Posted on Oct 31, 2016
CPT Aaron Kletzing
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Note: My friend Carlos is in the Coast Guard and sent me this question last night. He said he's not on RP due to OPSEC (whatever), so he asked me to ask this on RP on his behalf. He is pretty hell bent on getting this Soldier punished. Anyway, let him know your thoughts on the below.

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I’m in the Coast Guard and have been active duty for 6 years. I’m stationed in Hawaii right now. I was up by Schofield Barracks and went on base there, and went to go shop for a few things at the Commissary. I was waiting in line for some fresh meat and there were 2 Army soldiers also in line, in front of me. They were looking at me and saying things to each other. It looked like they were laughing at me. I heard one of them refer to me as a “POG” which is a slang term I am familiar with from social media stuff. I said to them “Excuse me, I heard what you just said, and I feel disrespected.” I was just trying to stick up for myself. One of the soldiers then squared up to me and said “Yeah, I did call you a POG. Because you are a POG. You need to up and leave here – this is an Army Commissary.” A few other people in line heard this and started laughing. I felt so angry that I just left the building.

I know the soldier’s last name from his top, and I would recognize his face. What actions can I take to report him to his chain of command? What other advice do you have?
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Col Joseph Lenertz
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While the army soldiers were disrespectful and childish, I don't think this rises to the level of disciplinary action beyond a counseling. Advice to Carlos: Rub against Army and Marines more often...it makes your skin grow thicker. You are a POG. So am I. I'm happy to NOT be a grunt, but so what? And it's NOT an Army commissary, it's a Defense Commissary (DeCA). Remind the grunt (non-POG) we're on the same team, and he should save his BS for the bad guys.
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MSG Felipe De Leon Brown
MSG Felipe De Leon Brown
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Sandy Linden - I would not be inclined to say that the majority who claim PTSD are POGs but I would have to agree that many are.
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Sgt Anthony Leverington
Sgt Anthony Leverington
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I would love to know when this POG thing came about. I don't understand the mentality of the young soldiers today. I served in the Air Force from 1985 to 1989 and during that time, had TDY's to many Army and Naval bases and interacted with Marines on several occasions. Not once, in all that time, was I ever shown any disrespect by people from other branches of the military.
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COL Kelly Hines
COL Kelly Hines
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SFC (Join to see) - well said.
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CPT Bob Coleman
CPT Bob Coleman
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SSG Robert Webster - So only Infantry are WARRIORS? Wow. George Patton might disagree. The thousands of Aviators, Artillerymen, Combat Engineers, Sailors, etc that gave their lives don't count? Wow. That is so absurd at to need no response. I am stunned. The tankers that relieved the defenders of Bastogne weren't WARRIORS. The Engineers that played such a key role destroying bridges and halting the German advance in the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge were not WARRIORS? The Armored Task Force under CPT (Later General) McMasters that destroyed an entire Iraqi Battalion at the Battle of 73 Easting were not WARRIORS? You are too strange to discourse with.
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SSG Retired!!!
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If anyone is offended by being called a POG, they seriously need to get thicker skin.
My advise, come up with some clever comebacks or carry some kleenex around.
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SSG(P) D. Wright Downs
SSG(P) D. Wright Downs
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PO2 Steven Hardy - I went to DINFOS, the Defense Information school with all branches. There was always a Coastie who would remark that we practiced while they worked every day. But, they were always on tap for a party and they always helped clean up. I am surprised Carlos is taking himself so seriously. The USCG veterans I know and the ones I knew back in the day were more able to take a joke…and to make one.
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SMSgt Bob Wilson
SMSgt Bob Wilson
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GROW UP SSG!!! Insults are not called for in any situation. SSG, be a leader, not a winier.
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SSG(P) D. Wright Downs
SSG(P) D. Wright Downs
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SMSgt Bob Wilson - A sense of humor goes a long way in deflecting anger, teasing, and bad feelings in general. Perhaps if more people tried it there would less animosity between people in general and more acceptance in differences. I go for humor first if there is no blood to mop up and generally there will not be any blood to mop up. I knew NCOs and officers who wore chips and transferred those chips to the shoulders of those who served beneath them. There is a time and a place to be harass and a time and a place to use humor. first. The wise know when to make the judgement call. This was a case to try humor and advise the kid to learn to laugh.
I pulled the E9 slot for 6 months and did it very successfully in my section in a major NATO command. The person who had left the slot was a very effective leader and had taught me a lot. Judgement is the most important tool an NCO has.
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Col Rebecca Lorraine
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"Make me"? Challenge them to a duel and raise your dukes. Have them call the MPs and escort you out of the place. Make a big stinkie, kick them in the gonads, laugh in their face and tell them you have a contagious disease spread through body fluids. Beg them to hit you. Call "incoming" and run in while they figure out what that means. Call mom, she'll fix it.
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Sgt Brigid Totten
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Col Rebecca Lorraine, Thank you for a good laugh :D I have read through the whole line of comments, some of these people need to lighten up!! Again Ma'am thank you very much, laughter is the best medicine
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PO2 Arnold Kaminski
PO2 Arnold Kaminski
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"Kick 'em in the 'nards" Lol!
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SSG Paul Headlee
SSG Paul Headlee
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SSG (Join to see) wait! What? When did we lose duelling?
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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1SG (Join to see) - Thank you. Hadn't heard that before. Not even when I was giving super grunt a hard time.
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