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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.