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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COL Carl Jensen
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Combat units have to be cohesive, take away part of it and they will suffer. When a Division hits the beach, every branch of it goes. Front line units need support to move. Every CS and CSS unit is exposed to fire, its not only the infantry. They all rely on each other to accomplish a mission. You will find Medical personnel right behind the infantry units along with signal corps units. The supply and transportation Units and the Engineers are right up front. How about the MPs? They are out there to make sure there are no jams on the roads that would stop units from receiving their supplies. They also have the responsibility of handling the PWs coming from the front. Its all like a ball game, remove one player and what do you get? It takes more than just the batter or pitcher to win.
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CPL Steve Freeman
CPL Steve Freeman
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I guess infantry and medics have pillow fights and play foosball.
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SPC Brian Mason
SPC Brian Mason
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PREACH. 10th Mountain in particular.
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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 The concept of support strictly staying behind the line and only combat arms doing the shooting is so far outdated it's laughable.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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MSG Sr Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator
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I was there when that happened. FOB Summerall. We had just finished our left/right seat rides, and the incoming unit just took over FOB security. SGT Daniel Rocco Ames
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SGT Sidney LePree
SGT Sidney LePree
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Well said SSG...
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Cpl Cailen Dixon
Cpl Cailen Dixon
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Well you certainly saw a different war than I did. I was on a small base in Haditha in '06 with 3/3 I Co. We left the wire multiple times a day. When we went through the big bases like al-Asad on our way in and out of theater it was like night and day. You all had mid-rats for goodness sake. Their idea of combat was a stray mortar every few months. My second deployment we were on one of those big bases (Camp Fallujah), but we went out for 3 days at a time. You think there were infantry that never left the wire? That's just silly.
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SFC Corrie Meade
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the surge was in 07 not 06, was on a mtt team that was held up in Kuwait waiting for transport due to the surge forces coming into theater
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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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CPO George Hall
CPO George Hall
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Same in my office 84 87
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TSgt Carl Johnson
TSgt Carl Johnson
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SSgt James Howerton - Man! I really hope SGT Bumgardener (Baumgardner, maybe?) sees your comment! That would be awesome!
Why did I suddenly think of Chris Farley?
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CPO Mark Bell
CPO Mark Bell
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Legit Chief!
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CPL Steve Freeman
CPL Steve Freeman
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That was a nicer way of saying what I said.
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