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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Feb 16, 2016
SSG Lon Watson
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SFC S2 Intelligence Ncoic
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Apparently you never have been to FT Benning at Infantry OSUT.
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CMSgt Dennis Hawxhurst
CMSgt Dennis Hawxhurst
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That visit was in 2010
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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
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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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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Exactly, I am prior service AF and when I was looking to switching to JAG in law school I looked at every branch except the Marines...why because every Marine is a rifleman first...That is not what I wanted ( If I was going to do that shit I would have done it when I was 20). Do I think all the services could use more workable combat training YES. All my training comes from Krav, obtained outside of my work as a hobby but each branch has their skill set, Marines are damn useful but it takes a unique mindset that would not be an asset in every environment.
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Cpl Clinton Britt
Cpl Clinton Britt
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Thank you Sir. Yall can be pretty cool to
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SFC Bruce Menard
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
Pvt Michael Todd
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Remember though the USMC only chooses the few, the proud and the qualified!
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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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MSgt Public Affairs Specialist
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I've never met a Marine who's told me "I almost joined the Army..."
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SPC Vonnie Jones
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Lol
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SFC Mark Klaers
SFC Mark Klaers
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I can also tell you of the four Marines(and three Airborne)I had transfer into my FLARNG battalion all whined and bitched constantly and only two(one each)could weapons qual, the Marine complaining about timed targets and holes in the center mass areas. For such renown marksman, I just never really saw what all the hype was about.
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