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  • Bachelors Degree acquired, 3 days later Deployed May 21, 2024
    Hi everyone i did meps and picked my job as DC/ Damage Controls, I ship out the 23rd literally tomorrow and i graduated from Csun on May 19th. What should i expect. Lowkey joined cause my friend went for his masters at USC which is costing him 9.7k (I applied to ucla grad school but […]
  • Disappointment at MEPS May 21, 2024
    Finally went to meps today. 62 things came back from my record and said it was going to take too long to look. So I sat all day for no reason. I wasn’t told what got flagged or what they’re looking for. Just told it would be 1-2 business weeks to review. I’m feeling super […]
  • Opinions on SECF May 21, 2024
    Just swore in yesterday and I was wondering, what opinions do you guys have on SECF? submitted by /u/No_Day_6952 [link] [comments]
  • Misdiagnosis if Crohns May 21, 2024
    I went to boot camp in 2010. I was diagnosed with crohns as a teen. My recruiter said don’t mention it as it’s mostly under control. I had a stomach issue in boot camp, and was discharged fraudulent enlistment. Fast forward to today. I always felt my symptoms didn’t match the symptoms my friends with […]
  • Now they want a waiver? May 21, 2024
    I fully swore in on like the 24th or 25th I think I cant remember the exact day, and I ship out in 9 days, we told them before this entire process started EVERYTHING, to include this arrest we were told initially we didnt need a waiver everything was fine for it it was petty […]
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  • We’re you able to keep your clearance while in the reserve? May 21, 2024
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  • Mobilization deferral May 21, 2024
    I saw today that the navy reserves is offering a 3 year involuntary mobilization deferral for ALL health care professionals who affiliate with the reserves. Seems like a fairly long deferral period to me. What’s the rationale behind this policy? submitted by /u/TheMaulerPAC [link] [comments]
  • Separation May 21, 2024
    Do any one know how to separate from the reserves . I been waiting to get gained for way too long . I’m kind of tired of asking around . submitted by /u/Own-Store175 [link] [comments]
  • Advancement Quotas for E5 and E6 for Cycle 114 are Out May 21, 2024 Anyone know how long it takes for results to follow? submitted by /u/IDtrailwanderer [link] [comments]
  • CNA if Navy Lodge available? May 21, 2024
    I am struggling with the new travel instructions where I am supposed to take a choo choo train instead of POV unless I fill out a CTW and I wonder if I missed something else. Today, I called to get a CNA because NGIS is full on the dates of training. The person on the […]
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  • VA is confusing the hell out of me May 21, 2024
    I just got my VA Disability initial claim letter and I got 100% and my VA claim was moved back to step I understand this part of the process so far but I just called by QTC about re doing these appointments all over again and I told them that I already did it but […]
  • My VA claim is in decision phase,how long will it take to find out the result May 21, 2024
    So i checked my VA status, yesterday my status switched to decison phase, how long will take to find out the result? 3 to 6 weeks? submitted by /u/kwaninthehat [link] [comments]
  • I am starting school in the fall with my GI bill, have some debt but debating how much to work May 21, 2024
    Hello everyone, I got out in 2022 and I'm finally going back to school this fall. I'm going to community college for nursing. For the first few semesters I'll be doing all prerequisites trying to get my GPA back up from when I was in school like 7 years ago. Essentially my classes will be […]
  • GI Bill Change May 21, 2024
    Do I need to officially change my GI Bill on the VA website if I am attending grad school at a different institution in the fall? Just graduated from another last week. submitted by /u/GH-WV [link] [comments]
  • Anyone gotten off TDIU and then back on it? May 21, 2024
    Been on TDIU for couple years now. Recently got a job at USPS and I actually enjoy it and can see myself here for awhile. I don’t mind that my TDIU will be going away but in the chance that it does get removed and I’m no longer employed, can I re-apply for it? submitted […]
  • Help on the process for applying to College, Specifically the Dos and Donts. May 21, 2024
    I want to go to school in Texas. University of Texas at Austin. I get out in a month. submitted by /u/YoungFrito7 [link] [comments]
  • Podiatry is booked out every where around me for 2+ months. I have a bad ingrown toenail. Would me going to a Non-VA hospital ER be covered? I’m 100%. Thanks May 21, 2024
    Would the VA deem this emergent? I think my toes infected. submitted by /u/GilMcFlintlock [link] [comments]
  • Benefit Verification by Mail/Fax May 21, 2024
    A housing agency is asking for my income verification (VA Disability), I usually print them off by accessing them online but they stated that they would not accept it. They said the VA needs to send it directly to them by mail or fax. Does anybody know the number to call so I can request […]
  • Need an opinion May 21, 2024
    Hey All. So, recently someone from high school got my info from a friend to ask me about VA Disability. He does know I have a percentage. Anyways, this guy went to Basic Training and got kicked out for stealing after about a month or so. He had a stealing problem the whole time I […]
  • Applying for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits while on AD, but with anticipated separation date? May 21, 2024
