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The day I turned my chevrons in for gold bars I noticed something. All the officers I've ever seen never wore marksmanship badges in dress uniforms. I just assumed they were unauthorized for officers and removed it voluntarily. I honestly never desired to wear the badge (probably because I was only ever a sharpshooter), but I haven't found any documentation specifically preventing officers from wearing them. Do you think officers should wear them?
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Since many of us have the opportunity to travel the world and visit historic battlefields, which sites would you say have been the most memorable for you? For me, it has to be Belleau Wood with a good Marine buddy of mine, and the site where the 3rd Infantry Division adopted the nickname, ''Rock of the Marne'' in Mezy, France.
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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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I have heard and seen many Middle East veterans downplay service during the Cold War. While there are many vets that served in both, I believe many veterans misunderstand the mission during the Cold War. If the balloon had gone up, mankind and our world would be a much different place. I believe the mission was to preserve the peace, because a NATO vs Warsaw Pact war was unthinkable. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions dead and Europe, if not the world, in ruin. Such a war would have dwarfed the Middle East campaigns. Through nearly constant training, exercises, blood, sweat, tears and yes.... casualties we made crossing that border far to deadly for The Warsaw Pact to consider. The mission was peace through deterrence....Mission accomplished. I appreciate all who have served in combat theaters, please just remember that combat is not always the mission, and veterans that have not engaged the enemy are no less a veteran than those that have.
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While on entry controller duty on my assigned installation we are required to render all proper customs and courtesies to both foreign and domestic officers to include warrant officers. For the most part the foreign officers respectfully acknowledge the salute and offer one back. Something I have been noticing though is the lackluster salutes given by officers from my own country. I greatly respect officers because that is what I was taught and because I know that everyone has their part to play in the military. However it is discouraging when American officers render a salute from their upper lip, or cuff their hands in the shape of a "C" while saluting. But something I just have never understood is why do Marine Corps officers never salute back? 
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In the “era of jointness”, many service members attend schools hosted by their sister services and earn qualification badges/devices for successful completion. Due to individual service regulations, members may not be authorized to wear the hard earned badge on their uniform (e.g. Soldier with Navy Service Warfare device, Marine with Pathfinder badge). Within reason should this practice change?
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Just got to my first duty station, I already have a pov & I heard at they ship it to you the first time, I just don't know the details
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Joseph R. Chenelly was appointed national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in May 2016. In this capacity, he administers the policies of AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Joe previously served as AMVETS’ national communications director.

Joe Chenelly is the first veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to lead one of the nation’s four largest veterans service organizations’ staffs. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.

Joe became a veterans advocate, a journalist, and a political adviser after his time in uniform. He covered military and veterans matters on staff with Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, USA TODAY and Gannet News, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.

Joe was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by Action on Armed Violence in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the front-lines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Joe served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005, and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C. leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.
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What are you opinions on Chaplain Assistants getting "Special Treatment" such as exemption from CQ/Staff duty, Comp-Time for working Chapel Services on the weekends, etc. from their units?<div><div><br></div><div>What do you think should Chaplain Assistants be treated differently or should they be treated the same as any other soldier in the unit?&nbsp;<br></div></div>
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I am a Loadmaster for the Air National Guard and I am in a job I can retire from. Yes it has me set for life but being 24, almost 25 I am wondering if it is 1. Too late to change. 2. What does it take to go pursue that job. 3. How to transition from Air National Guard to Active Duty Army if I did up and pursue the Army MOS.
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I am researching for an article I am working on. If you are active duty, the reserve or Vet if ordered by your Chain of command to take part in the seizure of firearms from law abiding citizens, would you follow that order?
Is there any situation you can see yourself taking part in seizing of weapons from citizens that are doing nothing more than just possessing them? Or would you refuse to follow that order?

It appears some doubt this is for a writing assignment, for those I write and am published on several news sites, Fox News, OpsLens.com, Lifezette.com and others. I'm a Senior OpsLens Contributor. In my spare time I am a freelance writer and posts my articles on "Down Range with Chris Wagoner". This question is not politically motivated as much as it is research orientated. Thanks!
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The black fleece cap is not part of the physical fitness components and is not listed as headgear according to ar670-1.
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So recently I've been flagged for multiple Failures To Report, as a result UCMJ is pending. I have accepted the consequences of my actions and am prepared to face them. I just wanted to know the extent of the article seeing as I'm still in AIT and haven't reported to my first unit yet. (No pun intended between the Failure to report and me not reporting to my unit. The FTR's are to formation) Help?
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The latest tragedy of gun violence against the LGBTQ community is just a continuance of the attack in the SC church, the campus shootings, Navy Yard assault, Theater attack, and assaults upon our children at schools. Assault weapons are the issue, not "guns." How do we fix this?
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