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How does this work theirs a lot of Marines were I am at but not sure how to address them?
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Direct commission; what do I ask for in the contract? Can I ask for OCS, infantry? How likely is that to happen? Do infantry officers get ranger school? SFAS? What about RASP instead of ranger school? How do I ask for this stuff? I have an intelligence background, will that help? What is the max age for SFAS and RASP? I have 6 years prior service and I turned 32 yesterday. Can I get loan repayment too for student loans? I was screwed out of loan repayment the first time by a dishonest recruiter.
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Remember to keep it professional. We can fill in the blanks if needed.
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How do you keep up with the full size medals for your uniform? Does the Corps do this for you? If not, I imagine maintaining them gets pretty expensive. Educate me, Marines.
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I have heard that some feel that reservists are awarded more medals than their active component counterparts. What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Why?

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I spent 31 months in combat and can wear three Presidential Unit Citations—meaning I was with those units during the time frame they won the award. I spent all my time in combat with combat arms units, mostly Special Forces and paratroopers. (Not bragging—just making a point.)
Unlike some soldiers, I do not judge veterans on where they served, but on how they served. The Special Forces I knew and loved respected all military types and because of that we were superbly supported in return.
But…there is a huge difference in leadership between support and combat arms. An Infantry platoon leader has to make leadership decisions under great pressure that involve not only lives, but who wins or loses a fight and those decision have to be made almost instantly.
If a unit is extremely well trained, the leader has a few minutes to assay the situation and make a decision. My experiences are mostly based on jungle combat. There is nothing more challenging than leading a platoon as a young 2nd lieutenant in the jungle where you can only see a couple of your men at one time and you make contact with the enemy. You go from almost complete silence to an absolute roar of battle and in that instant you have to make decisions.
So who trains you? All the school books in the military cannot prepare you for those first critical minutes. For me it was my non-commissioned officers and troops. I was smart enough to listen to them before and during contact with the enemy. During my first year in Vietnam I relied on them almost exclusively.
When I left Vietnam after my first year, I was very bitter at my senior officers. I can honestly say I learned absolutely nothing as a lieutenant from my senior officers. They gave me orders, but taught me zero. I was bitter and it took many years before I figured out why they were not teachers. It was simple—they were learning also and were winging it. During the early years, company and battalion commanders were in the same situation I had been—inexperienced. It wasn’t until late in the war where there were battalion commanders who had been lieutenants/captains in combat and very few senior officers who had combat jungle experience.
What is the solution? It’s an oxymoron. Open and honest reporting turned into lessons learned. This includes sharing mistakes made and their solutions and that is where the oxymoron part comes in—few officers are going to admit they made errors in combat.
…and that is why I relied on my NCOs. They will not hesitate telling you they screwed up and what the results were to get your attention as a young officer.
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What would you do, if a passenger in first class "boo'd" a Gold Star family for being allowed to leave the aircraft first to receive their fallen son/daughter in the military?
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There is a soldier that failed out of WLC from failing the warrior test and his plan of action was to get a 100 GT score on the AFCT or they going to push him to get out. He is barred at the moment. Not only that. He is in the FAST class from 1300 to 1600. They also offer extra tutoring from 1000 to 1300. He asked his squad leader if he can attend. She allowed him go. Her platoon sergeant told her she was basically wrong. What I am trying to figure out is, is this possible AND if this is possible, why not let him go if they are going to kick him out if he does not get a 110 GT score? I am confused on this issue
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RP's thread about the 'Army SEAL' got me to thinking (and laughing!) about all the crazy things that are possible, so I thought it would be fun to come up with stuff! My personal favorite was 'Door gunner on a submarine.' But let's see what we can come up with, just for laughs.

Here's my True and Verified Job when I was a Navy Ranger (Honest!):

I was an M1A2 Gunner in an F-18!


What's yours? Go go! Release your inner Marine Green Beret!
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It seems like something so trivial, but is just deploying and doing your job enough to keep the respect of your combat arms peers? Does the fact that you were hit by an IED on a convoy, close enough to a falling mortar round, or engaged by small arms fire really make one a more qualified combat arms soldier? What are thoughts on those who were never in the wrong place at the wrong time?
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My goal is to pursue a bachelor's degree which service branch would help pay for my in state tuition ? I'm from Az. I want to go Army active duty once I obtain my bachelor's degree & go through OCS. I dont want to do ROTC/SMP for my personal reasons.
I will be calling my national guard recruiter monday morning for more info, I wanted to see if someone here could help me out.

Thank you!
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When I was a young teenager, I received this uniform the Honduran Army when I was 13 years old. My father had an M1 Garand national match. He sold it in 2000 for $1,600.
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I'm sure most if not all of you are aware of the shooting that happened on 14 February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Where the assailant, one Nikolas Cruz, murdered 17 students and wounded another 15.

One student in particular was 15 year old JROTC Cadet Peter Wang, who unconfirmed at this time was promoted to Cadet Corporal on the day of the incident.

Cadet Wang was reported as holding the door for his fellow students to escape rather than escaping himself, and was shot and killed in the process.

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Cadet Peter Wang was buried today, 20 February 2018 and was accepted Posthumously as a West Point Cadet in the Class of 2025 and was awarded the JROTC Medal of Heroism by the Department of the Army.
Cadet Wang was buried in his JROTC Uniform with his medal, the family was given a keepsake medal and the certificate from West Point.

There have been calls for Cadet Wang to receive a Military Funeral for his actions. There are mixed feelings regarding this as Cadet Wang was a member of his High Schools JROTC and not part of the Army ROTC or the Army.

Would it be more prudent to posthumously award Cadet Wang something like the Presidential Citizens Medal for his act of heroism since he is not a member of the Armed Forces?

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Cadet Wang was apparently buried with military honors with Soldiers playing taps at his funeral.
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Considering all the illegal immigrants in this country, do you think they should be able to use welfare or public assistance considering they aren't citizens and that many working Americans are denied welfare or public assistance.
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Should military pay be taxed? We are paid via taxes by taxpayers, and taxes can’t be taxed, so is taxing military pay technically taxing taxes? What are your thoughts?
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An acquaintance of mine has recently decided he would like to try and rejoin the Army after being medically discharged some years ago. I had given him information from AR 60-210 and AR 40-501 to start. Just so we could determine if he was even eligible to rejoin. The biggest question/concern he is having is he receives monthly VA Compensation. Seeing as I am not a recruiter I am unaware of how to answer, so I'm hoping someone may be able to provide me with some answers I can give him. He already know that in order to even go forward with trying to rejoin he needs a letter from the VA stating that he will waive his VA compensation while on AD. But is concerned that for some reason or another if MEPS decides/states he cannot rejoin. Can he restart his Compensation? he states that not getting it back would cause serious financial issues with his family and cant afford to give it up if he wont get back in. Additionally he received a severance check when he was discharged and has read somewhere that he may need to pay that back if he joins again. Is this true? Honestly any information would be much appreciated...I have searched for hours trying to find information to answer his questions but none of it is very clear.

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-Janssen
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Does general military authority allow a Specialist to require a Private to stand at parade rest for them? There was a previous thread discussing whether a Private should automatically stand at parade rest for a Specialist, but I've seen Specialists over the years tell Privates to stand at parade rest when talking to them. Can Specialists do this? It seems like an abuse of general military authority to me.
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How many sets of duty uniforms do active duty soldiers usually have on hand? I’m working through my packet to go active and wanting to know how many sets I should have. Looking specifically for number of OCP/ACU uniforms kept on hand.
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