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What's the consensus on dependents using rank based reserved parking at exchanges/commissaries? I believe these spots are supposed to be used by the member to rapidly get in/out of a store and get back to work, not as a RHIP reward. To me, it smacks of dependents "wearing" their sponsor's rank.
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My PLT SGT is making my life hell. He is overly familiar, inept in every way, has zero respect for boundaries. He
msgs me to discuss his marital issues, sends long voice messages asking for advice on weekends. He's an E6. I'm a SPC(P). Ive reported him and told him to stop. Ive explained professionalism. Nothing is done. Army specifics I can use to put an end to this once and for all?
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Robert E. Wallace was appointed Assistant Adjutant General and Executive Director of the VFW Washington Office on Feb. 26, 2001, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of VFW activities in the nation’s capital. Prior to this appointment, he had served as the Deputy Executive Director of the VFW Washington Office since October 1996. Wallace is a past VFW Commander-in-Chief, having served from August 1991 to August 1992.

Wallace served as a lance corporal with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, in Vietnam from November 1967 to June 1968, and received three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in Vietnam.
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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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What is the best lesson/piece of advice an NCO or officer has ever taught you? Personally, I would say the most impressionable advice an NCO has ever taught me was that at the end of the day, my military career is in my hands. My decisions reflect my career and at the end of the day, if I want something done (schooling opportunities, career advancement) to ALWAYS push and never give up.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
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For me I am most proud to wear the American Flag!
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Why do you think there are so many school shootings now as opposed to say 25 to 30 years ago? We all know that guns can’t shoot themselves, so obviously that is not the problem in my opinion. I honestly believe that there is a direct correlation between the rise of school shootings and the taking of God out of the classroom, and kids not getting a well deserved a** whooping. Thoughts on this?
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SFC Anonymous on RP believes that my experiences shared on RP are BS, yet he is clueless about my point of view on the subject. I ask him to read my books to comprehend my views, but he refuses to read my books, because he feels my work is BS. Is such pointless disagreement necessary on RP? The disagreement was on PTSD and it's treatment.
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Where do we find the IRR rules? I have an Officer in the USAR who wants to leave his unit. He put in his IRR packet over a month ago. He did all the counseling already and he wants to get out. The Officer can't take his promotion because there are no slots and he wants to go to the IRR to get his higher rank and to serve abroad (Title 10)in a slot that requires the higher rank. He has TS and speaks 3 languages. He is getting no real progress. He could go to the IG but he rather go to the IRR and manage his career elsewhere. In today's army, retention sometimes screws over excellent soldiers who have the ability to deploy. The Higher Command, in my opinion, worries more about their numbers yet they won't promote their best due to office politics. I am not in this situation but my friend is. I am as happy as a clam!
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Fighting against his poor and negligent leadership, on each and every step of his assignment, in almost a decade and a half of active service, an officer was errantly discharged to cover-up the mistakes of his leadership, clear thru to GOs. Fighting the system; this officer was diagnosed with PTSD. Was this diagnosis another cover-up or can PTSD develop in peacetime?
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I thought i read something about this awhile ago. I have looked in a few regulations and cant find anything about it. Anyone care to enlighten me on this topic? Thank you.
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Leaders,

I conducted a barracks inspection today. One of my Soldiers, not white, had a modified rebel flag hanging in his room. On it was an eagle and written "these colors don't run".
While common sense to some says this probably shouldn't be there, is there anything that specifically says yes or no. AR 600-15, para 2-4 says a commander can have certain flags and etc removed to maintain good order and discipline.
Who or what determines that this is a violation. What may be offensive to some may not be to others, religion, heritage, etc. Your thoughts?
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A little background information:
1) About to graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry from a respectable state flagship university.
2) I'm currently enlisted as a sergeant, E5, in the USAR as a 68W (Healthcare Specialist)

