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I’m in DEP at the moment, due to being an immigrant, so I still work a day job to keep the bills paid until I ship for BCT, but I have a signed contract and sworn oath at this point, so it’s a thing that Is definitely happening at this point bar any unexpected disaster.

One of my co workers is a retired infantry E-5 and has taken a personal interest in teaching me and learning what I know about the modern army (which is obviously all personal research at this point) and genuinely seems to be excited for me.

Every morning when he first sees me he pops a salute off and I have been responding in kind as a gesture of respect (even understanding that I am not presently military, nor is he, nor do you salute indoors or out of uniform, nor do an E-2 and 5 swap salutes as a greeting even if not for all that) but I’m concerned that this might be seen as disrespectful or even just plain silly by any other vets/active duty that come through our workplace (there is a lot, we are just south of Lewis-McChord) and I was wondering if I could get some people’s opinions on this
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As an E-4 in the Army, how would I go about addressing an E-7 in the Marine Corps or another branch? They call them Sir, do we as well?

Reason I asked I'm watching recruits from the USMC boot camp calling NCO's Sir/Ma'am, and for the Army we would call the cadre by their rank... But it was clarified below
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I’ve seen a number of posts elsewhere provocatively calling President Trump a “draft dodger” for utilizing three educational deferments and one medical exclusion during Vietnam. I know this can be a sensitive issue for many of us who have served. Many of my military friends seem to want to pile on, and comment with disdain over his actions, and this issue. Some of this is just politics, for others it’s more personal.

I’d like to present a position here that may be unpopular with some. As a freedom loving American who voluntarily served in the US Army and Michigan National Guard for 22 years, including a tour in Iraq (2004-2005), I am thankful that I’ve never had to contend with an active draft. Most of us here have served in the military. Most of us served voluntarily; some were forced to “serve”. I’ve heard some who were conscripted say they are thankful they ended up in the military, or that they were thinking about volunteering anyway. I’ve also heard some say it was the worst thing that’s ever happened to them. There are still others who can’t comment because they didn’t make it back alive.

Most of us who joined the military will tell you they served to protect the freedom that is America, and we DO enjoy a great many freedoms that people in other countries do not. Now for the controversy. Can we include a draft as one of those freedoms? I contend we cannot. I’ve heard arguments for the utility, and necessity of a draft to fight our wars. But what is a draft when we REALLY take time to consider its nature. I’d like to place two definitions below to set the premise that guides my thinking on this issue. (I always use Merriam Webster for consistency’s sake.)

Servitude: “a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one's course of action or way of life.”

Slavery: “a person held in servitude as the chattel of another
: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence“

Given these two definitions, it’s hard to argue that a draft doesn’t, at best fit the first definition, and at worst the second. When confronted with being drafted, we are given a “choice” either go to war, put your life in danger and do what you’re told, or go to jail. It’s a false choice, because either way you lose the choice to determine your life’s course of action, or you become a slave to the prison system. When I’ve made this argument, the replies, and questions seem to indicate that it’s ok to draft people for a host of reasons, and I have a host of reasons in disagreement.

“It’s a price we have to pay to live in a free country.”
Are we really free if our government can place us into servitude, or slavery without due process?

“Other countries do it.”
We’re not other countries. We’re America, and we abolished servitude, and slavery over 150 years ago. Why would we want to resurrect slavery to fight wars?

“How can we count on volunteers to enlist in great enough numbers to fight our wars?”
How about we offer commensurate pay and benefits that will draw enough citizens to volunteer? If that doesn’t work, perhaps our government should re-think the necessity of that particular engagement.

“What if we’re invaded or we’re needed to fight a great injustice somewhere else?”
If we’re invaded, one suspects there’ll be no shortage of volunteers, civilian, or military. If the cause is just, and the danger real, America has never had a shortage of volunteers.

“Don’t you find it dishonest to use deferrals, or medical exemptions to avoid the draft when others didn’t do so?”
Those deferrals, and exemptions were legal, weren’t they? Would you call taking your mortgage interest deduction, or other legal deductions to lower your tax liability as dishonest?

All of these questions, and answers, are ancillary though, because these questions ALL avoid, bypass, or totally ignore the basic premise that a draft is based upon involuntary servitude at best, and slavery at worst. So, when someone gets all up in arms about President Trump, or anybody else “dodging the draft” by taking legal deferrals, I say, “I don’t blame them”. I tell them I didn’t blame President Clinton for avoiding the draft, and I don’t blame President Trump either. My support of President Clinton in this regard back in the 1990’s certainly caused some consternation among my Republican friends. It’s the price one pays for being philosophically honest, and consistent. Some have asked, about those who fled the country to Canada to avoid the draft, while others went along with it and were deployed to Vietnam. My answer is that I didn’t blame black slaves from fleeing slavery to Canada in the 19th century nor do I blame anybody else for fleeing to Canada to escape our slavery of the Vietnam era.

