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If your initial answer is 'no wai! Ossifers NEVER salute enlisted first!!'....step back and reassess. Alternatively, step back and learn. Because there's at least TWO situations where this happens, that I can think of in my old age.
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Here's the background. You're a senior E5. Your troops are in formation and you're handing out work for the day. You hand out an assignment to a fresh E2 with less than a year in and only a few months at your command. They blatantly complain and tell you to choose someone else. You calmly tell them they will do this task and they tell you to shove it and give it to someone else. How do you react?
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I bring up this question because my wife was treated very pourly by another spouse because of my rank! Here husband is a Major in the Marines and she has told others that is the reason she doesn't like my wife.

Why play the "Rank Card?" RP Members your thoughts?

Why is this still happening in our veteran and retirement community? I've always addressed service members here on RP by their rank initially out of respect for what they have accomplished and then I drop it and start addressing them by their first name as much as possible. Accordingly, RP allows you to highlight the name of another member, so your RP Connections will receive an email and the rank is required - got it!

I think once we leave the service there shouldn't be a stereotyping of rank or service - we should get along and respect each other as veterans and retirees that served a "common purpose!" Again, this just my opinion!

By thw way my wife has never played the "rank card" and never will!
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Currently, the Army is the only branch of the military without a national museum - seems a bit crazy, right? Good news though...one is finally coming!

The National Army Museum will be located on over 80 acres at Fort Belvoir, VA, less than 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C. The main building will be massive - about 186,000 square feet. Most of the rare and priceless artifacts that will be on display have NEVER been seen by the American people!

Learn more about what's coming, and check out the amazing design!: http://armyhistory.org/museum-design/
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I have a friend that was falsely accused of sexual harassment. His commander opend informal investigation 15-6, and the investigation concluded with the results "guilty."
He had to appear before Administrative Separation Board, he prove that he was innocent, and all those allegations were based on professional jealousy and prejudice. unit CJA advising the commander to give him negative NCOER.
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This has always been a pet peeve of mine.  We form up in full Winter APFUs because it's friggin cold outside, and the 1SG tells us to take our pants off. WHY? It's COLD!

Am I the only person in the military who gets cold when my legs are exposed to cold air and wind? We usually just stand there waiting for who knows what to start the formation usually after it was supposed to begin. I once had to take an APFT at Ft. Huachuca while it was 30° with a really cold wind. We had to take off our pants for that one. Too cold. Way too cold. Am I just bitching? Is this because I am a Floridian?

All I really want to know is why do senior NCOs make this call? Can't we take the pants off when we actually start PT?
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What would you do if some loud-mouth moron tried to publicly "out" you for "Stolen Valor" because they didn't believe you ever served?
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I don't mean just disabled Veterans either. But any Veteran who wanted to apply to live in such a community. I heard about a Veterans only community in California but can't remember the name of it.
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Employees always tend towards what is easy to do. Everyone’s expected to do more, with less. Time’s an issue. Energy’s an issue. Systems can be an issue. Managers must get good data. You need the right data to make the right assessments. You need your team to be able to do what is right every time.*Therefore your job as a manager is to make the "right" thing, the "easy" thing to do for your team.*
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Remember to keep it professional. We can fill in the blanks if needed.
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As recruiters, we research and read all about how we can better adapt interviews to correlate with military experience. I'm curious to hear directly from military members what I can do to make interviewing a better experience.
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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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Those of you that have suffered from PTSD or currently working through PTSD, what was the first emotional growth experience you noticed after trauma? This was part of our last SAVL Group Support Meeting on SKYPE. Thanks for sharing for our veterans and service members suffering from PTSD.

Follow-on Questions:

How long did it take to see this first emotional growth?

Did others share in this experience or did you tell them about it?

Have you helped others with their post-traumatic growth?  How?

Do your good experiences happen more and more often for you now?


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A recent proposal has been submitted to the appropriate US House committee to swap the USCG from the Dept. of Homeland Security to the Dept. of Defense. Considering just past DOD matériel procurement and budget issues, would the USCG lose its unique identity if this occurred? Having served in the USN and USA before retiring from the USCG, I have real doubts about the impact of this idea. And you?
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3177428/Latin-Kings-gang-member-28-accused-stabbing-death-17-year-old-transgender-girl-burying-backyard.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0uuAnulDHY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtwBgm8HEpM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK2ECuNt6kM

'All across the country, right now, all across the world, at this very moment, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re learning that they’re different and they are trying to figure out how to handle that, on top of every other problem young people have.

'They’re getting bullied, they’re getting raped, they're getting beaten up, they’re getting murdered and they’re committing suicide. The numbers are staggering, but they are the reality of what it is like to be trans today.

'Just last month, the body of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, a transgendered young woman of color, was found in a field in Mississippi stabbed to death . . . and buried in her murder's back yard.

'Are we mature enough, do we care enough, can we stop the violence?
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I am currently at Fort Stewart, GA, for some training. Shout out to those Dog Faced Soldiers! But I have been to many bases and I have never heard so many bugle calls in my life, this also includes the playing of the 3rd ID song every morning. I swear I have seen people just sprint off when they hear a call because they don't know what to do. So far I have found that this post does 13 bugle calls. Fort Bragg got nothing on this place.
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Hey there Leaders on RP what are your comments and thoughts about this article?

I believe there are some valid points! Agree or disagree?

