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SSgt Gary Andrews
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I used to hear similar remarks in the Marines........"he's not a "real" Marine......usually made in reference to someone who had never served in combat (of which I was one who didn't). As was explained to me in stark terms by one of my drill instructors (it's detailed in my book God Bless Chesty).......once you become a Marine, the Marine Corps owns your ass and will send you where they need you......your job is to follow orders and accomplish whatever mission you are given. Some were given combat missions, some were needed elsewhere......it wasn't our own choice. So I always felt that everyone who earned the right to the title........was a "real" one, regardless of what assignment they received. You wear the uniform, you are real.
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PO2 Alexander Gonzalez
PO2 Alexander Gonzalez
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Beans! Bullets! Bandaids!
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SFC Chuck Martinez
SFC Chuck Martinez
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SP5 Jay Molyneaux - How about those supplying us with Ammo, food rations, water, indirect fire support and more?? With them, we would have been screwed.
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SFC Chuck Martinez
SFC Chuck Martinez
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MSG Frederick Otero - Amen brother!!
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SP5 Jay Molyneaux
SP5 Jay Molyneaux
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SFC Chuck Martinez - You should have read the rest of my post. I agreed with you. Click on see more. Than ks for the comment anyway, brother.
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As an infantryman myself I'd like to ask those people how far they think they would get without all those other soldiers doing their jobs. They'd run out of ammo/fuel/water/food/etc. pretty quickly. Not to mention they wouldn't get their CIB/medals/pay/insurance/etc. It's just stupid really.
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CSM John Mead
CSM John Mead
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Cpl Marc Bayze - I haven't been lying to you, you just can't accept the truth. By the way, you don't have to like me, but you will be tactful and respectful. Otherwise you just make the Marine Corps look to be like a bunch of animals.
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Cpl Marc Bayze
Cpl Marc Bayze
2 mo
CSM John Mead LOL! It's "evidently" true in all cases dumbass!
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Cpl Marc Bayze
Cpl Marc Bayze
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CSM John Mead yep, sure thing dingus
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SSG David Gentile
SSG David Gentile
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Cpl, when you went Too far, you Really screwed yourself. CSM's have Ways of returning fire you cant Imagine! My father was one.
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I tend to not listen to people like that. They usually have no clue what they're talking about. A soldier is a soldier. I don't know how one can be more "real" than another. Do we have imaginary soldiers running around the Army or something?

I've heard it too - it's usually combat arms telling support soldiers they aren't "real" soldiers.

My first deployment - I was a SPC. It was just me and my LT in the S2. The CSM's PSD PSG used to give me so much crap about being a "fobbit" and I didn't know what was going on outside the wire so how I could do any intel reports, etc. One day he comes in and he wants the SIGACTs for the day. I said "Nope sorry." (I think he was a SSG). He said "Why not?" I said "Well I'm just a fobbit. I don't know what is really going on so I can't give you anything that will help, can I?"
He kind of glared at me and I did give him the information but still - I got tired of it. Yes I was a fobbit. I was on the FOB. Omg I must not have ever been a real soldier during both my deployments. I went out on as many patrols as I could. My LT wouldn't let me go out very much. (Who would do the work?). Everyone can't be outside the FOBs. Sorry.

If someone wants to act like they are big crap they can. Usually the ones who boast the most didn't really do much at all during their time.
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SGT Dale Myres
SGT Dale Myres
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SGT (Join to see) anytime! I’m not afraid of combat but I don’t go looking for trouble. But I will not kneel to cowards either! Men that are heroes were not wanting to be but were just helping their buddies and their unit get out of a situation.
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SGT Dale Myres
SGT Dale Myres
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PFC Howard Bryant Blackshear have you ever been in a FOB and have a rocket, mortar or gunfire come your way? As a contractor up in the northern hinterland of Afghanistan, the ragheads were planning to overrun our small outpost. I was told we were low on ammo and fuel for the generators. We were too far for Black Hawk support to get there quickly. Although the arty boys could help. So our small group could hurting. Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad a night And an SF group showed from the mountains and the skinnies lite out.
So, don’t think Combat support soldiers. I’ve seen mechanics shot up retrieving gun trucks you called bad boys leave down range.
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SPC Curtis Underwood
SPC Curtis Underwood
2 mo
You know I have one answer to this and that comes from a friend that served in the marines in Nam. I never had to go into combat but I was a UH1 Helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam conflict and would have went had they sent me.
He saw That I hung back when he asked me to got to the VFW club with him. I told him i was not a combat vet and had never been in a combat zone and so was not a veteran of a foreign war. I told him I did not belong there.
He said "You signed that paper that gave them the right to send you anywhere and to put your life in their hands and you served during Vietnam" So you are as much a veteran of a foreign war as I am"
So I went with him to the VFW and Joined. They accepted me with open arms. All the vets there said about the same thing that it matters not where you served it only matters that you served brother.
The brothers that think this are still brothers but they are wrong. But you always have some that will think differently.
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CPO Cory Cook
CPO Cory Cook
1 mo
Your response is so appropriate AND so FUNNY, my sides hurt.
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