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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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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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I live in a small town named Peachtree City.
We have an individual here who is running for City Councel and claims to be a Navy Veteran.
I have very strong inclinations that this is false and would like help in uncovering the truth as quickly as possible.
His name is Don Haddix and was born in 1951.
Thank you *VERY* much!!
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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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The Soldier has now failed 5 consecutive APFTs over several months. He is being chaptered and is likely within a few months of being out of the military if everything goes smooth. His current ETS is over a year out and he and his wife just leased a new house last month. He hasn't told her yet that anything is wrong or that he may be out of a job soon.

In the best interest of the spouse, I want to make sure that she is aware that the Soldier will likely be out of the Army very shortly (no need to tell her why) so that they can make better plans for post military life.
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What is your favorite military weapon you've ever used. It can be because of its lethality or just because it made you want get up and yell "MURICA". Keep it within the military arsenal though. It can be anywhere from a K-Bar to an A-10. But you yourself have to have used it or shot it.

My favorite weapon that I have ever used is the M134 Minigun. If you're ever in doubt unload massive amounts of freedom on your enemies.
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I am in the process of applying to AMEDD Direct Commission Program. I am wondering whether in-service (Active Duty) applicants need interim clearance at the time of selection board? Or background investigation for security clearance will only be initiated upon selection?
I obtained favorable SSBI adjudication (Tier 3 clearance) when I enlisted. I didn't get clear answer on whether my SSBI adjudication will be used to give me clearance or they will initiate a new investigation altogether ? Please provide your inputs.

Thank you in advance for your answers.
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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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Note: My friend Carlos is in the Coast Guard and sent me this question last night. He said he's not on RP due to OPSEC (whatever), so he asked me to ask this on RP on his behalf. He is pretty hell bent on getting this Soldier punished. Anyway, let him know your thoughts on the below.

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I’m in the Coast Guard and have been active duty for 6 years. I’m stationed in Hawaii right now. I was up by Schofield Barracks and went on base there, and went to go shop for a few things at the Commissary. I was waiting in line for some fresh meat and there were 2 Army soldiers also in line, in front of me. They were looking at me and saying things to each other. It looked like they were laughing at me. I heard one of them refer to me as a “POG” which is a slang term I am familiar with from social media stuff. I said to them “Excuse me, I heard what you just said, and I feel disrespected.” I was just trying to stick up for myself. One of the soldiers then squared up to me and said “Yeah, I did call you a POG. Because you are a POG. You need to up and leave here – this is an Army Commissary.” A few other people in line heard this and started laughing. I felt so angry that I just left the building.

I know the soldier’s last name from his top, and I would recognize his face. What actions can I take to report him to his chain of command? What other advice do you have?
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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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I have been out since 1991 right after Desert Storm ,I have noticed several veterans that I served with wearing medals on their veteran ball caps at reunions and parades and such that are not on our DD214 ,I asked what is that and they said Cold War Medal ,I said I dont have that on my DD214 ,they reply you dont have to that it is rewarded to automatically to any veteran or military personnel that served 1945 thru 1991 ? My unit was only rewarded with 2 of the 3 main medals in Desert Storm ,Southwest Asia Service Metal and Liberation of Kuwait Medal we did not get the Saudi Arabia Desert Storm Victory Metal. Thise same veterans wear them and tell me since the kingdom of Saudi Arabia awarded them to us? We are also authorized to wear it ? I have researched and researched the internet and I cannot find any info or list on this subject?
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I am currently in a training environment and we were ordered to don gas mask as they wear expecting a chemical attack. I was curious as to if this is a practical experience as the mask itself limits my vision which I find important in the kitchen
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It seems like more often than not NCOs of higher rank address lower enlisted NCOs by just their last name. According to AR 600-20, all NCOs have a title. And as we all know we address E-5 to E-7 as Sergeant and E-8 and above by their full rank. Most of us have earned the rank we wear on our chest so aren't we entitled to some level of courtesy by senior NCOs. And not just NCOs, but officers as well. What type of message does this send to our junior enlisted when you treat NCOs like that in front of everyone? It is not an egotistical thing. I just think we deserve to be treated with respect. Any opinions?
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I have been thinking lately about which base to PCS to.
I am a 13B so i would be attached to a artillery unit.
My choices are Fort Stewart Georgia, will be apart of the 3rd ID Divarty
Fort Campbell, Kentucky 101st Divarty
I would like to know any experience with the 2 to help me make my decision.
The Good the bad and the ugly...
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Considering the fact that many prior service personnel might want to get back in after say, raising a family, and that there are many talented older people that might be willing to give a few years in service to their country, there is an untapped potential pool of folks out there. Are there jobs they can fill to release younger folks for deployment/combat?
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I'm considering reclassing from 25C to 68F once I make E5. Anyone out there have some details about the good, bad, and ugly parts of the job? Would you recommend it? Is this an MOS where my leadership will allow me to go to schools, both military and civilian? Thanks!
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In Kerala, India the floods have wrecked havoc and people are crammed in makeshift shelters ignorant of whether they will live to see their homes again. Some don't even have basic necessities in these shelters. It is a national crisis. In the midst of it all, a professional took to social media claiming that the affected were only from upper and middle class societies. Media investigated and found the opposite to be true. However, by then social media had praised the reporting professional for fake news. Did this professional need to spread fake news and garner credit for inconsistent information?

Many moons ago, a junior officer in the US Army was busy doing his job and earning credit properly. A new senior experienced this junior winning the respect of all alike, which didn't sit too well with that new superior. The superior officer threatened his understudy with his wrath, behind closed doors, but those threats proved useless in the face of respect. The superior officer then used the MHE to put the junior in disrepute, but this failed too. Then, the new senior spread fake news against his understudy and this time it worked to ruin the junior and bring that officer into disrepute. Once in disrepute, the superior officer revisited the MHE and attempted again to further damage the junior officer, but the attempt was unsuccessful again. A few months later, spreading fake news, the superior officer was successful in using the EMHE to illegally imprison his junior. Has the senior officer won or; has the Army been weakened or; the fall of one junior by the wrath of a superior is of no consequence in the Army?

I know this is life, but does life call for such unjust behavior in society?
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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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Recently, I had a long and heated discussion with a fellow veteran about this issue. I don't know for sure whether a branch-specific reg or a DoD-wide reg exists that prohibits/allows personnel on a military installation to display the Confederate flag on their personal vehicle or on their person (e.g. a belt buckle). Maybe this is a base-specific policy and left to the judgment of the installation commander. Display of the Confederate flag is a divisive issue and people often feel really strongly one way or the other. But today, it is still a relevant topic and touches on other military leadership/discipline areas, including the actions of one member deeply offending another member -- regardless of whether said action is legal/authorized. That can create huge problems in a military unit, and this happened in a unit I personally served in. So, below are my questions for the RallyPoint community about this issue.

Please try to keep comments professional (don't attack one another) and explain your thoughts as best you can.

Questions:
(1) How do you feel about the Confederate flag being displayed on the vehicle/person of a service member if he/she is ON post? How does your opinion change if the member is OFF post?
(2) What does the Confederate flag symbolize to you personally? What do you think it can symbolize to other people around you who may perceive it differently?
(3) If you have personally experienced a military-related situation where a symbol/flag caused someone to be offended, what happened and what did you/would you have done as the leader?

I look fwd to everyone's thoughts on this. Personally, I have some strong feelings about this issue, though I don't want to bias people's answers upfront. Please be as honest as possible.

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