Posted on Aug 24, 2019
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IS ANY SERVICE LESS THAN ANOTHERS?

On serval social media platforms of late I’ve been faced with the thought that some people’s service is less than others. The first was an article on LinkedIn discussing the words “I only” in relation to ones service. The thought was Veterans should not use those words when talking of their service. I agree and stated that all Service done honorably is worthy. You can read it here...
Yesterday this comment was made to me by SGT Joseph Schmalzel:

“How would a Ltc. know anything about what a 67T or a 15T does? You sit in an office hence officer. We carry a 50 pound tool box all over a flight line racking up enough miles to burn the souls off boots before the leather is broken in. Look if you need a ride nothing is safer than a Army helicopter. Just enjoy it. We wrench to keep it in the air. We sign our name in blood in AIT. Not a lot of MOS's do that.
Not being disrespectful but even pilots don't know what we are doing. Run into one of us who becomes a pilot and get ready for 2 things. Damage control and 1 blocks. Flight medic is a route. But, 250K a year to man a machine gun from a flying machine sounds better than sticking IV's while fighting G forces”

You can read the post and responses here: https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/what-are-some-high-paying-jobs-in-the-civilian-world-that-will-connect-with-the-mos-15t?urlhash=4949911

Is an Officers service any less than an enlisted Soldier’s? What about a truck driver’s versus and infantry Soldier’s service? Is any service unworthy or should it be discounted as less?

What say you RallyPoint?
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COL Mikel Burroughs
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LTC (Join to see) I believe that all service members, no mater what their MOS, speciality, rank, or title is or was, they were vital to this countries security and ability to defend our freedom. There is no they, me, them or I as far as I'm concerned there are just men and women giving the very best of themselves for a purpose that many will not know or understand. We should honor all of our brothers and sisters who've raised their right hand no matter how long they served or what service, branch, or MOS. I could make arguments for or against certain things stated in the article, but my message is very simple. It takes a collective group/team of "Warriors" to defeat one's enemies! One Team, One Fight! Just my two cents!

I'm going to share with the Top Influencers to get their feedback and comments on the article and your post as well Stephan - hope you don't mind

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Great analogy Sgt John Houck
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LTC (Join to see) that is great brother, totally awesome.
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Thank you for letting me know Sir. In my opinion everyone has their role to play each is just as vital to the final outcome. Like an fine tuned machine...if one little thing is missing, it doesn’t perform as well. I totally agree with you COL Mikel Burroughs
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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Lt Col Porter, while I am/was an officer, I spent most of my time anywhere but in an office. I am proud of my service and that I did whatever I could do to make the mission successful. I never said or behaved as if any job was too menial for me. I loaded planes with my troops, tied down cargo, loaded passengers, made trips to the inflight kitchen for meals, etc. I respect those who ended up on the front lines (I wasn't one) but I made sure they had food, water, ammo and anything else they needed to get the mission done and take care of people. We shipped medical supplies, set up air transportable hospitals, ran medivac missions, etc. No apologies or excuses are coming from here nor should they from anyone who served honorably.
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CPT Jack Durish
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OMG! I never though I would use any social media shorthand this much but OMG fits. I'm sure service members have been griping ever since the barbarians clashed with the Romans, and even before that. Buck up. Has any commissioned officer ever truly known what E-1's have to put up with? (Unless, of course, they rose through the ranks from enlisted status) Has any enlisted man ever understood the purpose of commissioned officers or cared that they were the ones who bore responsibility for all that happens in their command? (Supposing, of course, their commissioned officers actually did take responsibility instead of attempting to pass the buck) So I say again, buck up, snowflake (whomever you are)!
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Nice!

My response to him may, in review be tinged with some “snowflakeyness” but was meant to say that “all service” is needed and can be honorable; that you “never know” what people know or don’t know!
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