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Posted on Jan 27, 2017
MAJ Nathan W.
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MGySgt James Forward
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Interesting read but with decidedly Army slant. One of the reasons the Marine Corps is so cost efficient is that a Marine performs many different tasks in under one MOS. Take CBRN for instance, a Marine Pvt/PFC gets information at his MOS school that equals the training that a Army CBRN Capt receives. In the Army you have an one person performing each sub-specialty: Recon is one guy, Operations is one guy, Supply is one Guy, Radiac/Maint is one guy. We did not appress training people or embarkation. In the Marine Corps this is all done by one CBRN Marine. So the Amry uses 4-5 soldiers where we use one. Think efficiency. Now look at rank per billet. Lets look at Tanks. In the Army you can be a Driver, Gunner or Tank Commander as a SSgt. Talk about a stacked crew. In the Marine Corps most loaders are Lcpl, Gunners are LCpl/Cpl, Tank commanders are Cpl/Sgt. With the Section leaders a Sgt or in some cases a SSgt. The Platoon Sgt is a SSgt but he might be a Gunny.
I would offer up that the Army needs to embrace the Marine Corps model of doing business. Look at the money that would be saved. That and I can't stand to see soldiers wearing their cami's out in town. Just makes them targets for bad guys. Just an Old Master Gunny's opinion. USMC Forever, Semper Fi.
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LCpl Leland Jumper
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MGYSGT when i was in L.cpl's were tank commanders
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks
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Hey when I was in the Army my nickname was "Radar" I did everything supply and did it 10 minutes before they asked!!
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SPC Chris Ison
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Funny who you claim the marine corps has more training per MOS, but when you look at the grunts, their is a separate MOS for machine gunner/Javelin gunner/rifleman, and in the army your an 11B and that is it. As an infantryman i was trained on every weapon system the army has, including anti armor weapons like the javelin and dragon.

Ignorance to how crap works is why we have the issues we have when having discussions like this.
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PO1 Robert Wikert
PO1 Robert Wikert
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks - Every service has their own "Radar" trust me on that one. There is always, at least one guy, who can find, and barter for whatever is needed at any given time. I saw, and utilized many, in my 20 year career, the go to guy for whatever you needed aboard ship, especially, aboard ship.
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GySgt Melissa Gravila
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I appreciate your viewpoint, I appreciate your arguments, but this Devil Dog already falls under the Department of the Navy, we like our independence, we don't play well in the sandbox, I don't see this venture going well. Nice try thanks for playing (sorry for the sarcasm at the end, couldn't resist )
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks
SPC Robin Price-Dirks
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I really already have a problem at home being I was Army and my Husband was a Marine, lets not put them together. It is because of differences in training, mindset, athleticism, commitment, and esprit de corps not to mention duty, honor, God and country. I always expected the high level of esprit de corps to last through my entire career, not end at the graduation from basic. Marines seem to keep that and generally have a more motivated troop as opposed to what I experienced in the Army. Oh and I love my Marine!!
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CPT Robert Regan
CPT Robert Regan
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I believe the Marine Corps falls under the Secretary Of the Navy, not the Department of the Navy, a subtle but clear difference.
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CPT Robert Regan
CPT Robert Regan
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CPT Robert Regan - Correction, Commander, not CPT
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PO3 Jeff Reddy
PO3 Jeff Reddy
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CPT Robert Regan - The Marines are part of the Navy.
From the beginning, the word navy in the titles "Depart-
ment of the Navy," and "Secretary of the Navy" has been used in
the dictionary sense of: "the complete military organization of
a nation for sea warfare including yards, shops, stations, men,
ships, offices, and officers: the naval establishment." [Web-
ster's 3rd International Dictionary.] The term "navy" is not
meant to imply just ships and supporting assets, but is intended
to include all components used by the nation in exercising naval
power. Thus, it includes the U.S. Marine Corps.
https://www.navy.mil/navydata/testimony/history/dudley040318.txt
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MCPO Roger Collins
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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CPO David Henk
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CPO (Join to see) - Why would they want to when they have 241 years of tradition within the Department of the Navy. You gain nothing tangible.
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PO3 Nicholas Bennett
PO3 Nicholas Bennett
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I agree, operates differently but isn't broken enough to be changed. You know that in the end, money shouldn't really come into this. Sure nobody should work for free, but you're talking about defending a nation here, my ppint being money shouldn't be the issue here. If we want something as a nation such as defense, it shouldn't cost us anything but thats in a perfect world and for another debate somewhere else.
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MCPO Roger Collins
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SGM (Join to see) You are absolutely right, but who decides what synergies and equipment is best for the entire DOD components? I asked a representative for the VA why doesn’t computer systems tracking disability claims interwork with military systems in order to speed up the process, no answer. And that shouldn’t be a major effort. Our overall attitude of our organization is best prevails.
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Well-said Chief! Your’s was my planned response after finding where I threw my phone, and then trying to think of something to say that didn’t use swear words or derogatory comments about delusional policy ideas. Are you #%*$’# NUTS?!!? & “New Coke” came to mind. The article seems to support keeping Marine training Marine training, training Marines, to keep Marines. There’s a reason you have specific tools in a toolbox. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are startlingly-different animals. We need every one of these if we are going to have a capable defense posture.
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