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  1. My advice is if you want to be an officer, go for...

    My advice is if you want to be an officer, go for it first. Enlisted service ahead of officer service is not a big career boost. It doesn't hurt, but doesn't really help either. But becoming an...
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    No, I don't want civilians meddling either,...

    No, I don't want civilians meddling either, although there are civilian judges on the Military Court of Appeals (most are ex-or retired JAG). I also don't want lawyers of any kind dictating to a...
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    Exactly right. Who cares what the UN thinks. ...

    Exactly right. Who cares what the UN thinks.

    What I think that should happen is for fewer lawyers to be involved in military matters, like pre-approving tactical plans as was common in Iraq and...
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    Have you guys been watching any videos from the...

    Have you guys been watching any videos from the Hong Kong protests? Many of the protesters carry umbrellas as they turn out to be pretty good at stopping less-lethal rounds fired by the cops. I also...
  5. I'll be doing basically the same as FO. Quietly...

    I'll be doing basically the same as FO. Quietly observing the birthday and making some beef jerky.

    I haven't gone to a Ball since 1999 as I moved to Florida the next year. I had been going to the...
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    Billy, isn't it true that your first birthday...

    Billy, isn't it true that your first birthday card was chiseled out from a stone? Anyway, Happy Birthday! :-)
  7. Hey, Montana. Nice to see you around. Especially...

    Hey, Montana. Nice to see you around. Especially nice to see you're above the ground too.
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    Oldtop, Having been involved in numerous...

    Oldtop,

    Having been involved in numerous prostitution stings (as a cop), and knowing the girls that worked in my area, I doubt the majority would register and get regular health checks. Forget...
  9. My father (a WWII Marine) used to recite this...

    My father (a WWII Marine) used to recite this poem periodically. I could never remember the words after "twas the bloodiest fight they'd seen." Thanks for posting this Greybeard.
  10. Happy Birthday, Russ :beer:

    Happy Birthday, Russ :beer:
  11. I've read this one before but it never fails to...

    I've read this one before but it never fails to tickle me. :beer:
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    One of my great-uncles was KIA at Guadalcanal. He...

    One of my great-uncles was KIA at Guadalcanal. He was a Marine captain, dive-bomber pilot. Killed bombing Japanese cruisers in November 1942.
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    I worked out of the S-4 (logistics) shop in...

    I worked out of the S-4 (logistics) shop in Vietnam with VMA-211. Our S-4 was a captain, an A-4 pilot, and a former Sgt in Amtracks. He was an attentive S-4, but depended a lot on his S-4 chief, a...
  14. Yeah, it is amazing, Russ. But then, back in our...

    Yeah, it is amazing, Russ. But then, back in our day, we didn't have to worry about drones from anybody. Just other nasty bits that fell out of the sky.

    I wonder if they'll let the crew of that...
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    You can get commissioned in the Corps going...

    You can get commissioned in the Corps going through The Citadel. However, like any non-service academy college, you have to do it through Naval ROTC. See this link for information:...
  16. Coincidentally, I served in Vietnam with a first...

    Coincidentally, I served in Vietnam with a first cousin of Chappie James. He was the squadron S-4 Chief, a Gunny. The general wrote to his cuz all of the time.
  17. Well, actually, three out of the four dip****s...

    Well, actually, three out of the four dip****s were born here in the USA. The one was born in Somalia and is an immigrant (now naturalized citizen). She's lucky to be in the US at all as she came as...
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    FO, you're absolutely correct about the smuggling...

    FO, you're absolutely correct about the smuggling along I-5. I was in the 1stMarDiv MP Company and we often went into the field just to interdict some of the smuggling.

    We set up a small POW camp...
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    I don't think starting a guy in an MOS as arduous...

    I don't think starting a guy in an MOS as arduous as infantry can be, at 26, is a good idea. Perhaps 20. And allow lateral MOS swaps into infantry too.

    Higher pay for grunts is a good idea too....
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    Yes, you could lose your blood stripe at a...

    Yes, you could lose your blood stripe at a company level office hours, along with a few other things. Doesn't mean you will. It seems to me, the easiest thing for the company CO to do is give you a...
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    Yes, indeedy. Then got stuck in Receiving with my...

    Yes, indeedy. Then got stuck in Receiving with my platoon a few extra days because of the 4th of July holiday.
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    Yellow Footprints

    48-years ago today I stood on the yellow footprints. Sometimes it doesn't seem that long ago. Then I think of all the adventures since, and I wonder why I'm still alive. :confused:
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    Robert Smotts, USMC

    One of the last Marines still standing from my father's WWII platoon, 6th Marines Scout-Snipers (Saipan and Tinian), passed away today. Cpl Bob Smotts was 94 years old. He also fought at Tarawa. Only...
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    Anything the Southern Poverty Law Center says is...

    Anything the Southern Poverty Law Center says is very suspect. They have been incredibly biased toward conservative groups for many years. I see SPLC and I immediately ignore what they say.
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    The MBE is usually awarded for significant...

    The MBE is usually awarded for significant service or contributions to the UK. It is a relatively low ranking order, often given to actors, musicians, scientists and the like. Crowe's wearing of the...
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