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11-20-08, 10:03 AM #1
CMC: No Combat Instructor Ribbons
Had General Conway and Sgt Maj Kent out in SOI the other day. We assembled all the Northern commands (pretty much anyone north of the flightline) and they had a "Town Hall" style meeting with the Marines. When asked about the creation of a ribbon for Combat Instructors, similar to Drill Instructors or Recruiters, the old Marine didn't mince any words. To paraphrase (I was laughing too hard to catch the exact quote) the boss told the curious instructor that he didn't believe in ribbons for B Billets, and if he could take them away from the others, he would, but that can't be done. This isn't the Army and we're not playing the badge and ribbon game.
Now I was laughing just because the CMC nailed this Sgt right between the eyes and didn't even pretend to play nice. I never worked at SOI-what do you guys think?
11-20-08, 12:57 PM #2
I dont think there is a need for a badge like that. I wasnt really all for the drill instructor, recruiter or embassy duty badges either. Just my two cents, not trying to **** off anyone that has these badges.
11-20-08, 01:01 PM #3
I'm with ya but much the same I haven't done any of these duties. Since all these other decorations DO exist, did combat instructors just miss the bus or are they being wronged? Are we telling them they are not as vital as the others?
11-20-08, 01:07 PM #4
I havent done those B billets either. I did my four and then was medically ineligible to reenlist. I dont think anyone is being wronged here. I think the Marine Corps took a step in the wrong direction when they originally started giving ribbons for B Billets. You knew everyone was going to want one once they started it.
11-20-08, 01:11 PM #5
I should restate myself. I agree. I just meant where do we go from here? Discontinue the others? Maintain the status quo? Honestly decorations have gotten slightly out of hand-many Marines feel they are OWED these things. Hell I ought to have maybe 3 for all I've done...
11-20-08, 01:51 PM #6
11-20-08, 02:26 PM #7yellowwingGuest Free Member
11-20-08, 02:31 PM #8
If the other B billets with formal schools have a ribbon, SOI instructors should also.
Everybody or nobody.
11-20-08, 02:36 PM #9
What exactly is a combat instructor? Is this an official title now? When I spent a few years teaching CQB to FAST and MCSF Marines did that make me one? I mean who exactly does this "title" apply to? My assumption is this term refers or applies to any Marine who teaches or formally instructs any other Marine (in a school house environment) tactics and techniques of combat. So MCT, SOI, all PMI related jobs, and a bunch of other "combat" teaching schools, and so on, should or would be qualified for this award?
I think it's overkill and too Army-ish.
I can see a reason for recruiters, DI's, and/ or MSG Marines receiving their little ribbon, they are all special and tough assignments, and it is what it is. But creating a new award for doing a job that all Marines should be doing with their troops, is overkill, redundant, and too much.
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11-20-08, 04:57 PM #14
Giving my age away I wore Khaki uniforms when I was in the Marines. When did all of this bbillet ribbons start? Just curious,but I agree with the CMC we're not the Army.
11-20-08, 05:20 PM #15
I think it's a fairly widely held opinion that while we appreciate the quality efforts of Marines in these billets, we do not want to go down the merit badge route. Easy to say that nobody should have one, but how can that really be set straight now, if ever?
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