I still, to this day, wish I could whup that recruiter's ass for intentionally misleading me. But I digress. How many times have we all heard, "My recruiter lied!?"
I think the Snipe's SRB's were at, like, 4-5k.
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It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
The latest CMC Bullets has just come out. It is version 20100409. Periodically, the CMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps) visits the bases and delivers a sort of "State of the Union" to the Marines (I saw him about three weeks ago). These visits are largely to guage the general concerns of the Marines. Aside from Afghanistan, the universal health care effect, PPE, and others, a hot topic was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." These questions and concerns are placed in the CMC Bullets and released to the Marine Corps. It is not classified by any means, but considered FOUO (For Official Use Only) and not intended for public publications. So I'll just drop the part about DADT that was spoken of in front of some nasty media:
Q: Good morning, Sir. In the last couple of weeks, I've read a couple articles regrading your views on "Don't Ask, Don;t Tell." And being a public affairs officer, I'm not sure that I believe everything I read. So I'd like to know what your position is. Where you see the policy changes going in DOD? And do you think it's going to affect the Marine Corps? And if so, how?
CMC: I was really afraid that question wasn't going to come up (laughter). Thanks, Kathy. (Laughter). Ladies and Gentlemen, our president has spoken. Our Commander in Chief has said that he wants to have this law repealed by the Congress. And I think it's important that we all understand, and I suspect this audience does, there is a law; there is the DOD policy - an agreed-upon compromise by President Clinton, the Congress, and DOD in 1993. And the policy falls under the overall tent of the law.
When asked the question by the Congress to give a personal opinion - we are compelled to do that - and my comments to them were essentially, let's please stay focused on the important aspects of change and let's ask ourselves, as we view from the efforts of the working group going about, are we creating a better military able to fight the nation's wars? That's why we have a U.S. military. And in my belief, any change made ought to prosper that, not in some way detriment that. So I'll simply ask that that be our primary focus as we go downrange.
I was asked my personal opinion. I said, my personal opinion is that the current law works. I'm absolutely certain that we have young, homosexual men and women in the United States Marine Corps today who are doing a fantastic job. No one knows their proclivity because they have chosen to keep it private, as we keep private a lot of other things in our daily lives. And they're serving well and faithfully and will be very proud of having been a Marine as they leave the force.
But at this point, I will say that we await the results of the working group. I think it's going to be out some time towards the end of the year. And I think this will be a much more exhaustive and comprehensive study of the issue than has ever been conducted before. And we allw ill learn, I think, the results, really, across all the services of what they have to offer.
Secretary Gates has said he believes that if the evidence is compelling, and there are significant issues with it, that we will have opportunity to sit down with the President and give him our best military advice. And he, then, will decide either to continue to push or to say, okay, I see an issue here perhaps I didn't completely understand before based upon the effects of the working group. So that's where we are.
The Commandant has reported that the overwhelming majority of Marines have very deep concerns when it comes to living with homosexuals in the barracks. We are the only branch that houses two to a room and this is for a purpose. When all others overly concerned themselves with the "quality of life" topic in the 90's, the Marine Corps weighed it against what we do best. And that is building loyalties, cohesion at small level units, and brotherhood. "Gays in the open" is a concern.
Last edited by MSgt; 04-17-10 at 01:46 PM.
Thanks for the update from the CMC...He seems like a straight shooter to me...You talk about 2 men to a room and aboard ship we might have 100 men in a berthing compartment not much bigger then a room.....I just hope the enlisted men who it affects have a say in the decision...All these Liberals in DP say sure go for it.......Most of them the policy does no affect....No skin off their ass........I wonder how they would feel if they had to serve aboard ship with long periods at sea under those conditions...........
One more thing if Bush was still president and it was his policy to keep DADT and a bunch of liberals wanted to change it what the SECDEF and the Joint Chiefs would say.........Guess we will never know...........
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
I believe that the majority of anti-gay cases will come from outside the Marine Corps, but that the most extreme issues may come from it. It may look much like the hazing issue in the 90s. Most cases were coming from the other branches in general, but the most extreme came from the Corps because of the culture. In terms of status, the Marine Corps has a certain "manhood" attached to it. There's a certain level of alpha male that isn't found in other places. Therefore, we are talking about a cultural shift in identity for us. Think about what Hollwood has portrayed as the stereotypical homosexual. Now put a set of Dress Blues on it. The term "homosexual Marine" just doesn't fit in a lot of minds. But there's a certain kind of homosexual that joins and would join even under "serving openly." They are not the effeminate stereotype.
From blacks to women, the adaptation process in the Marine Corps hasn't been without imperfection. But because Marines are bred to obey orders and to enforce orders while keeping their personal opinions out of it, they will assimilate to the new policies easier. Personal opinion will be relegated to conduct off duty, which is where the racial cases of the past took place. However, the leadership, from General to Corporal, will deal with it because that is their job.
If the President makes it so, the Comandant will print the orders. Everyone below will have a job to do.
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