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Well hello and welcome this is Chuck Holmes greater part-time commander comm in today's video I'm going to talk to you about ideas for recognizing soldiers now for some reason this is a very controversial topic I don't really understand why but there's different mindsets in the army some people think no one deserves an award some people think that people deserve an award for doing every single anything that they do on a daily task and some people believe in some type of happy balance I believe that recognizing soldiers is extremely important it's a big part of your job as a leader it does not mean you have to give someone a medal I think there are many effective ways to recognize someone there are certificates of achievement there's time off there's taken someone out to lunch there's a little attaboy or a pat on the back sending someone a handwritten thank-you note a unit coin and then by all means there's the army achievement medals there's the Army Commendation medals there's different things like that but as a leader as I see it it's your job to recognize your people now some people say and I don't understand this that people should not get recognized for doing their job but every award I've ever seen in my entire career people received for doing their job it really boils down to how well do you do a job do you do it better than other people do you do it above the standard and does your boss take the time to recognize it so I want to just give you a few examples and share my own thoughts about recognizing soldiers as I see it as a leader at least two or three times a year you should find a way to recognize your soldier I'm not saying once again you should give a medal to a soldier two or three times a year but you should take the time to look for the good that your soldiers are doing and find creative ways to recognize them we all like to be recognized it's great for morale and there's nothing I find worse than seeing good soldiers get no type of recognition throughout their career let's face it you like to be recognized I do it doesn't cost you a penny to recognize someone and it's actually pretty easy to do so what type of things can you do to recognize people or what type of things make it worthy to recognize someone here's a few things that come to mind anytime someone saves the unit that's a good time to recognize them if they help improve the morale in the unit if they take some time to mentor someone if they pass an inspection or get a great score on an inspection if they encourage others to re-enlist that would be a great time to recognize someone if they help the unit win some type of.


Why aren't war trophies and "bringbacks" allowed in the US military?
Because the United States military prides itself as the most highly trained and professional military force in the world. We are not thieves, or mercenaries, or rapists etc. The things that occurred in past times are what they are, but the stuff GI's from all allied nations raided, stole, sent home etc. was not anything of military nature or related. They stole all the silver, china, jewelry anything from just regular civilians. You don't win hearts and minds and appear to be a peaceful liberation force if our infantry is tossing every house and taking everything of value. lolIn present day every single box, case, container, bag, you name it. Is laid out and searched one by one by customs agents (usually coast guard) in country.. then they watch you load it all and they seal the container. THEN it gets shipped back to the states.. yes you can slip something small by them but I'm talking something that can fit in your pocket. There have been TONS of soldiers busted building false walls in shipping containers and trying to send back AK's, RPK's, RPG's, AT4's, grenades, you name it. I'm sure some have successfully done it but it's hard, most get caught, and it's not worth being in federal "man sex daily" prison. The invasion of Iraq in 2021 was when we had the best opportunity cause every process for returning home was new and we all had the most equip to bring back. I got Iraqi helmets, bayonets, uniforms, but that was it. BUT every unit was able to bring home some Iraqi heavy weaponry to put outside of our headquarters, we got a couple big ass AA guns. We tried to bring back this Honda motorcycle that the feyadeen has mounted a recoiless rifle to, but the commanders wouldn't sign off. LolTrust me many many soldiers brought back stuff. Just not big, expensive, valuable things or anywhere near the scale of past wars. And no weapons what so ever. Anyone that has been in the post 9/11 military and tells you they got to bring their M4 (or ANY weapon for that matter) home with them is a complete 100% full of shit liar that never served. We wish we could bring guns back like WW2 vets did. That would be amazing.
Did Soviet officers really use automatic weapons on their own troops in Stalingrad as depicted in the film Enemy at the Gates?
