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So, I've received an email giving me assignment ''instructions'' that to report to Fort Hood this coming February, and I'm aware that SSGs and below do not usually receive pinpoint orders until arrival at replacement BN. Have any of you ever contacted a unit yourself in order to see if there is a billet, and have gotten assignment orders for that unit. My goal of becoming a Drill Sergeant did not happen because my branch manager said she doesn't assign OCONUS soldiers for Drill Sergeant duty. I have an itch to be an instructor of some kind and I found out that III Corps at Hood has an NCO Academy. Would be cool to see if I can get an assignment as an SGL. Any advice?
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I was recently reminded me of the importance and significance of mail call especially in the days before email, cell phones and texting existed in the 1950's 1960's, 1970's and I think through the 1980's. Waiting with anticipation in formation as a young enlisted man in sun. snow, rain or wind for mail call. The weather was much less important than hearing the names of friends called out to get mail and then hearing my own name which was wonderful. Going back to the barracks to smell envelopes from girl friends, read the letters on my bunk.
Later as a cadet at West Point one of the duties of the freshman class known as plebes was to distribute the mail to the upper classmen. It was a very important function and seemed to release a sense of common humanity and a brief period of humane treatment.
After I was commissioned in 1980, my mail was delivered to me except when we were away from home station when we would have mail call or else wait until the operation was over and then mail would be distributed.
Images: mail call wingen 70th ID WWII; Korean War early afternoon mail call brought these Thunderbirds in the 279th Infantry; Mail call! Pfc Glen Zachery of the 19th Army Postal Unit brings a sack of mail to the troops. Yongsan,Korea Dec 1970; Mail Call, Peleliu, 1944.
LTC Bill Koski LTC Wayne Brandon LTC Wayne Brandon SSG Jon Hill PO3 Bob McCord ] Capt Tom Brown Capt Seid Waddell MSG Andrew White SFC William Farrell SSgt Robert Marx SP5 Mark Kuzinski SGT Robert George SrA (Join to see) SP5 Robert Ruck SCPO Morris Ramsey SPC (Join to see)
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https://warisboring.com/it-s-hard-to-tell-war-heroes-from-paper-pushers-when-everybody-gets-so-many-dumb-ribbons-9880c02e718c#.pm9dk9ofb
This article makes a compelling case for redesign of the DoD medal and ribbon policies. The solution offered, wearing valor awards on the right side of uniform, may not please many service members, but it's one idea. Please read the article and take the survey.
Posted in these groups: Ribbons-banner2 MedalsRibbons_logo RibbonsAp_medal_of_honor_mi_130111_wblog Valor4276e14c Uniforms
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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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There are some things we do in the military that was deemed appropriate for the time it was created or existed, but by today's technology and standard of living and expectations may seem overkill or unnecessary. I think its time that the military evolved itself into adulthood and get rid of some things. Formations are one.

(Let me clarify - not all formations are set to disseminate information. Face-to-face can be done out of formation [if you're not stuck behind your desk], and accountability is typically done before a formation - if someone is missing, you either will call them, knock on doors, or go to their house. There are circumstantial units that exist where formations don't happen; deployments are typically one of them. Most units don't do D&C or Manual of Arms these days. So what are we really doing in a non-event i.e. promotions, awards, or ceremonies that can't be done outside of a formation?)
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There are a ton of great museums, collections, and displays related to the military, military history, etc. We've talked about similar subjects here, so the idea here is to discus & share some of these outstanding collections/displays/museums (both civilian and military) that (directly or indirectly) speak of our military history or tell a story applicable to the military experience; although some may not be military specific, but somehow relate to the military in some way (think the Holocaust Museum, Spy Museum, and others), some may be here in the States, while others may be overseas, and some may be smaller local collections (or displays that have military meaning). Still others may be private or at the HQ or unit level. Please feel free to share any photos, links, stories or anything else necessary to describe your tale; thank you for all that you do, and... see you all in the discussion threads!
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Should the Army do away with Specialist Rank and promote Soldiers from Private First Class to Corporal? What do you think are the Pros and Cons?
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18 yo Selective Reserve Obligated Contract 1. 24/7 deployment readiness 2. full time knowledge requirements qualification systems 3. risk punitive bad paper discharges same as full time guys you operate with

Difference: embedded part time on call status in full time combat unit sent home monthly yearly VA won't support IDT Inactive Duty/ADT Active Duty Training Orders Less 90 or 180 days
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I recently attended an Air Force Boot Camp Graduation and I saw an Air Force SSgt (E-5) and an Army SSgt (E-6) each wearing an Meritorious Service Medal (Both with less than 12 years service). Now I know there are some difference between branches of service, but this was very surprising considering in the Marine Corps there is a very high standard required to receive the award. Opinions please.
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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...
Posted in these groups: 524395_331088503647420_191451722_n Stolen Valor
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I was wondering if anyone has heard of or dealth with VES? I had an appointment with them for my C&P and was told it was at a chiropractors office so I assumed it was for my back. I get there and turns out it was for 4 of my current claims so i was caught a little off guard. They guy (who was pretty rude) conducted a C&P exam for back, ankle, GERD, and skin condition in less than 15 minutes total. I tried to show him pictures of my last flare up of my skin conditions and he said he didn't care unless it was there today. Same with records for my back.

Has anybody else even heard of these people? I am wondering what to expect from his report, judging from the way he conducted the exam I am thinking he is going to write there is nothing wrong.

http://www.vesservices.com/
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There seems to be a few members of RallyPoint whose military service seems questionable based on statements made. When questioned about it, they usually do not respond. I'm not saying they aren't real vets, but is there a reason why someone wouldn't (or couldn't) verify their account? Just curious, because it seems easy to do and if its privacy issues you can always send in a redacted DD-214, and adjust your privacy settings.

UPDATE: Seems like there is some issues (at least with newer members) of having a problem verifying their accounts. RP Admins: Any suggestions?
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If you could legitimately be awarded one, just one, ribbon that you're not currently authorized to wear, which one would it be and why?

My choice: the Navy Presidential Unit Citation (PUC). I've always been fascinated by this ribbon. It's the highest unit award a service member/unit can get and it is very rarely awarded.

I've always been a big proponent of unit awards like the MUC, NUC , JMUC and the Battle 'E' and I feel they're the most underrated.

Thoughts?
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Everything is in order and everything is up and running. Any ideas to kill time? I got this killer view.
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I'm hearing/reading people saying "I'm old school, therefore..." So out of curiosity's sake, where is that ever-moving line?
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