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Posted on Feb 16, 2016
SSG Lon Watson
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Apparently you never have been to FT Benning at Infantry OSUT.
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SPC Cesar Freytes
SPC Cesar Freytes
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I have enough Vaseline to take what's coming but I went through army basic in the mid 80s before that I did coast guard training not fun mental SAVE SAVE SAVE KILL KILL KILL Thank god for medicinal pot or the placebo church
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SGT Brent McPeek
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Yep. I'll take my Blue Cord over the EGA.
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CPT Jim Kotva
CPT Jim Kotva
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I went to BCT in 1979 the reception station was low key after that it was mayhem till they knew who the turds where and who where not. BCT did not ease up till the end when I was in BUT we were individually rewarded if we exceeded there were no everyone gets a prize back then
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SGT Brent McPeek -YEP=and WELL= who gives a shit ?? I know quite a few Marines/ Raiders/F Recon and even SEALs that would say keep your "rope" and we will keep what we Earned and our traditions united as well. EGA and wearvthem in the skin as well. Get the rope tat .
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I like the essay length comparison on us and the Marine Corp. I like your call to action, we can always be harder and examine our culture for its weak spots. I would provide this to counter balance:
188,800 - Marine Corp Strength
490,000 - Army End Strength
348,000 - Army Guard Strength
198,000 - Army Reserve Strength
+/- a few thousand depending on what year you are talking but the Total Army is close to a million people. Not sure your going to find that many people that want to be birthed in a 56 hour hell week.

A Guardsman is made in 9 weeks of basic training and given 4 months of prep and a mob site refresher the citizen Soldier is ready to deploy. Guard units do well enough that the new Chief of Staff of the Army says in public that America will never go to war without the Guard again.

I'd also say that what you want costs some money. 546,000 Reserve Component soldiers...who all go to the same Army Basic training... costs some cash. Thats transparent to the Active Duty Soldier who is getting paid a salary 24/7 but we get to paying extra for all of those RC soldiers to be on orders- a 9 week basic training is just fine. An additional 4 weeks of training for ~50,000 RC troops going to basic every year would be about a $75 Million dollar price tag in base salary alone ($1566 for an E-1 per month).

I would propose that our roots are more good ol' boy farmer willing to pick up a gun than Spartan. The Army is a wide cross section of the population it defends. The Marine Corp is a special subset of people willing to be indoctrinated into that culture.

P.S. Marines are cool and i like what you write here despite my counter statements above.
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SFC Bruce Menard
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MSgt Roger Settlemyer - Every marine is trained as a rifleman, but not every marine is trained as an infantryman.
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Pvt Michael Todd
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Remember though the USMC only chooses the few, the proud and the qualified!
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SSG Lon Watson
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thanks for your candor on my article.
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SSG Eric Blue
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SFC Bruce Menard - Very true.
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SFC Michael Hasbun
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I'm pretty sure every former Marine wearing an Army uniform just leaned back and said "FINALLY! Someone said it!".
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SSgt (Verify To See) - Wow your female part must hurt. I am now and ALWAYS have been proud to be an AMERICAN Soldier. I have served with just about every Branch. And you are no better than the next. The Hype has to stop and give credit where credit is due. And If you disrespect me again SSG. I would like to meet you.
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SFC Mark Klaers - BE GLAD TO SHOW YOU .BTW HAVE YOU BEEN TO QUANTICO S/S SCHOOL/TRAINING .FUNNY I DIDNT HEAR MUCH "whining "there
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SFC(P) (Join to see) - what kind of "respect"is it you felt you were not given by the Gunnery Sgt. ? Especially since you infer, if you don't GET IT you throw some half assed grease monkey challenge out to him which that in of itself shows No respect from your comments.===Also a joke. Where would like to "meet up" to get YOUR respect you have shown very little of yourself? Where at by the way? The auto body pit? lol
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SSG Eric Blue
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Somewhere in Jacksonville, NC or in Okinawa, you are probably right!
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