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
Posted 5 y ago
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 The concept of support strictly staying behind the line and only combat arms doing the shooting is so far outdated it's laughable.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
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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