Posted on Jun 2, 2015
PO1 Seth Crotser
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I am a recruiter for the Navy and I constantly have "battles" with people who are interested in the Marine Corps and Army and I tell them that not everyone will see combat and that in fact if you are infantry/medic/truck driver you pretty much don't leave the base you're at. Is that a true statement? I'm not a huge fan at all about being a liar just to get people to join. Just trying to get my facts straight. Thanks
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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"if you are infantry/medic/truck driver you pretty much don't leave the base you're at."

WTF do you think the Infantry and Combat Medics do?????
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SFC Sf Commo Sergeant
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They don’t do shit anymore
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SP5 Norman McGill
SP5 Norman McGill
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I read somewhere that one out of eight actually see combat. It takes eight at the rear to supply the one in combat.
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SSG(P) Danielle Birtha
SSG(P) Danielle Birtha
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Medics... stay at base... while the soldiers they support are in combat? B.S.
Mechanics stay at base when vehicles go to combat? B.S.
They are in the thick of it... medics chasing down and treating the wounded, and the mechanics are either demolishing, or getting vehicles unstuck, or repaired... with bullets flying ...
Those who don't go into combat can consider themselves lucky.
Medics and Mechanics are too busy helping the soldiers survive... to shoot, move, and communicate..., and don't have time to defend themselves while they keep you alive and rolling against the enemy.
Respect is DUE.
Medic and Mechanic are military words for HEROS.
Since the person asking the question is in the Navy... ya'll don't know what the grunts are doing as your missiles fly over... it's pretty intense ;)
Watch some of the old WW2 movies, if they haven't been censored as offensive to those defeated ;)
Nuff Said.
DUTY - HONOR - COUNTRY
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SP5 Norman McGill
SP5 Norman McGill
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All very true SSG(P) Danielle Birtha but consider the supply line for each and every one of the people you mentioned and there could easily be 8 troops behind each soldier involved. That supply line does not begin 'In-country' but all the way back to the States.
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SSG Medical Ncoic
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We don't live and fight in a linear combat theater anymore. The concept of support strictly staying behind the line and only combat arms doing the shooting is so far outdated it's laughable. I know dozens of infantry that never left the FOB for any real combat mission, and I know dozens of support and non combat troops who ducked bullets everyday. Today's theater the most dangerous job is 88M, a truck driver. More troops are killed by IDF and IEDS than with small arms fire. In my sector, it was artillery and MPS running patrols and convoys. It was AF pulling security, and it was Navy sweeping up with EOD. That was 06 in the Surge. There were medics and corpsmen that never left wire and there were some that never pulled sick call once. I treated just as many "fobbits" for combat related injuries as I did others for wounds sustained outside the wire. This whole only infantry go out and take hits is the biggest lie we keep telling ourselves in today's combat. Our enemies do not fight on even ground with us, they do not engage our infantry in close combat regularly because they know they get wiped in most situations. They bomb our check points, lob IDF into our bases, shoot at our convoys and choppers. Sure they ambush infantry patrols but not the frequency we are historically used to in previous conflicts. Yes a grunt will see more direct combat, but we all generally have been shot at at some point regardless of MOD
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SGT Dannie T. McLaughlin
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MAJ Terry LaFrance
MAJ Terry LaFrance
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Asymmetric battle space I think is the buzzword
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CPT Jim Kotva
CPT Jim Kotva
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SFC Larry Triplett - I agree I knew a couple of 88M that got really messed up because of IED's. I also remember reading about a company of 88M early in the war that refused to drive because of not having any armor on their trucks and getting IED's almost every time they went out of the wire
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1LT James Gulley
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We used to say when they get through the wire at 3am, they don’t bother checking MOS’s!
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Sit down with the Marine recruiters in your office and ask them the same question. We had very open lines of communication with the Marines I recruited with. The more you all know about what's offered by all branches, what they do, and what their restrictions are, the better you ALL can help your applicants find what they are looking for.
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe Retired Now in Contract Compliance)
LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe Retired Now in Contract Compliance)
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Did you forget to update your profile? You list your rank as Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) but the Rank you have shown is that of a Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2). As stated by others on here, EVERYONE sees or has the potential to see combat in modern day nonlinear Combat Zones. Infantry, Medics, MP's, and Engineers Units get out every day patrolling, manning check points, and route clearing. Truck drivers (88M) are out everyday getting/moving equipment and supplies and moving troops. You argument to stir recruits away from Combat Arms is VERY flawed.
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LCDR Stephen Holmes
LCDR Stephen Holmes
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe Retired Now in Contract Compliance) - Having a hard time seeing it clearly. We count the bars, not the spaces between them, so you may be right. Cheers!
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LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe Retired Now in Contract Compliance)
LTC Joe Anderson (Taz or Joe Retired Now in Contract Compliance)
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LCDR Stephen Holmes - You are correct. I only saw two bars in looking closer I can see the upper bar. Thanks!
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CPO John Bjorge
CPO John Bjorge
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I use to tell them it all depends what you want to do. I was aviation and I was asked if I was a pilot. It was the days of Top Gun and everyone wanted to fly.
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