the end of the day, my military career is in my hands. My decisions reflect my career and at the end of the day, if I want something done (schooling opportunities, career advancement) to ALWAYS push and never give up.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
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I currently use a metal pin-on unit crest attached to my beret. I would like to have a sew-on made instead if possible. I contacted TIOH but they do not make them. Who knows whether I can or cannot and where to go, what to do to have one made if it is allowed?
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I just saw this video and felt like I was watching a multi-car accident on the interstate. It just got worse as it went on. What made it so bad as this was a SGT. The Safety was professional as he could be. Hats off to him. When I heard her say "I'm not Active Duty" I would have kicked her off the range. I am glad the Safety told her that she was a soldier and that he was a reservist too. If I was her CO I would have do everything I could to reduce her. But I think if you have a NCO like this in your unit the unit itself has a lot of issues in the first place. What kills me also is that she has a combat patch.

What would you have if you were the Safety?

Just so you know that you know it is believed that they Safety was a SSG just the same as was the soldier trying to load the mag.

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Should we concerned about Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.?

I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but isn't this a little too much? Your thoughts RP Members? Check out the video

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-stockpile-insight-idUSKBN0TM2LU20151204

As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door.

Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and countertops. Outside, when they rolled up the door on the pre-fab metal garage, more arms spilled out at their feet.

“This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Six weeks after the discovery, officers are still cataloging the weapons, many of which have proved stolen, and the final tally is expected to be close to 5,000. “I don’t know if there’s ever been (a seizure) this big anywhere before,” Brooks says.

The question of how one man amassed such a stockpile of guns arises just as there is renewed American soul-searching over the widespread availability of firearms in the wake of a series of mass shootings.
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And how have these books helped? Looking to just get a discussion going of the best leadership books that you have read throughout your time in service! They can be technicial, historical, or modern. Any branch, any rank. This may even help out someone else looking to read something new. You know the saying: LEADERS ARE READERS.

Here are several that I've read that I felt were really good.

McChrystal, Stanley A. My Share of the Task: A Memoir. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2014.

Myrer, Anton, and Carlo DEste. Once an Eagle: A Novel. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013.

Caravella, Frank J. Guidebook for the Young Officer: Updated for Leaders of the 21st Century. Madison, AL: Mentor Enterprises, Inc., 2011.

Allen, Nate, and Tony Burgess. Taking the Guidon: Exceptional Leadership at the Company Level. Delaware: The Center for Co.-Level Leadership, 2001.
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I'm working with a Navy recruiter to join as an officer and he's supposed to send me information about getting started on security clearance. I'm just wondering what I should have prepared.
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A little background information:
1) About to graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry from a respectable state flagship university.
2) I'm currently enlisted as a sergeant, E5, in the USAR as a 68W (Healthcare Specialist)

Situation: I had previously contacted all the branches in regards to commissioning after graduation, and received a lot of interest from the Marine Corps. In December of 2017, an OSO had contacted me via phone and we had a good conversation in which he expressed that I sounded like a viable candidate. He sent me the "Marine Officer Questionnaire", I filled it out, and responded as he instructed. This is when it went downhill, as he never responded to my phone calls or called me back in response to my voice mails. He hasn't responded to my emails as well. I waited until this past week, and again sent him an email requesting some form of contact/information from him in regards to my potential application.
What makes it even weirder is that I routinely get emails from the Marine Corps where I'm clearly listed as a poolee, and am invited to attend officer recruitment events.
Why would my OSO be ignoring me? Is there any way I can remedy this? I recently turned down pursuing the Air Force due to a two year waiting period between swearing in and shipping out, so I'd like to see this issue resolved.
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When I retired as Acting Surgeon General of the United States Army, I promised myself that I would dedicate my time to finding a solution for the growing blindness epidemic in our country. Senator Daniel Inouye, who served our Nation in World War II, brought the true weight of vision loss to my attention years ago when he challenged the three military medical departments by asking: “What are you doing for our blinded troopers?” It was still early in our Global War on Terror—but I knew he was trying to warn us about a serious battle we would be waging at home.

I worked with our data analysts and we discovered that 10-13% of all combat injuries involve the eye, perhaps as minor as a cut eyelid or as severe as removal of one or both eyes. Wow, suppose it is the worst case…what do we do for them? In my humble opinion—not much. We suggest that they learn Braille. How many adults learn a foreign language? No surprise that only 10% of adults who lose sight, learn Braille. We give them a white cane to assist with getting around. They may be offered a Guide Dog—but there are only about 6,000 dogs in service to the visually impaired. Certainly not a solution for the tens of thousands of veterans who need assistance following vision loss.

The truth is that our veterans can lose their vision for a number of reasons. I learned about diabetic retinopathy, now the leading cause of vision loss in America. Also macular degeneration, glaucoma and a myriad of other diseases traditionally associated with aging that affect our older veteran population. Research has shown that individuals with traumatic brain injuries also experience vision changes and early onset of other eye diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control lists vision loss as one of the top ten disabilities in America, though very few recognize this. But if you pause for a moment and think about your friends and family, most of us personally know someone who is struggling because of vision loss. To make things worse, there is also a deep stigma associated with visual impairments—people assume that if you don’t see well, your brain does not work well. Who wants to be treated like that? No wonder those with vision loss have an increased risk of depression and anxiety, sky-high unemployment and poverty rates!

However, technology is starting to step into this breech. At first, the only thing offered was the ability to have text read out loud to you—which, in all fairness, was a step forward from the tradition of needing to find a volunteer to do that. But now we are starting to see revolutionary leaps in assistive technology that can actually restore vision, without the need for surgery.

This was most evident to me when I came across a new breakthrough called eSight, electronic glasses that enable sight for individuals living with legal blindness—it is the single most impressive device I have seen since my mission to advocate for the legally blind began in 2004. eSight was most recently recognized in TIME Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2017.

After learning about eSight, I went to Boston to watch individuals experience these electronic glasses for the first time. One gentleman, whose vision had been declining rapidly for the past decade, walked into the eSight Experience room holding onto a friend’s elbow. After wearing eSight for just a few minutes, he started working with the controls on the device and said “there’s a window in this room.” I was amazed as he asked to get closer to the window. I offered my arm but he quickly declined, saying, “I would like to take myself there.” Then, using eSight, he independently maneuvered through a conference room packed with furniture and people. He stood in front of the window for a few minutes and then said, “May I describe the Boston skyline to you?” The hair on my body stood at attention as he described what he could see. At that moment, I knew that we had made an incredible leap in supporting the dreams of those living with vision loss.

Will you help me get the word out to those who need this technology? Please tell those you know about http://www.makeblindnesshistory.com !
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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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