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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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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1SG John Faircloth - That's true, and I'm glad you said it, because even suggesting Marines are part of the Navy to their faces is best done by 1 who can outrun them or outranks them!
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LTC John Whitfield
LTC John Whitfield
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It is true that Marines are in the Department of the Navy, the Men's department.
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SGT Team Leader
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That statement is partially true. The medics and truck drivers goes out at time, but after 2012, infantry rarely goes out (nothing for them to do).
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SSG Ken Steinhoff
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I think it was a typo. I think it should have said “unless you are a”
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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 The concept of support strictly staying behind the line and only combat arms doing the shooting is so far outdated it's laughable.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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SFC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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Either i am reading this wrong or somebody must have no clue (never deployed). Firstly, much respect goes to every single person in every MOS because we all have our piece of the pie to be the best ARMY in the world. The infantry/medics/truck driver comment is the most inaccurate ei have ever come accross. The infantry kick in doors and are always out, no mission can happen without a combat medic (medical support has to be present), and no mission driven without the truck driver. This is not online gaming. Those 3 MOSs are always put on the mission.
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1SG Automated Logistical Specialist
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Retired Operation Enduring Freedom ETT. I was rarely in a FOB. Attached to Afghan National Army units while securing the country. In 14 months I was present during 16 attacks of various types, mortar, rocket, suicide, and small arms. Our Afghan infantry assaulted, cleared, and conducted large offensive operations about 10 times. So yes, I saw conflict up close several times. I don't know what is like to serve on a ship at sea so I don't tell people who ask what it is like. If you feel the need to inform recruits about combat get some experience first, otherwise I suggest not commenting on what you do not know about.
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SPC Dan Lang
SPC Dan Lang
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I was a member of the 5TH Army Band at Ft Sheridan IL followed by being transferred to the 74th Army Band at FT Benjamin Harrison IN ( Uncle Bennie's Rest Home) during the early part of the Vietnam war so I was stateside for my entire enlistment..

I have read that there were at least 14 Army Bands during the war and we have heard of band members being wounded or killed. There were also Navy, Marine, and Air force bands over there but I know nothing about how they were deployed.

The bands assigned to combat divisions or units seldom played their instruments over there but instead pulled normal patrol or combat related activities
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SGT Terri Riley
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SSG J. That's to keep from fairly paying combat pay.
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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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SrA Edward Guest
SrA Edward Guest
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Not sure if you are right or wrong about modern day combat, but you don't have a clue about the Vietnam War!!!!!!!!!
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PO2 Steven Russell
PO2 Steven Russell
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In 1969 Vietnam, I was Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class on the USS Hospital Ship Repose (AH16). During several months of triage duty on the ship, I must of helped treat hundreds of Marine and Army combat injuries. I also experienced a rocket attack hitting the Danang airstrip and an ammo bunker days before I got flown to the ship. I did not experience much personal danger as many did but, I think, I did experience combat and I am proud of my service in a combat zone.
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CPL Roger Elliott
CPL Roger Elliott
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68-69-70 The Nam SP4 Com -- assigned with Rangers and saw a LOT of action. Just Sayin'
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LTC Joe Anderson
LTC Joe Anderson
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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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