    Hi all - searched around and didn't find a post that addressed this specifically, but let me know if this has already been answered. I'll be separating from active duty in August 2025 (with terminal leave starting May 2025). At that time, my total active duty service will be 4 years and 90 days. My […]
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  • …The road is long, with many a winding turn 🎶 May 21, 2024
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  • Book Suggestions May 21, 2024
    What’re you guys reading at the moment? Need some new reads. Doesn’t have to be SEAL related. Any solid philosophy books you guys are on? submitted by /u/AdBeneficial1139 [link] [comments]
  • How to ruin your chance May 21, 2024
    Kids an idiot submitted by /u/Mediocre_Elk7951 [link] [comments]
  • Recruiter told me I can't join because my wife is not yet an American citizen? May 21, 2024
    I recently started talking to a Navy recruiter and hit a roadblock. I was told that in order to qualify for a security clearance, all of my immediate family must be American citizens. Has anyone heard about this? Is this true? Is there away around it? A path to citizenship for my wife, or a […]
  • MEPS and Draft Changes...questions... May 20, 2024
    With the newly-instated draft changes two weeks prior to writing this, I wanted to reiterate some questions that have likely been asked previously; however, I cannot seem to find any concrete answers for them here. I go to MEPS this coming Wednesday. I have not signed to the Navy. I will be working with a […]
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  • Untitled May 14, 2024
    20 years ago I was pulled into the Secretary of Defense's staff to become the Staff Director of the Detainee Task Force - my final assignment in a Navy career that spanned from July 1975 - June 2006.  In fact, today (14 May) is the 20th Anniversary of my first day in that office.  I […]
  • Untitled May 13, 2024
     I was a year and 4 months into command. when I received this letter from the Chief of Naval Operations. It came out of nowhere and gave me a motivational boost that carried me through 8 more years and two promotions.  Personal letters have meant 1000 times more than any medal in my career.  I […]
  • Motivating the Crew - Flag Correspondence April 21, 2024
     This is a letter from former Commander, Naval Security Group Command - RDML (at the time) James S. McFarland while I was Officer in Charge of Naval Security Group Barbers Point, Hawaii. I received this note almost a year into my tour (to the day). He sent a note of thanks to all the places […]
  • What I told my CO. Ensigns don't try this at your command. My boss and I were the same paygrade. April 7, 2024
    This is a summary of my 360 degree feedback to a former commanding officer. Skipper, there's no doubt you're going to be the leader of this community; these things may help you. You are a great speaker. Be careful not to lose the feeling behind the words. Words have meaning; actions have con­sequences.  Ensure your […]
  • "Brilliant" on the basics? Some commands don't even have the light on. November 3, 2023
    If you were to assess your command in these six categories, how would you score? The foundation for success in any command can, in part, be attributed to these six areas that form the enduring foundation upon which a successful career can belaunched:  1. Sponsorship/first 72 hours:Proactive interaction by a sponsor and ombudsman can solve many issues before the Sailor and […]
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  • Breaking my Flag April 2, 2023
     For those who missed the previous announcements, please read the previous posts for the details, but after 18 2/3 years here, I will no longer be posting on blogspot.Worry not, just click here to go to substack.  That is where I'll be.
  • Fullbore Friday March 31, 2023
    Housekeeping Note: As I mentioned earlier this month, as our British friends might say, this "blogspot" hosted part of the blog is "going in ordinary." The archived posts here back to the beginning in 2004 will remain, but all new posts will be going over to CDR Salamander on Substack. The reasons are simply, really. Google owns […]
  • The Weapons Gap With the PRC the USA Created and Funded: it Goes Boom March 31, 2023
    If you don’t wake up every morning cursing those responsible for defense and China policy in the 1990s … the gobsmackingly short sighted arrogance of it all – then what use are you, actually?With a few exceptions, from partially completed CV rusting in Ukraine to teaching the Communist Chinese how to MIRV ICBM warheads, to […]
  • Seriously ... Who's Been Running Our Wargames Then ... March 29, 2023
    One of the things that will get my eye twitching faster than about anything else is when someone responds to a question or concern with a, "Well, in our wargames ... "Bullshit.That may work for civilians or under-briefed lawmakers who lack the depth in military matters, but anyone who has run or been part of […]
  • In a Fight, Having Your Reloads at Home in the Safe Won't Help March 28, 2023
    There was a topic as a JO in the 1990s that we bandied about when we started to think about what we wanted to see show up in the fleet before we had to fight a no kidding war at sea for any length of time.Of course, at the end of the Cold War when […]
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  • Fort Campbell soldier’s death under investigation as homicide May 21, 2024
    Army Pfc. Katia Duenas-Aguilar was found dead in her off-post home on May 18. She was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Army photo).The Army and the Clarksville Police Department are investigating her death. The post Fort Campbell soldier’s death under investigation as homicide appeared first on Task & Purpose.