Russia is one of those places about which many people are 'experts' but very few actually have a clucking clue what they are talking about. One of the most enduring myths is the old cliche of NKVD 'Zagradotryadi' or 'Blocking units' (a misinterpretation of Prikaz 227 which has been exploited by people in the West for political gain) I'll try and outline what was the case in reality.Order 227 - "Form 3 to 5 well-armed guards (blocking) units (zagradotryads), deploy them in the rear of unstable divisions and oblige them to execute panic-mongers and cowards at site in case of panic and chaotic retreat, thus giving faithful soldiers a chance to do their duty before the Motherland."In the 6th Army (of the Wehrmacht) under Paulus the 'Commissar Order' and the order re: treatment of the local population was disseminated but explicitly disobeyed. In numerous other formations, though, such orders were carried out. The point is that the interpretation and acceptance of such orders (contrary to military 'honour', as they were) was up to the individual officers. This was dependant on their background. The rule of thumb seemed to be that the Prussians were disinclined to follow such orders, whilst younger officers from the core German states had less trouble in the execution of the 'Criminal Orders'. The same applies to the order of 22 July 1942 (a particularly difficult month of the war for the Soviet Union). Individual Osobyi Otyedel (NKVD Special Department) NCO's and junior officers were given vague instructions to separate 'faithful' retreating soldiers from 'cowards' and 'panic mongers'. The NKVD, as an organization, had no clear-cut definition to work with. Decisions were made on a situational basis. What this means, however, is that at no point did NKVD detachments sit directly behind attacking troops and machine gun broken ones. There was a due process to determining if a soldier was to be executed or not.Since the NKVD detachments could not possibly know the exact circumstances of a retreat, the basis for the determination of execution, penal service, gaol or leniency and reconstitution was witness testimony. We now have two key factors:i) Discretion on the part of the NKVD officersand ii) Execution criteria (primarily witness testimony)In order to be executed - rather than sent to a reorganized and reconstituted fighting unit or jail - one had to have the grave misfortune of being confronted by exacting, stringent and unsympathetic NKVD officers (for we are talking about human beings, not a monolithic, magical force known as the 'NKVD' that applied the exact same standard in all situations). One then had to have this misfortune compounded by having an enemy from one's own unit make the claim that the individual in question was a 'coward' or 'panic monger'. Now let us get to the strict interpretation of this order:1) The order was instituted at Army level. This means that '3-5 well armed blocking detachments' were given responsibility for between 50,000 and 100,000 men. As such - at most - we are talking about five companies of NKVD troops.2) Order 227 was specifically applied to the South Western Front - not to the entire RKKA. The order pertaining to the entirety of the RKKA was STAVKA Directive #001919An interesting excerpt regarding Direction #001919:Quote: A report to Beria on October 10, 1941 says that since the beginning of the war the NKVD barrier troops stopped 657,364 lost or deserted personnel, of which 25,878 were arrested and 10,201 shot. Notice the wording. Not simply 'retreated'. 'Lost' and 'deserted'. Meaning, stragglers, intentional deserters etc. Those who stayed with their retreating units were exempt from this order. So we can see that a blocking unit acted as a buffer - sweeping up broken units, rallying them, and sending them back to the front.Therefore, we have an internal NKVD report stating plainly that between 22 June 1941 and 10 October 1941 - the single most critical period of the war on the Eastern Front, and the only period during which entire Soviet units simply disintegrated - some 10,201 men were shot for desertion and 'cowardice'. This is not an insignificant number. But paints a very different picture than the usual portrayal of the NKVD.3) Order 227 only tangentially dealt with the common soldier. It was specifically targeted at 'any commander or Kommissar of a regiment, battalion or an army' who 'retreated without permission'. The prescribed penalty was 'a military tribunal'. Now lets read what Stalin had to say about the new directive.Stalins speech on Order 227 - "This is why we have to eradicate the conversations that we can retreat without ending, that we have a lot of territory, that our country is great and rich, that we have a lot of population and we will always have enough bread. These conversations are false and harmful, as they weaken us and strengthen the enemy, for if we do not stop retreating, we will be left without bread, without fuel, without metals, without raw materials, without factories and plants, without railways.The conclusion is that it is time to stop the retreat. Not a single step back? This should be our slogan from now. 