I understand that the military isn’t for everybody, and we don’t want just anybody fighting next to us. I want people fighting next to me who volunteered. Someone who has that special love of country, of service, and of unit that promotes an effective force.

In summary, I start from the basic premise that a draft is involuntary servitude/slavery, and therefore I can’t blame anybody for avoiding such bonds, either within the system of deferments, and exemptions, or outside the system by fleeing the country. America is a great country because we did away with things like slavery and spearheaded the concept of economic and individual liberty. These concepts led to the greatest worldwide advancements of production, technology and efficiency ever known previous to the founding of our great nation.

I’m sincerely interested in your thoughts, comments, or questions on this issue.
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Need some help here. Been diagnosed with "chronic" disease and will be receiving a MEB soon. But the PEBLO said most likely I'll be offered only 20 percent and not combat related. Therefore I'll get a Severance. I'm at 18 years and 7 months of active service. My concern is if I try to retire and get approved I'll only have about 9 years 8 months as a Officer, therefore not eligible for the Officer retirement. I know there was a exception to Policy for officers with 8 years commissioned service to retire as an officer...but read it was expired since they stopped TERA can anyone help me?
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So with the SFC board over, and everyone got the good news or the bad. What’s your next move? Rather that be for pushing and better your resume for the Sfc board fy19? With the SSG Promotable's, will you wait till you pin SFC to start pushing to get ready for the msg board? I’m not talking about ncoers. Just for example maybe working for your mosvm, BAIB, Senior instructor badge, jump master, things in that nature. Would love to see what everyone’s plans are.

For me; I PCS’d to fort lee when the board closed. I have earned my mosvm, basic badge, and one tech cert and as far as troops I got one troop to take the DLPT( I took the dlab to motivate him to do it) he did really well, me not so much. However, as a teacher I just teach Troops about their SRB, correspondence courses, for young soldiers going to their first unit. For the Ssg that just got promoted to Ssg i just tell them what I did to make SFC gave them my “continuity book for Sfc”
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I am a Senior Airman (E-4). I have been in the Air National Guard, full time, for 5 years. I am currently deployed. My direct leadership makes decisions, such as having us pressure wash asphalt, mop concrete, and sweep sand in the desert, that I have difficulty comprehending, especially in a deployed environment. This has happened, almost always, at the direct detriment to doing my actual job and supporting our mission. To me, this does not make sense.
When I politely question my immediate supervisor, I am told that we are, "just polishing a turd," and that it is out of his control. This is after he tells me to ask why I am doing something when I am told to do, well, something that seems asinine.
One of the roles of NCO's outlined in the Enlisted Force Structure instruction is to support and explain the decisions of leadership. The same goes for SNCO's. However, this whole situation seems like absolute nonsensical madness to me.
Am I losing my mind? Am I being too sensitive? What are some tips, tricks, and methods I could use to better understand their reasoning?
There is more to the situation, however, this aspect concerns me the most.
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My wife and I just recently found out the great news however we aren't a co-located military couple, she is at Carson and I'm at Riley. I've looked through so many damn regulations and military as well as nonmilitary websites looking for a solution, thought I'd ask around.
The real goal is to get her to Riley, however she hasn't completed her TOS at Carson so we can't file for joint domicile through MACP.

She thinks there's no way the Army could just screw two soldiers at once like this, I say mission takes priority for the Army.

Does anyone have/know of any exception to policies or waivers I might have missed?
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Apologies for my terrible English. Here is the question broken down and explained in what I hope is in better terms.
The situation is that a soldier was given a false pt score by a previous NCO for whatever reasons that he had. The soldier has now changed duty stations and was promoted to Sgt rank. She has not been pinned yet but took a diagnostic pt test and failed the pt test. Now the question is being raised about her really having a 300 pt score and she is scared and has been scared to say anything about the changing of her records. My question is what can she do as for this to not effect her career in a negative way? Especially in light of her not declining the promotion. I do understand that myself knowing what is going on and not saying anything can put me in the same boat as her. I know the wrong answer is to not say anything but what's the best way to go about doing something if anything to minimize the amount of damage done to her or multiple people's careers?
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I know there are pretty strict policies concerning ADD and enlisting or commissioning, but is someone with ADD going to be set up for failure in the military? Can someone not taking medication still be a useful addition to the armed forces?
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Have you read the letter where a Student thanks veterans for classroom lessons?

RP Members and Connections here is another one of the questions lost out in the RallyPoint Space, but it's an excellent read.

