United States Military Insignias

United States Military Insignias
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My blogging experience

Dear blog reader,

Over the time of doing this blog assignment I have done may writing assignment ranging from basic book reviews and passion blog post to the harder SSR (self-selected response) post. Because of this assignment I have become a more talented writer. I also love the fact that we got to choose what we wanted to do our blogs on, that way I could learn more about a topic that I can actually work with and that I’m comfortable with.

The first blog post that I wrote was "why military is an option?" it was about how the military can help people if they don’t know what they want to do in the future. It also was an example of why I wanted to go in and what I'm going in for. It was a little difficult since we were just starting on the blog assignment and I had no idea how i was going to manage to complete the assignments. When we started doing the assignments every week I realized that being able to choose your topic to write about would be much easier. Later in the month we started doing book responses and to be honest I wasn't doing easy I struggled with the first one titled The Book U.S. Special Forces Shows The Everyday Risk Of Soldiers. Like the title says the book overall showed and told about the dangers that special forces and military in general face everyday at war. It showed me how to create my thought and the thoughts of the author together into one piece. It also taught me to become more of an elaborate writer and use more definition based words instead of using basic spelling that a third grader could do. It started to make me progress more and more from the first book review to the interviews. There were other blog posts before all of those ranging from basic to more advanced.

One of the more basic ones was the history of the US Army. Where I just had to look up and do a little research on when and how it was created and who created it. In the post it would show you the main reason that the US Army was created and who it was created by. For one of the more advanced blog post it would have to be the first SSR that Ms.Conley had us do. It was more difficult because I had to read the full report or essay and pick it apart and figure out if I do agree or disagree to the statement or statements of the male or female who has typed up their paper. For example the facts about military spending that's about the so called facts on how the military was spending their money. The people at the new york times made it seem as if the military was just burning money way for pointless reasons. When in reality they were and still are using the money to invest in more futuristic technology and medicine they also use the money to pay for the living and feeding cost of a soldier.In conclusion this amazing writing assignment has helped me increase my writing talent and ability.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Military Demographics

 For anybody who is looking to join the Military I would suggest that people look at the statistics. Statistic brain has all the information that people would like to know. Each branch has different things that the stats can provide. For example for women I would suggest that you would enlist into the Air Force, Navy, or Army in that order. Those branches have the higher percent of women in the Military. For people that are considered minorities the perfect branch to join would be the Navy with a huge percent at 33.8% of minorities join the Navy. Each branch will differ in everything. For people who want to join the biggest branch and extend the brotherhood or become an Officer I would recommend that you join the US Army. While if you’re joining with a bachelor’s degree or higher it would be better to join the Air Force or join the Army and work on advanced equipment. Since the Air Force has 99% of people in the Air Force have bachelor’s degrees while serving. I would highly recommend that people look deeply into what they feel is perfect for them and to find something that they would like to do.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hold On Credit To Sgt.1st Class Andre Anderson

This black earth it holds me back

I only wish that I were home

So you could tell me what was right 

And I could try to change what's wrong

Diyahnnn diyahnnnnnn

It's all the distance between us now

That gives me fear that you are gone

Please hear my heart that beats loud

And just hold onnnnnnn

Just hold on...

If the battles I have lived through 

Were in vain then give me death

In this war there are only losers

As the victors beat their chests

Diyahnnn diyahnnnnnn

I'm just animal in nature

Without knowing I am in your heart

Just not knowing brings out anger 

And it's tearing me apart

Hold on...hold on...

The fertile earth consumes me now

Underneath this great dark cloud

Your last words deeply cut me

From my grave I'll cry out loud!

Diyahnnn diyahnnnnnn

Someone waiting for a Soldier to come home wrote the other anonymous poem

The T-Shirt

Mingling musk

sweat scent

powder punctures

cotton creases

Tears trickle

Away now

save again for later

bring the ache 

tomorrow still gone

another day 

without you

Credit to Sgt.1st Class Andre Anderson of the United States Army for his winning poem.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Response to Air National Guard colonel charged with 110 criminal counts

