Sorry but, REMF and POG are to different things today, REMF's are usually Combat Service Support (REMF's)not Combat Support (POG's) two different missions, and are trained for different missions. Combat Support are trained in Infantry type tactics and qualification, because in today's world they are often at the same point of the spear. Tankers, Artillery, Medics,QuarterMasters, MP's.Combat Engineers and Heavy Engineers are always outside the wire or placing wire and Clearing routes and up keeping MSR's and building up COP's and Fire Bases and outpost.Who do think places the T-Walls that keep grunts safe on a FOB, yes Grunt's live on FOB's also and some support guy's have lived outside the wire more than Grunt's today. The other thing is the JTF's like MiTT teams and PRT's that are helping shape the battle space for the Grunt's to do their mission. Service Support, cooks,Personnel clerks, Maintenance Engineers all other office types legal, PW support staff BDOC personnel and so on. The first time in Iraq invasion, we were with Marine GCE (ground combat element) and lived just like them. We slept under trucks on trucks in trucks and small one man tents (that replaced the Shelter Half) and burnt out buildings in the middle of towns sometimes, and yes we had to sweep and clear are project-sites everyday even the connecting buildings we cleared and set over-watch's. This was the first seven months and all we ate was MRE's also.
I remember being huddled under a poncho pouring rain sitting on my rucksack that was slowly sinking in the mud of the Central Highlands and thinking how dry and warm the Company clerk was back at base camp in Plekiu,and then the sun came out the next morning,as you can see it doesn't take much to make your average grunt happy,and by the way Keith my Company clerk screwed up my in country R&R.
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