Even though Veteran's Day has past, RP Members this is a very touching letter! Enjoy

The following letter was written by a sixth grade student at Kennedy Middle School as part of their informed action unit in social studies. A small group of students wanted to share their feelings about Veterans Day after listening to a presentation from three local veterans on Nov. 10:

I never knew how important it was to honor a veteran until today. Mr. Wayne White, Mr. Lou Urso, and Mr. David Brennan came to visit my school and gave a wonderful presentation about their years of military service during the Vietnam War. Their fascinating stories of combat and training show me great examples about what it means to be a true American.

During Army veteran Wayne White’s presentation, I learned a very fascinating story of his military training. He said he had to get on his back and crawl through a misture of mud and snow while dodging barbed wires. If he stood up, the large supply of machine guns sitting on the sides of the pit would pierce a bullet into his skin. Also, if he crawled in the wrong spot, bombs would explode and end his training. He gritted his teeth and made it all the way through. This definitely showed me a great example of perseverance.

During Army veteran Lou Urso’s presentation, I learned many interesting stories about his service in Vietnam. One story that stood out to me was for four hours straight he continued to go into enemy lines and rescued many soldiers. While doing this, he go shot in the knee, and the injury wasn’t even noticed undil another soldier noced the blood on his bulky combat boots. Mr. Urso earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for this incredible feat of sacrifice to help his fellow countrymen. I learned what real bravery is because of Mr. Urso’s story.

While listening to Air Force veteran David Brennan, one of his stories really stuck out to me. After training with his military dog, Tammy, for many months, Tammy was assigned to go to Vietnam but Mr. Brennan wasn’t. So, he decided to volunteer so he could be with Tammy. This example of friendship was inspiring because Mr. Brennan risked his life to be with Tammy.

These examples of perseverence, bravery, and friendship showed me what traits you learn in the military. I was so happy to have these wonderful local veterans come to Kennedy Middle School. Once again, thank you to veterans Mr. White, Mr. Urso, and Mr. Brennan.

I am grateful that they fought for our freedom and made it home safely. This is why it’s important to honor veterans.

Matthew Morgan, Mrs. Amy Perry’s class

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Ideas for sergeants time training other than the basic soldiers skills? Would a ruck march around post to see historical sites or learn unit history be a good idea?
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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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I was glad to read that this ridiculous military parade had been pushed back to 2019. In my opinion we shouldn't put ourselves in the same sentence as N.K or Russia with military parades. I prefer to speak softly and carry a big stick, these parades are just to stroke the ego of dictators/presidents/prime ministers it does nothing for the nation except waste tax payers money. Considering our infrastructure is in dire need of attention, it would make more sense to use these funds for that. But this is my opinion and I know some may think that this parade would do good for the nations morale and show the world our military strength( we shouldn't have to)
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I was wondering if I could use inserts instead of buying cold weather boots for Ranger school. On the packing list it says "200 g or 400 G Max thinsulate or inserts." I'm going through a rough time financially and I'm trying to avoid buying those boots. Ranger Savings Program lol. Any information about Ranger school is also appreciated as well.

PS can a unit force you into stabilization even though you did not sign anything to stabilize? Any information about this is helpful as well.
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Many of us who have been proud to serve are still bewildered by the 5-for-1 deal which saw the return of Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for a group of key Taliban commanders.

As deals go this one stank, especially since details are now emerging Bergdahl could’ve been swapped for a Pakistani mother-of-three.

The revelation is a slap in the face to every serving soldier and now this traitor has the nerve to rub salt into the wounds by appealing the dishonorable discharge portion of his sentence.

Some of us hold the opinion that when Bergdahl was sentenced to a reduction in rank, fined $10,000 and given a dishonorable discharge he got off lightly.

The dodgy 5-for-1 deal, brokered by the US State Department under Obama, was unprecedented and one, I’ve just learned, that was totally unnecessary.

Before the Taliban Five were released from Guantanamo Bay, Bergdahl was to be traded for a Pakistani neuroscientist serving time in prison for the attempted murder of US soldiers.

This deal was being brokered by the US military after British journalist Yvonne Ridley acted as a go between in negotiations. If her name sounds familiar, Ridley was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 and held for 11 days before being released.

Bergdahl was to be exchanged with Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who was given 86 years after being convicted of the attempted murder of military personnel.

The mainstream media likes to portray Siddiqui as an al Qaeda Mata Hari, but a close examination of the facts around her case raises more questions than answers.

Ridley told me she was days away from getting the deal done when talks broke down with the Taliban. Instead, the US State Department jumped in with the 5-for-1 deal which now sees the Taliban Five living the high life in Qatar.

According to Ridley, Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, shut down the talks. Whatever your views, trading Siddiqui for Bergdahl was a no brainer; however the elephant in the room is why this had anything to do with the ISI?