'Ni shagoo nazad' - 'Not a single step back?' doesn't so much seem to be an order, but a motto to be adopted, does it not?And now here is the meat of the order (as I said, specifically targeted at senior commanders, not the common soldier):Stalins speech on Order 227 - "So what do we lack? We lack order and discipline in companies, regiments and divisions, in tank units, in the Air Force squadrons. This is our major drawback. We have to introduce the strictest order and strong discipline in our army, if we want to save the situation and defend our Motherland.We can no longer tolerate commanders, commissars, and political officers, whose units leave their defences at will. We can no longer tolerate the fact that the commanders, commissars and political officers allow several cowards to run the show at the battlefield, that the panic-mongers carry away other soldiers in their retreat and open the way to the enemy. Panic-mongers and cowards are to be exterminated at the site. And now look beyond his bellicose rhetoric and examine excerpts from the actual order:"Order 227 - "b ) In all circumstances remove from offices and send to Stavka for court-martial those army commanders who allowed their troops to retreat at will, without authorisation by the Front commandAnd now for the most common punishment of those proven or allegedly so as 'cowards' or 'traitors':"Order 227" - c) Form within each Front 1 to 3 (depending on the situation) penal battalions (800 personnel), where commanding, senior commanders and political officers of corresponding ranks from all services, who have broken discipline due to cowardice or instability, should be sent. These battalions should be put on the more difficult sections of a Front, thus giving them an opportunity to redeem their crimes against the Motherland by blood. From the horse's mouth: 1. The order was most likely to affect the Kommander and Politruk - NOT the men.2. Penal battalions. NOT execution. Execution was reserved for the 'unredeemable'.This was a race war. A war of total extermination and subjugation of an entire people. It was about survival - no more or less, and if the Soviet people were to overcome the cataclysm that had befallen them then such measures were needed. It is a point of fact that many Soviet soldiers and Commanders whole-heartedly approved of it. There was to be no more retreating - they were going to stand, and fight, and die if necessary. There was no other conceivable option.
Is it necessary that we have to fill out the MDS form for the army after BDS?
Yes,To appear for interview for grant of short service commission in army dental corps, u got to qualify All India MDS entrance and secure a rank.Call letters for interview are sent based on your entrance exam rank.
Are U.S. veterans preferred as an employee compared to their civilian counterparts?
These days it is very difficult for an employer, or a business to find conscientious employees. That's a Fact. First-time, wannabe employees don't know how to dress, how to act at interview, and don't even understand the concept of what "Having a job" means. They're just as likely to show up late on their first day, resent receiving instructions, moan & whine, hide from supervisors, and not return after lunch break. They have "reasons" why they have to be "off early" why they can't work certain days, nights or weekends ( when the employer most needs them ) you can almost be sure that they will show up at work "with cell phone in hand" and they feel like they are doing the employer a favor by working for $9 an hour. ( They really expected $15 an hour, a company car, and a "Title worthy of their self-importance" ) Yeah, that's him over there in "Receiving" Sleeping on top of some cardboard boxes...A Veteran, is a different animal all together. From the first day when he showed up, he stood up straight, looked you dead in the eye, and told you he was ready to work. He was clean, straight, sober, squared away, and on time. He's a "Self-Starter" and he's a "Go-Getter". Tell him what you want done & get out of the way. He'll Improvise-Adapt & Overcome. He'll get the job done. No bitching or complaining, Hell, this is the easiest job he's ever had, and he'll go the extra mile for you, just say the word. You know where he is, what he's doing, and he works until quitting time every day. He checks out with you before he leaves of the day, and in the morning, he'll be back, ready to give it 100% again. If you think Employers don't know that, you are sadly mistaken?Sure some jobs ( mostly Federal Jobs ) offer a "Veteran's Preference". However, Employers CAN apply for benefits in the form of tax incentives for hiring Vets, and even MORE if the Vet happens to have a disability. In addition, what employer doesn't want to advertise: "We Hire Veterans" - "Veterans on Staff" or "Our Staff of Military Veterans are Ready to Serve You"... It's just plain good for business, and they know it.So, let's kick it up a notch: The employer had interviews today with two young ladies for a position as Factory Security Guard. Both Ladies were:Named: Mary22 years oldSingleExcellent HealthPhysically FitEager to workWell dressedSharp AppearanceTotally Business-like.Both ladies gave good answers to all questions, and appeared to be equal in all respects. Although both appear very eligible, only one job opening exists.