Leadership – A Relationship
By Nicole Lewin

There are born leaders and made leaders, but made leaders are more effective. What makes a made leader strong is that, he treats leadership as a relationship. For me, I see leadership as a way to develop camaraderie between the leader and his constituents. If you wish to know more about good and efficient relationships in leadership, then you should continue to read my article.

A lot of people might say that the existing relationship between the leader and his followers is vertical, where the leader is on the top of his constituents. For me, I beg to disagree, since leadership for me is another form of companionship, wherein their relationship is horizontal. The leader equals his followers, while his followers equal the leader. No one is lower than the other.

I would quote what Nelson Mandela had said in a magazine. In there, he said that a leader is someone who would place himself in front for others to follow. In turn, he knows how to place himself at the back to create future leaders. In such statements released by Mandela, I tend to slightly disagree with him, in a way that I look leadership as companionship.

How does leadership convert into companionship? Through companionship, you build bonds of friendship, wherein we become stronger. In leadership, the same thing happens. The leader becomes more empowered while his followers become mightier, in a sense that this relationship of leadership will expose them through the thick and thin of friendship. The power of people.

Now, imagine a world where everyone is friends with. It would had been such a good idea if it will stem through the leadership relationships of every country.
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Have a funny interpretation or application of Army Regulations?

(I'm sure that not every regulatory base is covered in the ocean of wild possibilities within our ranks.)
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Agree

There is a subtle distinction in the topic between America, i.e. the country, and Americans, i.e. the people. Had the topic been “Americans have nothing to fear…” the response would be a resounding disagree. One need only peruse the latest headlines to find stories of Americans injured and killed by terrorist violence, more often than not for the simple fact that they are Americans. But the country - the United States of America - has nothing to fear from international terrorism. The immortal words of FDR, the president who led the nation through some of its darkest hours, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” ring as true today as they did then. Terrorism, while a blight upon humanity does not threaten America, and the nation need not be gripped by an unreasoning fear of it.

Terrorism is the use of violence to achieve a political aim. It is the political aspect, or rather the motive, that separates a terrorist from a criminal, though their methods may be exactly the same. Terrorism is the tactic of the weak and marginalized, and often it is the first rung on a ladder of escalation, and seeks easy, “soft” targets that will provide the greatest shock value. If and when the terrorists are able to utilize other, more robust tactics, they can and do. But this weakness is also a form of strength, as other would be terrorists are inspired by the vicious underdogs carrying out spectacular acts of violence. The effectiveness of terrorism relies on one key element of human psychology however - fear. The mere threat of terrorist violence is of almost as much use as the violence itself when people, and by extension a nation, give into fear.

The level of fear that a nation should exhibit, should correlate to the level of threat. A threat requires a combination of motivation and capability. For the U.S.A. to fear a threat, the threat should be existential, or at the very least serious enough to cause fundamental, permanent changes to American society and government. In truth, the U.S.A. has faced mercifully few existential threats throughout its history, due to its unique geography, and other singular attributes. None of those threats, however have stemmed from terrorism. Of course there have been serious terrorist attacks that have taken place in the U.S.A. there has not been a sustained campaign of terrorist violence. While the motivation to carry out terrorist threats certainly exists, the capabilities have been severely limited. For all of its hype, terrorism is not a threat that should inspire fear, akin to the fear of a strategic nuclear strike by the Soviet Union, or a whole section of the country seceding and sparking a civil war, and the threat of terrorism can be mitigated by the U.S.A.

Though terrorism is a political act, as has already been stated, its methods are generally criminal in nature. The U.S.A. is blessed to have an effective, functioning criminal justice system. Law enforcement is adept, professional, and present at all levels, and the legal system is capable of prosecuting cases without fear of reprisal or intimidation. For all of their inconvenience, active and passive security measures at airports and other public spaces serve as deterrents to a terrorist attack. Furthermore the U.S.A. possesses an excellent intelligence and information gathering apparatus that enable it to disrupt most attacks, before they are carried out. Also, despite the real social and political travails the U.S.A. faces, there is no sizable, oppressed, disaffected portion of the population that is willing to engage in a terrorist campaign. On a more basic level, the materials that are necessary for a spectacular attack (e.g. high yield explosives) are much harder to obtain/produce and move without attracting attention. Finally the unique geography of the U.S.A. makes it difficult for foreign terrorists to enter undetected, for any would-be terrorists to find cross border safe havens, or for a foreign adversary to provide aid.

Naturally none of what has been mentioned should lessen the concern or the vigilance of individual American citizens, especially when they choose to travel abroad. By its very nature, an act of terrorism is unpredictable, and even the best intelligence and law enforcement organizations cannot detect and mitigate all threats. But America, its government, society, and very way of life are not in danger. Though the threat motivation exists, the means to carry the threat through is nowhere near robust enough. Americans should always and forever take comfort in the fact that they live in an exceptional nation that provides that sort of peace of mind, not enjoyed in most other countries. America, and Americans should remain vigilant, and respond appropriately to all threats that arise, but they need not be gripped by an irrational fear that will only serve the interests of an adversary.
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Nathan Wike is an officer in the U.S. Army and a member of the Military Writer’s Guild. The opinions expressed are his alone, and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
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This topic was taken from the list “Fifty-One Strategic Debates Worth Having”, from the U.S. Military Academy’s Modern War Institute (http://mwi.usma.edu).
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