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Ok so there I was at a court-martial asking a Soldier why he was wearing ACUs and not ASUs. He started to catch an attitude, so I told him to go to parade rest. He turned away from me looking at my paralegal, putting his hands in his pockets.

My paralegal tells him that he does not need to be looking at him, but at me, because I was the one addressing him, and that he needs to show respect. As the Soldier continues to stare out at my paralegal with his hands in his pockets, I continue to correct him when a civilian comes out to where I was correcting the Soldier stating that she had work to do and I could "yell" at him some other time.

I was so mind boggled and dumbfounded because said civilian used to be in the military. I'm sorry, but the last time I checked the Soldier was given a direct order by a CPT and myself that the duty uniform for the court-martial was ASUs and an alternate uniform had to be approved by the judge, so I was doing my job by asking him why he was in the wrong uniform and then correcting him when he began to disrespect me.

I felt so disrespected I just walked away and sat in a room to cool off.

How would you have handled the situation?
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RP Members and Connections - My question comes from (Join to see) Military Family Member here on RallyPoint who is trying to find the official recording of a song her father has sung all his life or find out where it came from.

Davida's father flew Helicopters during the Vietnam War.

Davida would also like to find out if it has more than one verse. Below is what she knows or remembers hearing him sing.

All she can remember is the following:

"Im a wing soldier, I fly above the best
Defender of the brave and the free
In the sky we do or die, let the angels ret
winged soldiers are we."

If you have any information about this song please share? If you have other songs that you know of please share those as well? Video's accepted - Thanks.
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RP Members and Connections I post this question on behalf of Sgt David G Duchesneau Vietnam Veteran and Marine.

Do you think the Vietnam War is really over for those of you who suffer from that, "gift that keeps on giving," Agent Orange?

It's been over forty-six years and ten months since David came back from Serving two tours in Vietnam and he still battling the effects of being exposed to Agent Orange. Finally, after all of this time, the VA has recognized Agent Orange. David was exposed to what he was told is, "this defoliant agent that will never hurt you or your health."

How many Vietnam Veterans have become a casualty, a statistic, of the Vietnam War?

Yes, the Vietnam War maybe over, but how many of you are still battling the effects of Vietnam? So now what happens? For many like Sgt David G. Duchesneau and so many others like him, the Vietnam War will never end until that so called Agent,"Agent Orange" finally kills them. Let's hope not!

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my 16 yr old son will be a Jr in HS this September. His wants to get his Eagle by May 2018 so he can sign up for a split training, Go to BCT next summer between jr & sr yr & then graduate HS & then AIT.
He wants to be a 68W. He wants to help save soldiers lives but he does not want to be in a clinic. He's always wanted to be a solider but recently focused on being a medic. What MOS do you suggest

He originally wanted to be 11B. But the more he thought about it the more he said he wanted to be a medic. But he had concerns. He is a very very...linear boy. But he is also very religious. He said he thought he would be good at being a medic but he had concerns about "Fighting against Gods will" He felt that if someone might die in combat its gods will. I explained that sometimes Gods will is that they live - and he uses the soldiers and medics as his hands. From that point on he wanted to be a medic. Now he isnt overbearing in his beliefs - he just believes in an active and present God. He wants to serve.

Also as a 16 yr old boy he finds himself wondering what sort of man he is. He wants to be tested. Thus the desire to be in combat I think. His grandfather was a combat vetern from vietnam and I think that drives his thinking. I know this will change as he matures - he is only 16...and 16 year old boys think they are immortal.

But if he wants to be 68W - I want to get him the paramedic test materials now and help him start studying. Its sort of how I roll... My eldest was nagged constantly to practice for asvab and DLAB etc and ended up getting top scores. I know once they enlist its out of my hands...so I just want them as prepared as possible for life. (I know...Im a total helicopter mom but its the only way I know to prepare to let go is prepare them for the flight).
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So I saw my first military poser today at Wal-Mart of all places. Had Army ACUs, popped collar, what looked like a white turtleneck and Doc Marten's boots, patrol cap on indoors, no name tapes anywhere, Marine Corps Globe-and-Anchor on his pc, no unit patches and an American flag patch with no stars. I asked him what unit he was in, he responded with being an E-7 petty officer in the Navy.

Annnnnd, go...
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No matter what side of the aisle you fall, we all have to trust our brothers and sisters will back us up when the time comes. With this in mind: Is it wise to potentially erode that trust and confidence with hyper-partisan rhetoric in the work place and on social media? Thoughts?
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For those Soldiers and NCOs who have ever had the nerve-wracking experience of going to a promotion board, what was the most challenging part? Any tough questions or scenarios that stick out? 
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What are the Best Military Monuments that You've Seen and Share a Picture?

RP Members let's get some really good pictures of the best Military Monuments!

Here is a great one. The Above Picture is: New Mexico veterans memorial Albuquerque Vietnam War!

VETERANS TRIBUTE please take a moment when you see former or active service men or women thank them. I stand and salute all as " All gave some and some gave all. "
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Outside of those who get injured and medically separated, is there a minimum timeframe service members should service to be considered a Veteran? Completion of bootcamp? Completion of first tour? First enlistment? 180 days?

Are there situations that should disqualify someone as a Veteran? Dishonorable Discharge? Requesting to separate prior to the end of first enlistment or before earning an MOS or Rating?
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I made E-7 at 19 years, and was in ANCOC with a soldier who made it in 7 years. What’s the youngest senior NCO anyone has known.
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I wonder about the sentiments of the RP military community considering the fact that 4,190 people contributed over 4 months a total of $173,550 to support Chelsea Manning for a year following her release. I would note she is still on active duty pending resolution of her appeals within the military and the civilian courts - which may result in reversal of her conviction. My point IS NOT that anyone should contribute to Chelsea Manning - instead that it may be rather important for us to understand that there are a huge number of people who do not agree with the sentiment that she should have been automatically given her last meal and sent to the firing squad, exiled to die in the desert, or some other similar penalty intended for traitors. Perhaps the American people have more of a heart than we give them credit for - or perhaps like the US Congress they believe there is too much overclassificatiion of information for which there is no justification other than to conceal our own service member and foreign civilian deaths. We once trusted our citizens to make informed decisions about our policies and operations - now we hide our work behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. Is so much secrecy really such a good thing? Warmest Regards, Sandy :)

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Army might choose SGT Audie Murphy or maybe Patton. Marines would probably argue between Mattis and Chesty. Who would you choose to represent your branch of service as a whole? They can be living or dead, enlisted or officer. Who would you choose?
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I took this photo at Seattle Pride yesterday. Political equality issues aside, I think this demonstrates a level of individual​ liberty that we should strive for in the US. Not just on specific days, but everyday. If you look close, you'll see all types of people - black, white, Asian, other; children, parents, youth, workforce and retired; gay, straight, trans, bi, and everything in between; rich, poor, middle-class, unemployed, government workers, business owners; clothed, nude, sparkle painted, puppy masked; all aspects of humanity are represented in this picture. All of these people, getting along, having a good time, being who they want to be.

This is individual liberty. This is what we should be striving for - for everyone, everyday. How do we get there from where we are today?

Link to the same photo where you should be able to zoom in and see more - https://goo.gl/photos/e9mCriVCPZFvpQAf6
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