Air Nation Guard Colonel Gerard Mangis was arrested Wednesday March 5th. He was arrested on the account of having 110 criminal accounts filed against him. The accounts filed against him were conspiracy, honest service wire fraud, false claims against the United States, and theft of government property. I believe that this guy should be stripped of all military decorations on his uniform and every perk that came with it should be disbanded and he should never be set free. This man is a disgrace to military personnel. He is the type of person who joins the military for all the wrong reasons and not for the greater good but only for himself and anything that could help him. For all the active military personnel this makes our military look like some of us are just corrupt bastards that will give out anything just to earn a quick buck in our pockets. When in reality it is true that some will join for the money but some also join to help the greater good. This guy is a disgrace and I hope to high hell that this guy doesn't have a family and if he does I would feel bad for them that they would possibly have the burden to have to deal with this guy’s messed up choices. They would possibly catch the backfire from his poor choices instead of people leaving the weight to only be on the Colonels shoulders if something does start to come down and the family is threatened or treated different. I wouldn't like to see innocent people being treated different by their friends and neighbors just because of what somebody in their family did. But I hope that this guy gets life in a federal prison do to his crimes against the American Government. For more information click here and read more about it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Out Gunned Credit to Usmilitary.about.com

Seems there was a young soldier, who, just before battle, told his sergeant that he didn't have a rifle.
"That's no problem, son," said the sergeant. "Here, take this broom. Just point it at the Germans, and go 'Bangety Bang Bang'."
"But what about a bayonet, Sarge?" asked the young (and gullible) recruit.
The sergeant pulls a piece of straw from the end of the broom and attaches it to the handle end. "Here, use this... just go, 'Stabity Stab Stab'."
The recruit ends up alone on the battlefield, holding just his broom. Suddenly, a German soldier charges at him. The recruit points the broom. "Bangety Bang Bang!" The German falls dead.
More Germans appear. The recruit, amazed at his good luck, goes "Bangety Bang Bang! Stabity Stab Stab!" He mows down the enemy by the dozens.
Finally, the battlefield is clear, except for one German soldier walking slowly toward him. "Bangety Bang Bang!" shouts the recruit.
The German keeps coming.
"Bangety Bang Bang!" repeats the recruit, to no avail. He gets desperate. "Bangety Bang Bang! Stabity Stab Stab!"
It's no use. The German keeps coming. He stomps the recruit into the ground and says... "Tankety Tank Tank.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Interview With Sergeant Banks From The United States Army

On Tuesday February the 11th I held an interview with my recruiter Sergeant Michael (Mike) Banks from the United States Army.
Q: What’s your name to start off with?
A: Sergeant Mike Banks of the US Army.
Q: What made you want to join the Army?
A: The fact that I could get free schooling and travel anywhere I want for much less then what I would originally pay for and who wouldn't want free schooling like damn really.
Q: What's your MOS in the Army and why did you choose it?
A: My MOS is Airborne Infantry and I didn't really choose it I wanted Infantry and they asked if anybody wanted to come and join the Airborne Infantry so I just raised my hand and there I was Joining the Airborne Infantry.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to join the Army?
A: I decided when I was a senior in high school so pretty much like you kind of had to decide.
Q: Have you always wanted to go into the Army?
A: Yes I had no other thoughts about any other branch of service.
Q: Have you ever seen combat and if so what was it like?
A: Yes, it was like being in the most stressful situation that you could ever be in just knowing that anything can happen and then knowing if something happens to the leader of the squad that you may have to step up and take charge.
Q: What was basic training like?
A: It's the same as what you will be doing except you won’t have to jump out of planes as training since it’s not in your job requirements but anyways it was pretty difficult and well worth it.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Callobo blog

Today Tyler Newman will talk about the Marines special operations unit, RECON.

                                               Marines Special forces, RECON
                 All future RECON, depending on which they are going, force or battalion. Both have similar training, the only difference is their commander, it's either the Task Force Commander or the Battalion Commander. Any person going recon must attend SOI (School of Infantry). In recent years, Marines weren't allowed to even attend RIP (indoc) for recon. You had to have at least three to four years of experience in the field and have a score of at least 285 on the PFT (physical fitness test) which consists of a: 3 mile run in 18 minutes or under, 20 pull ups, and at least 80 sit ups in 2 minutes; Now young Marines who are very motivated can attend RIP right after boot camp, scoring at least a 285 on the PFT. The qualifying training to begin actual training consists of two obstacle courses in under 2:00 each time; swim 500 meters in full cammies in 17:00, and other fun water activities. 10 mile ruck with 50lbs pack in less than 2 hours.