Situation: I had previously contacted all the branches in regards to commissioning after graduation, and received a lot of interest from the Marine Corps. In December of 2017, an OSO had contacted me via phone and we had a good conversation in which he expressed that I sounded like a viable candidate. He sent me the "Marine Officer Questionnaire", I filled it out, and responded as he instructed. This is when it went downhill, as he never responded to my phone calls or called me back in response to my voice mails. He hasn't responded to my emails as well. I waited until this past week, and again sent him an email requesting some form of contact/information from him in regards to my potential application.
What makes it even weirder is that I routinely get emails from the Marine Corps where I'm clearly listed as a poolee, and am invited to attend officer recruitment events.
Why would my OSO be ignoring me? Is there any way I can remedy this? I recently turned down pursuing the Air Force due to a two year waiting period between swearing in and shipping out, so I'd like to see this issue resolved.
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When I retired as Acting Surgeon General of the United States Army, I promised myself that I would dedicate my time to finding a solution for the growing blindness epidemic in our country. Senator Daniel Inouye, who served our Nation in World War II, brought the true weight of vision loss to my attention years ago when he challenged the three military medical departments by asking: “What are you doing for our blinded troopers?” It was still early in our Global War on Terror—but I knew he was trying to warn us about a serious battle we would be waging at home.

I worked with our data analysts and we discovered that 10-13% of all combat injuries involve the eye, perhaps as minor as a cut eyelid or as severe as removal of one or both eyes. Wow, suppose it is the worst case…what do we do for them? In my humble opinion—not much. We suggest that they learn Braille. How many adults learn a foreign language? No surprise that only 10% of adults who lose sight, learn Braille. We give them a white cane to assist with getting around. They may be offered a Guide Dog—but there are only about 6,000 dogs in service to the visually impaired. Certainly not a solution for the tens of thousands of veterans who need assistance following vision loss.

The truth is that our veterans can lose their vision for a number of reasons. I learned about diabetic retinopathy, now the leading cause of vision loss in America. Also macular degeneration, glaucoma and a myriad of other diseases traditionally associated with aging that affect our older veteran population. Research has shown that individuals with traumatic brain injuries also experience vision changes and early onset of other eye diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control lists vision loss as one of the top ten disabilities in America, though very few recognize this. But if you pause for a moment and think about your friends and family, most of us personally know someone who is struggling because of vision loss. To make things worse, there is also a deep stigma associated with visual impairments—people assume that if you don’t see well, your brain does not work well. Who wants to be treated like that? No wonder those with vision loss have an increased risk of depression and anxiety, sky-high unemployment and poverty rates!

However, technology is starting to step into this breech. At first, the only thing offered was the ability to have text read out loud to you—which, in all fairness, was a step forward from the tradition of needing to find a volunteer to do that. But now we are starting to see revolutionary leaps in assistive technology that can actually restore vision, without the need for surgery.

This was most evident to me when I came across a new breakthrough called eSight, electronic glasses that enable sight for individuals living with legal blindness—it is the single most impressive device I have seen since my mission to advocate for the legally blind began in 2004. eSight was most recently recognized in TIME Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2017.

After learning about eSight, I went to Boston to watch individuals experience these electronic glasses for the first time. One gentleman, whose vision had been declining rapidly for the past decade, walked into the eSight Experience room holding onto a friend’s elbow. After wearing eSight for just a few minutes, he started working with the controls on the device and said “there’s a window in this room.” I was amazed as he asked to get closer to the window. I offered my arm but he quickly declined, saying, “I would like to take myself there.” Then, using eSight, he independently maneuvered through a conference room packed with furniture and people. He stood in front of the window for a few minutes and then said, “May I describe the Boston skyline to you?” The hair on my body stood at attention as he described what he could see. At that moment, I knew that we had made an incredible leap in supporting the dreams of those living with vision loss.

Will you help me get the word out to those who need this technology? Please tell those you know about http://www.makeblindnesshistory.com !
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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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The US Military has gone through a whirlwind of changes in the past 15 years. Counter-insurgency warfare/nation-building has taken the place of conventional operation. The "Strategic Lance Corporal" decisions have a ripple effect throughout the entire theatre of battle. DA/DT repeal and transgender policy changes. The overwhelming addition of communications, intelligence, observation and warfighting technology. I've spoken to veterans of previous wars and there has never been a time where the expectation, from day-to-day responsibilities to the impact of a bad decision has been higher. Send me your thoughts.
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