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The reason behind the post is that I was asked for my point of view on that topic in a discussion group. My view is that while all of those things initially make people victims, we can and do grow into survivors and then if we choose to help and mentor others into the wise ones who are sought for their advice. How do or why would we do that? We do it to "Make Meaning" of our experiences.
So simply expressed: Victim to Survivor to Wise One
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Besides tithe issued equipment that are going to be brought downrange regardless of if you like it or not, what item(s) would you tell one of your first timers to make sure to bring to either make their life easier or perhaps just more bearable?
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So I recently saw an article about a young lady( used loosely) that recently joined the Air Force. shortly after joining she was recorded on video having few beers with friends driving down a road. Apparently they were out hunting some N** * their words, the Air Force kicked her out after the video surfaced and gained momentum. I know in most cases these people were raised to hate another race skin color, rather than hating for another reason like religion...lol that was a joke. But seriously I really hope that these type of people go extinct like Neanderthals. In my opinion there is no place for small minded thinking, I hate everyone equally. I say this in regards to anyone that thinks their race is above any other race because of skin color or false pretense..... this is holding us back as a species...personally. What does everyone else think?
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I'm Disappointed. As a young child growing up in America, I grew up on the legends of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. I wanted to be an astronaut. I took my AFOQT, qualified to be an officer and a pilot. Then I come across Captain Fetterman of the Lackland Air Force Base who used his position to impede a person of colour from reaching his goal of working with NASA to the great American goal of putting a man on Mars. He had an issue with me choosing to be an officer and being intelligent. He thought I was above my place and also took issue that my father was an immigrant (he's a citizen now). This is not the Air Force I've cared about and not something shared by the many people that I have met along the way who acted so honourably to all races. However, with a dead mother who wanted to see her son become an officer and help America's space program, I wonder if I really know how much my branch cared about me if it can so callously throw me aside. Today, I saw a man with a NASA shirt and I thought, there are people with dreams but more than they they have hope. I have hope as well. If anyone knows of a way to find a federal lawyer to fight this injustice and violation of my rights to equal protection from a system that just says, "No, we just have an issue with bisexual intelligent men of colour amounting to more than what they started out as"
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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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My plan is to start college classes as soon as possible. I only have one more month until I am eligible for the MGI Bill. I am hoping to take the minimum amount of classes required due to the training schedule. But I really want to get all of the general ed classes out of the way, so when my contract is over I can transfer to a university and be a student full time while still in the reserves and take ROTC. What I am in need of is some advice and what I can do make my plan more guaranteed. Does anybody have any advice or suggestions for me? Anything will help!
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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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Has anybody heard anything about the FY 18 SFC Board results? Do you think this year will be a "good" year in terms of selection rates?
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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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I have been told it’s possible, but you would have to commission in one of the basic component branches while still finishing your bachelors degree and then you can request to switch branches your senior year in nursing school?
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I am researching the history of Service Stripes for all services, but am curious about the Navy's version. I understand the regulation, but I am more curious about the general feelings toward those who wear the Red Service Stripes after 12 years, knowing something has kept them from going Gold. How do your feel about this person if you were...
a senior?
a peer?
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After the shooting in Florida many people began to say arm the teachers. But they over look that a police officer was there. As a Marine I understand how difficult it is to close on and take an active shooter even with the best training and equipment. During the Dallas shooting 11 police officers was injured and another 6 was killed. Out of all the return fire none actually hit the suspect. Infact the suspect was killed by a remote control robot carrying an explosive. The reason why the suspect wasn't killed by a well aimed handgun shot is because of what we call the fog of war. When the shooting starts panic and confusion set in and the way we deal with it in the military is continually to train for those situations week in and week out. But without a third of the training people are expecting teachers to be able to identify the location of the shooter, know the movement of other armed teachers, know the movement of the innocent students and staff, close on the shooter and fire a well aimed shot without putting any students in further danger. Is that realistic?
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This past exercise we had some Marine Corps officers that did an awesome job get an ARCOM. Unfortunately they can't wear it. I personally think if another service awards you one, you should get to wear it, especially if you deserve it. I know there are some joint awards, but not the same. Thoughts?
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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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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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Ever thought about it? It seems like people are more wanting to rise above their peers then to be building the bond that makes this military so popular amongst the nation this is a strange questing but I notice when I talk to allot of people it seems like they are worried about their career more then anything. Yes?
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If a E-5 has sex with a junior, wouldn’t the higher ranked person be at fault?
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I will try to make this short and sweet but I have a serious question. While my unit is out at JRTC I’m on Rear duty showing up to formations, cleaning, and doing what is needed to be done for the day. I was just on staff duty not to long ago and I checked my ERB and I seen I was Flagged for promotion. I was shocked that the commander would actually sign off on this and to be honest feel I am not a bad soldier. I am currently going to get surgery on my hip, an injury that has been bothering me for 6 months. (On and off profile till we knew what the issue was.) So I have not done a actual record company PT test in a long time. But a month ago I did two PT tests (not on profile) and passed both with ease besides the run. I was 1/5 guys in my PLATOON e-4 and below that actually passed their PT test and I was hurting. Of course the run wasn’t my old 13:00 minute 2 mike run but I passed. But was thinking since it was not record maybe they didn’t count that.

Before all this I felt I was getting harassed by my platoon sergeant. I have brought this up to many of my leadership such as squad leaders and team leaders and out of all of them I’ve only had one who actually helped with the situation. As time moved on right before this Sgt left, he brought me into the office for a recommendation for non promotion. He brought three negative counseling statements out of my folder and read them. 1 for pushing a buddy of mine while we were upset at each other last year. 2 for my squad as a whole not communicating well together, and 3 I didn’t have plates on my newly owned vehicle and he did not want me to drive it. That was it and all that was in my folder. In the counseling was things such as I need to improve communication and also be able to physically and mentally ready to do my job. Which comes the question what if I am hurt. I am currently back on profile after my MRI and Athrogram. Going to get surgery like I said the 13th and waiting to go to WTU battalion.

I am not claiming to be the perfect soldier but I see worst soldiers get promoted and slipped under the rug just for being liked. So can you be flagged for promotion based off injury? Or could it be the recommendation and if so would paperwork from the PA and Westpoint validate my case? Please help.

As extra here I did sign agree to the counseling stating I was read what was on the counseling. I personally don’t agree with what was said on it but I know how signing a counseling a works. Thanks!
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