    Jeff Schogol
  • 11th Airborne soldier killed, another injured, in car accident May 21, 2024
    (photo by Eve Baker, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office/U.S. Army).Pfc. Cierra Nglias Truce died as a passenger in the single-car crash. The post 11th Airborne soldier killed, another injured, in car accident appeared first on Task & Purpose.
    Nicholas Slayton
  • USS Carney had ‘seconds’ to respond to anti-ship ballistic missiles May 20, 2024
    Navy commander of the USS Carney told reporters following thhe crew's return from an almost eight-month deployment that they were put to the test with the need respond to anti-ship ballistic missiles, ASBMs, launched by the Houthis in mere seconds. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau).The USS Carney engaged Houthi-launched […]
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  • Wounded Warrior Project is being sued for discrimination May 20, 2024
    FILE: Soldiers prepare to ruck to bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project. (Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin/U.S. Army).A Wounded Warrior Project spokesman said it takes all claims seriously but does not comment on personnel issues. The post Wounded Warrior Project is being sued for discrimination appeared first on Task & Purpose.
    Jeff Schogol
  • 18th Airborne Corps orders soldiers on staff duty to get some sleep May 20, 2024
    Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne sleep ahead of a jump. (photo by Lt. Col. John Hall/U.S. Army).Soldiers on staff duty now have to count sheep and get four hours of sleep. The post 18th Airborne Corps orders soldiers on staff duty to get some sleep appeared first on Task & Purpose.
    Nicholas Slayton
  • US troops to fully leave Niger by mid-September May 19, 2024
    An airman marshals a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. (Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer/U.S. Air Force).The Department of Defense has already started withdrawing personnel from Niger. The post US troops to fully leave Niger by mid-September appeared first on Task & Purpose.
    Nicholas Slayton
  • Bud Anderson, the last World War II ‘triple ace,’ dies at 102 May 19, 2024
    Clarence "Bud" Anderson during World War II, next to his P-51 Mustang "Old Crow." (photo courtesy the American Air Museum/Imperial War Museum).Anderson shot down 16 German planes in World War II, flew bombing missions in Vietnam and served as a test pilot alongside Chuck Yeager. The post Bud Anderson, the last World War II ‘triple […]
    Nicholas Slayton
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  • Four Powerful Gestures June 16, 2014
    Communication is everything in leadership. More importantly, everything is communication—not what you say, but what you do. Your habits, your demeanor, your work ethic, your appearance, your sense of humor. The way you handle success, and the way you handle … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • The Vortex June 2, 2014
    We Navy types are a proudly hard-working breed. However much we may grumble, I think that most of us have that little psychotic voice that enjoys the long hours when we know we are legitimately needed—when the ship gets underway … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • Myth of the “Kinder, Gentler Navy” May 19, 2014
    On leave, your typical sailor goes home to a proud family who break out the faded pictures of Grandpa posing in front of a torpedo-bomber with pinup-girl nose art. In between sea stories of 7th-fleet barroom brawls, Uncle Jim wistfully … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • Talking to Ships May 5, 2014
    Non-shipdrivers will have to forgive me for this one. SWOs and submariners have several habits that make us look like a bunch of goons to the professional mariners trying not to run us over. Among them is our habit of … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • Reflecting on the Damn Exec April 28, 2014
    “Damn Exec” is a classic leadership essay by then-LCDR Stuart D. Landersman. It was in the January 1965 Proceedings, and has been reprinted in countless leadership books, magazines, and training products. It is required reading in many officer and CPO … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • Yes, it’s Your Fault April 21, 2014
    A tired JO complaint is “we’re just here so they have someone to blame.” We hear every day that JOs are a pointless decoration, chiefs really run the Navy, blah blah blah… then when the watch team falls behind PIM … Continue reading →
    Will Spears
  • JO Rules on Facebook! April 19, 2014
    Gonna try something new here… in the interest of making it easier for folks to chime in, tell sea stories, call me a delusional asshole or whatever… and yes, to have more exposure within the JO community, I’m gonna try … Continue reading →
    Will Spears