Pakistan has enjoyed billions of US military aid dollars over the past several decades, and they’ve played us for fools. While taking US tax dollars they’ve been bankrolling and supporting the Taliban ... our enemy! This is the same ISI which shielded Osama bin Laden, remember him?

This takes us back to the Siddiqui story which is an enigma surrounded by the smoky mirrors of US and Pakistan intelligence agencies. Ridley insists Siddiqui's case is a gross miscarriage of justice, but if you listen to the intel community the good doctor is the most dangerous woman in the world. I've looked into the evidence from Siddiqui's trial and in my opinion it has more holes than a pop-up target on a qualification range.

One powerful example is that the prosecution wants us to believe that Dr. Sddiqui picked up an M-4 carbine in the police station where she was being interrogated and then tried to shoot a room full of US soldiers. Does anyone know of a single case where a soldier carelessly laid down their M-4 on the floor during an interrogation?

A US soldier would NEVER, and I mean NEVER lay his or her weapon down unless it was unloaded and taken apart for cleaning. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it takes an overactive imagination to believe that a slight, untrained female overpowered a male US soldier, took his weapon; locked, loaded, took aim, fired and missed.

Kangaroo trial aside, my focus is the Bergdahl trade and why we are still subsidizing Pakistan, when it is clearly aiding and abetting the Taliban?

If this whole sorry tale has left you angry - and you damn well should be - we should demand an investigation by President Donald Trump's administration into the 5-for-1 deal.

While we are honor bound to defend freedom, it should not come at this price.
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Henry David Thoreau writes that “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable”. This may be a fact, but what is not a fact is that all men (and women) do not recognize, or at least agree, on when it becomes a necessity to revolt or conduct revolution. Although we may have differing ideas, I believe that we have already been given an exact measurement as to what constitutes an act of revolution against the American government.
In present day America, citizens riot and protest in the streets for any number of reasons. As of the announcement that Donald Trump won the election for President of the United States in November of 2016, it would seem that any reason is also a good reason to go out and call for civil war. That being said, I believe that this is absolute nonsense. I, however, seem to be the minority opinion. In September of 2017, Katie Williams wrote an article for the website “The Hill” in which she stated, “Anti-fascist activists, or ‘antifa’, increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism.” Authoritarianism is defined as the enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom. Interestingly enough, the only authority that has been asked to be obedient to is the law and I do not believe that abiding by the law is any reason to riot or revolt against the President of the United States.
In fact, the founding fathers, in their ultimate wisdom and uncanny ability to foresee the trials of this country long before they ever occur, left all of us an exact set of circumstances in which it is proper to rise up against our government. In the second paragraph of the United States’ Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers wrote,

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

It was stated outright at the very moment that our country became a country, when the founding fathers initiated their own revolution against the tyrannical government of Great Britain, the very circumstances that they say fit to begin revolution.
The opposition may argue that we are experiencing a similar state of affairs at present but I submit that in order for a government or, in the case of the always hated President Donald Trump, an individual in government to be considered to be acting in a fashion that constitutes being defined as destructive that one must first identify the laws or article of the constitution that is being violated or disregarded. I ask that those who believe the government has reached a point in which it is time to take up arms against it to point out where violations have been purposefully perpetrated, for without being able to clearly demonstrate that one’s government has overstepped their bounds into realm of tyranny the peoples who choose to arm themselves against a lawful government are not revolutionaries but terrorists; terrorists are defined as persons who use unlawful violence in the pursuit of political aims.
I submit that, as citizens of what, in my opinion, is the greatest country to ever be, that we understand that there is a need for revolution when our government turns on us, but that time is not now. I believe that if and or when the time to take up arms is upon us that every man and woman will be able to see it. I believe that it is time that the citizens of this country recognize not only that there may be a time for revolution but that they recognize the correct set of circumstances laid out for us by our founding fathers to know when that time has come.
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A handful of countries have or have had a policy similar to this (all males), I want to know how you think it would affect the United States and whether it should be all males or all persons.
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RallyPoint seems to be a great place to share our stories and pictures. I have seen and responded to first and last pictures in uniform discussion which were focuses on each of us. I would like to see pictures of us with our comrades in arms. I hope you will join me in sharing pictures of yourself with others in uniform.
Three pictures of me with friends - Top winter at Grafenwoehr in 1982 (2) graduation day at West Point on May 28, 1980, (3) attending a post-graduation wedding in dress blues for the first time in June 1980 with my two best friends; (4) Postcard of company formation at West Point in 1978. I am in the front row 2nd from the left.
I request that you add some information about the picture [where, when, who and what] when you post a picture.

[Caveat - In the West Point Graduation picture the brand new 2LT in the middle is not making an obscene gesture. His middle finger has a band aid/surgical tape just below the tip of his finger. I can't remember if he was still wearing a splint or not that day.]
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