-------------------Mary #1 Just graduated from BlahBlah University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. To date she has no experience.Mary #2 Was recently discharged from the US Army, having been trained and served for four years as a military police officer. Her resume' states that she has had various, increasing levels of responsibility concurrent with her added rank and levels of authority. She has supervised 20 junior personnel, served in a War Zone, and been awarded 8 medals for her service. She received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army after completing her assignment as NCO in charge of the Nuclear Materials Transfer Branch at Fort CandyButt.So ladies & gentlemen, I'll toss it out to you for some "Role Play". YOU be the employer. Who will you hire to fill the position? Be Honest.Let's find out - in our own Survey, whether Veterans are Preferred employees.Vote Now:
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does prall the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative.   You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions:  How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution- Caution-   Answers to frequently asked questions:  - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave.  - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave.  - Soldiers do not need permission to get married.  - Soldiers emails are in this format: Caution-mailto: anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account.  - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide ‡ family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses.  - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles.  - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind.  - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops.  - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country.  Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you.  We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual.  For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles:   This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution- Caution-   CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers  Caution- Caution-   FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution- Caution-   U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution- Caution-   DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution- Caution-   Use caution with social networking  Caution- Caution-    Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution- Caution- or visit Caution- Caution- .  The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot prthis information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056.   If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution- Caution- . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not.  If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is:  Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357  In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately.  Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution- (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution- Caution- (Federal Trade Commission's website)
Does a girlfriend have to fill out a leave request form for a US Army Soldier in Special Operations in Africa?
Let me guess, you've been contacted via email by somebody you’ve never met. they've told you a story about being a deployed soldier. At some stage in the dialogue they’ve told you about some kind of emotional drama, sick relative/kid etc. They tell you that because they are in a dangerous part of the world with no facilities they need you to fill in a leave application for them. Some part of this process will inevitably involve you having to pay some money on their behalf. The money will need to be paid via ‘Western Union’. Since you havent had much involvement with the military in the past you dont understand and are tempted to help out this poor soldier. they promise to pay you back once they get back from war.if this sounds familiar you are being scammed. There is no soldier just an online criminal trying to steal your money. If you send any money via Western Union it is gone, straight into the pockets of the scammer. you cant get it back, it is not traceable, this is why scammers love Western Union. They aernt going to pay you back, once they have your money you will only hear from them again if they think they can double down and squeeze more money out of you.Leave applications need to be completed by soldiers themselves. They are normally approved by their unit chain of command. If there is a problem the soldier’s commander will summon them internally to resolve the issue. This is all part of the fun of being a unit commander?? If the leave is not urgent they will wait for a convenient time during a rotation etc to work out the problems, if the leave is urgent (dying parent/spouse/kid etc) they will literally get that soldier out of an operational area ASAP. Operational requirements come first but it would need to be something unthinkable to prevent the Army giving immediate emergency leave to somebody to visit their dying kid in hospital etc.The process used by the scammers is known as ‘Advance fee fraud‡ and if you want to read about the funny things people do to scam the scammers have a read over on The largest scambaiting community on the planet?