Posted on Jun 2, 2017
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I've been approached by recruiters of both branches. They're excited about talking to me until I tell them I'm prior Army. The interest immediately fades, and suddenly they have to go. I have other Army and Marine friends that have experienced the same thing. Is there a stigma that comes with our branches that makes us "disqualified" in their eyes?
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Soldiers and Marines tend to be more vocal and blunt and hurt the sensitivities of Sailors and Airmen?
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SPC Barry Black
SPC Barry Black
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Spec4/ BarryBack and DAV- I am a Viet Nam era Vet, Army with several friends from all 4 branches. We all have used the discount without any confrontation. Don't judge the army or marines because of one jerk.
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SSgt Dave Brown
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CPO Michael Hatten
CPO Michael Hatten
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I can't remember seeing anything like that. I will say, though, that there is a basic difference in the basic nature of the services.
In the Army and the Marines, the soldier is the weapon. The soldier carries guns and knives and fights face to face with the enemy. The soldier's skill is his ability to fight. Their losses are one person at a time.
In the Air Force and the Navy, the plane or ship is the weapon. The airman or sailor operates it. Their fights are often machine on machine. Their skill is expertise in operating their part of the plane or ship. When or ship or plane goes down, the whole crew goes with it.
I think these differences make subtle differences in the attitudes of the fighters. They may make it a little more difficult a person in one culture to adapt to the other.
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SN Terry Poynter
SN Terry Poynter
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In my commands we had many that came over to the Navy from Army and Marines. Never a problem. yes, they were blunt and direct. you dealt with it and moved on. can't speak to the Modern Military or modern military recruiters, I suspect if I were the same young man today I was back then, I wold have never been allowed to enlist. Thank god I did. straightened me out and put me on a better path.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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I've read a few posts and guess I got to change my opinion. I always thought it was because we Army and Marines would being lowering the standards of the neighborhood, seeing how we are used to living in the mud, no showers for days on end, eating what ever garbage is put in front of us, and we know how to how to make the grass grow!!
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Sgt Ronald Farthing
Sgt Ronald Farthing
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I guess you missed the good stuff! I had never seen any of that stuff at any overseas location except at Subic Bay. Just cracked me up hearing the Marines complaining. That told me it was common items there. Your menu fare sounds like mine, and I was Air Force!
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SN Terry Poynter
SN Terry Poynter
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LMAO! yes, The navy is more 'refined" than grunts and cricketstompers are used too!
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Sgt James D.
Sgt James D.
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Sgt Ronald Farthing - I spent some time in subic Bay still got same as every where else!
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SMSgt Bob Wilson
SMSgt Bob Wilson
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I think Mikel is trying to make a joke. Have a sense of humor.
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I've been specifically told by current and former AF recruiters that the other service's prior service folks are too "military" for the Air Force, especially for anyone in Combat Arms. It creates a huge conflict of corporate attitudes between USAF and the PS folks, and "military" is too hard to shrug off and learn the Air Force way of doing things. And, before I get flamed, yes, those were words used by Air Force folks from E-6 to E-9 that I spoke with... to include CMSAF Rod McKinley.
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Sgt Pete Kondrosky
Sgt Pete Kondrosky
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As a former USAF Sergeant, stateside 12/1964-10/1967 at McChord AFB, WA...then S.E. Asia 10/1967-10/1968, then my DD-214, ...I saw first hand...in airports, chow halls, even coming back to McChord on the public bus (transportation), after a weekend, or even a day spent in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

I was wearing civvies, while the Army (Lewis) were in their Class 'A's....HENCE...obviously IN UNIFORM.

They were drunk, some had puked all OVER themselves, class 'A' uniforms COMPLETELY disheveled..you get the 'picture'.

Soooo...what OTHER branch...of the U.S. Armed Forces...WOULD want these bums representing THEM...ANYWHERE.

In ADDITION....academically, scholastically...SERIOUSLY???!!!
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SPC Steven Nihipali
SPC Steven Nihipali
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My uncle told me those words too. He called the daddy I joined the Army to try and switch to AF. He was retired E9 @ Davis Monthem in Tuscan, AZ. Told me he could get me any job I wanted... should've listened to him, I'd still be doing my job
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SPC Steven Nihipali
SPC Steven Nihipali
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CSM Charles Hayden exactly... once we're called to action, doesn't fucking matter... we're all going in to fuck up someone's day
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I would say it about dollars which makes the most sense! one retraining cost the service money! two where to insert that prior service person into the training cycle. three those two services have no true mechanism for the action to do the insertion of prior service members. real world reasons why they don't crave prior service personnel like the Army or Marines!
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