Posted on Jun 2, 2017
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I've been approached by recruiters of both branches. They're excited about talking to me until I tell them I'm prior Army. The interest immediately fades, and suddenly they have to go. I have other Army and Marine friends that have experienced the same thing. Is there a stigma that comes with our branches that makes us "disqualified" in their eyes?
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SGT Aircraft Mechanic
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Soldiers and Marines tend to be more vocal and blunt and hurt the sensitivities of Sailors and Airmen?
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SPC Christopher Murano
SPC Christopher Murano
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AN John Blevins - So according to you, ground forces are no longer needed. Who is going to go in and take the enemy strong points? A bunch of swabbies or someone from the Chair Force?
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Sgt Jeff Martin
Sgt Jeff Martin
1 mo
Speaking as a Vietnam era vet of the Army I not only was chased by an AF recruiter while still in (uniform) but called constantly while home on leave. This went on for almost the entire time.....until it worked and I went an joined. Boy did he have a ton of paperwork and hoops to jump thru...to get a combat vet out of my unit. Funny as hell to hear him tell years later....
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CPO Ed Williamson
CPO Ed Williamson
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BS!!
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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SPC Christopher Murano - The battle isn't over until the ground-ponders finish the job.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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I've read a few posts and guess I got to change my opinion. I always thought it was because we Army and Marines would being lowering the standards of the neighborhood, seeing how we are used to living in the mud, no showers for days on end, eating what ever garbage is put in front of us, and we know how to how to make the grass grow!!
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SPC John O'Brien III
SPC John O'Brien III
7 mo
in the AF they know that a good 32-0-4 fertilizer makes the grass grow, and regular watering....
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SGT Debra Jahnel
SGT Debra Jahnel
6 mo
Hopefully, the women who joined after me fulfilled your expectations in those regards - 'cause most that I served with in the 80s didn't fit that last description. ("Oh, a spider in my tent!", "I got my period & don't have ...", "I can't lift that", "I'll just eat energy bars until dinner" (our BN commander insisted we get a hot dinner every night in the field, even if it meant striking remote positions.)
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MAJ Kevin Miller
MAJ Kevin Miller
1 mo
Inter-service squabbles are like squabbles between brothers and sisters. I can badmouth my brother or sister, but if you aren't one of us, don't you dare or you're going to answer to me.
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So many of your Marine Corps brothers join the Army it’s not funny. Promotions are better, equipment is generally better, training opportunities are better. Every time I heard a Marine who joined the Army after leaving the Corps about how great the Corps is/was, I’d roll my eyes. And then I’d ask them why they left it if it was so great? No disrespect to my Marine brothers but it gets old after a while. [ ~1137532:Sgt Darrin Momsen]
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I've been specifically told by current and former AF recruiters that the other service's prior service folks are too "military" for the Air Force, especially for anyone in Combat Arms. It creates a huge conflict of corporate attitudes between USAF and the PS folks, and "military" is too hard to shrug off and learn the Air Force way of doing things. And, before I get flamed, yes, those were words used by Air Force folks from E-6 to E-9 that I spoke with... to include CMSAF Rod McKinley.
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PO1 Chad Alcock
PO1 Chad Alcock
1 mo
CPT (Join to see) - I wouldn't say laziness, but more like return on investment. Putting prior service in takes much more time and effort, and is not a priority. The priority is "new" contracts and the new contracts counted when they were signed where prior service didn't count until they ship. But also things change. I had about 6 months straight that I wasn't able to put anyone in the Navy because there was no place to put them. 2 qualified people at MEPS each month, but no open positions. So again priorities. Luckily that wasn't an issue when I joined the Navy (prior Army) and my recruiter was willing to do the work.
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SPC Gerald Brakefield
SPC Gerald Brakefield
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thats basically what the recruiter told me, when i wanted to switch from army to air force. they said, they would be happy to have me but i needed a years or two to demilitarize myself, so i would fit in better.
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MSgt John Geruso
MSgt John Geruso
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Things have changed since I retired in 87. I was USAF, had two former Army specs on one of my specialized teams, former Navy Seaman was a supply Sgt. Most AF jobs are technical or administrative, but don't short change the troops. I've seen technical specs volunteer to support ops in unsavory places like Laos, and Cambodia - seen AF helicopters land in hot LZs to pull guys out, accompanied Path Finders on missions. If the AF has turned its back on other service members wanting to switch, I'm glad I'm no longer part of it.
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1SG David Freed
1SG David Freed
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I was in the Army for 25 years and spent some time with AF types in may capacities.
The Air Force, particularly the more senior enlisted (E-6 and above) always seemed to
look at the Army guys with disdain. Marines, no problem. Foreign militaries, no problem.
I guess the Air Force teaches their people that the Army folks are lower class than
they are.
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