               However, just because you made it past boot camp and qualifying training, doesn’t mean you will automatically get selected for RECON. You will have to pass an interview with the team leader and company.  It all depends on your attitude and teamwork skills that get you in. 

Once selected you go to RIP (Recon Introductory Platoon) which is like going back to boot camp.
The Marines only get supervised liberty, physical training and classes at all time of the day and night at the Amphibious Reconnaissance School (ARS).  Training has 3 phases. Phase 1 is four weeks long and focuses on Marine individual physical skills such as running, high repetition PT, obstacle courses, ocean swims with fins, rucking, land navigation, helicopter rope suspension training, communications and supporting arms. Phase 2 is three weeks long and concentrates on small unit tactics, mission planning and includes a nine-day exercise in full mission profiles. Phase 3 is two weeks and focuses on the maritime mission.  Held in Coronado, CA, the Marine will conduct amphibious reconnaissance, boat operations and nautical navigation. Once a Marine finishes ARS, they are a Reconnaissance Marine.

That’s basically the summed up version of how to go recon, if you want to know more go to here or contact a recruiter.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Military And High School Classes

While in PE you could think about how being in PE is like a way less physically demanding objective then what the basic combat training or one stationed unit training. It could also be compared to history in a way. The way it could be compared to history is because you could learn when it was created, why it was created, or who the man that created it was? Who knows it could help you when it comes time they may ask questions to see who is really into the responsibility of somebody seeing if  you are committed.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My MEPS Experience

When entering or joining the United States Armed Service you would have to go through some basic things. Such as finding a recruiter, talking about what you want to do while in, find out what branch offers you whatever you think is best, then signing up for that said branch, and finally go down to the Military Entrance Processing Station and then wait till your ship off day. For me I signed up on September 17th, 2013 at my house with my recruiter Sergeant Michael Banks of the United States Army.   He and I discussed the whole process and I couldn't wait until I swear into the delayed entry program. He told me when I would be going to be sent down to Sacramento to go to the MEPS facility. I was sent down on September 22nd, 2013.

 There were many people there for every branch of the service; there was a tie it looked like for the Army, Coast Guard, and Air Force. They came from all around California and there were even a couple of them from Reno, Nevada. We got to stay at the Hilton hotel for free and it was the best thing ever since they had good rooms, good food, and even a game area with a 50 inch Toshiba TV and just saying basketball games have never been more clear. But that night we were instructed to go to sleep so we would be well rested for MEPS in the morning. 

That morning everybody was called up at 5:30 to get food and clothed. At 6 a.m. we go on our shuttle to go to the MEPS facility and meet with our people who would enter and process us with test and information. The process for me lasted longer do to an “accidental loss of my information” or that’s what they told me at least. But the process included a blood test, a vision test, full body physicals, and finally the process of swearing into the desired branch that you want to join. And before you leave to the shuttle to go back home you get you contract for your job and shipping date that contains the information in order to get shipped and where to go to get shipped. For more information go to the United States MEPS website   

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Should Recruiters be Allowed on Campus?

In my personnel opinion I believe that they should be allowed on to school campuses with out any questions being asked. My reasoning is that I am coming from the perspective of somebody who is grateful to have the possibility to have a recruit see me and my test scores and use his own time to come and talk to me at home about what I'm going to go and do after high school ends. In conclusion i believe that they should be allowed on campus since they have helped people start careers and not just sitting on their ass waiting for something to come instead of going for it.    

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jobs in The US Army

In the Army alone we offer 213 jobs split between Arts and Media, Administration, Combat Intelligence and Support, Regular Combat, Legal and Law Enforcement, Medical, Technology, Mechanics, Construction, and Transportation. I don't know much about all those jobs since I haven't looked into them really but I only know about the job or Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) that I am going to be doing. The MOS I will be put in will either be 11B or 11C. The 11B is front line infantry who when deployed go and to the face of the enemy territory and try and eliminate most of the insurgent forces. While 11C is indirect fire infantry where their jobs is to support the front line infantry with guided missiles and drone reconnaissance. But in conclusion we offer jobs from as big as infantry and aerial recon to vet and warehouse manager.