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  1. Ben M.
    Ben M. says:

    Back in those days it was easy to kick soldiers out administratively or by UCMJ, but commanders had to have justification and discharges range from General to Dishonorable. Depending on the circumstances.

  2. John C
    John C says:

    Agree 100 percent: Joining the military for a few years can transform a teenager into a mature man or woman, ready to take on the world and do good for him/herself and others. In my case, PN1 (Personnelman First Class – E6) Guinto anchored my first months in the Navy, after I completed boot camp and reported to VR-21 in Hawaii (Navy made up for the cushy first assignment by next sending me to the Seabees in Vietnam, but I got extra military training and guidance from experienced Marine Corps instructors at the Seabee base in Port Hueneme, CA and was ready for the war zone). I worked under Guinto's direction in the educational services office for the large aviation transport command, and he guided me into a great career path (Navy and beyond!) while I worked for him. Great guy! Had an incredible sense of humor and was a fine role model. I hope he made it to Chief before he completed his 20 years and was able to enjoy a long, happy retirement back in the Philippines.

    Bottom line: Then? the Navy "saved" my life (had no direction from my parents except to "eat up and shut up"; Navy even kicked my father out from boot camp early in WWII, he was so useless to them); so after completing active duty, I transferred to the Navy Reserve and retired in 1994 after a tad more than 26 years of total service. Wonderful active duty and reserve assignments all along, Vietnam included. Hard work, long hours, teamwork, missions mindset ("can do"!). The Navy taught me that I could have a future and to manage my priorities, time, and use resources thoughtfully. Later on? The G.I. Bill got me through college and into a career with companies and organizations across a broad range of industries (construction and project management, space exploration, medical diagnostics imaging hardware/software, web applications, banking and finance, and others). And now? A military pension (more than I ever earned on active duty!) that has been coming in since I turned 60! And I have TRICARE for Life medical benefits that is, as of January 2020, saving my wife and me a total of $208 a month next year by not having to enroll in Part D (and getting stuck with Part D IRMAA). TRICARE includes "creditable" Part D coverage.

  3. Bruce Smith
    Bruce Smith says:

    Thanks Josh been there an done to end the end D.I. called me in an said they rode me harder than the rest because they thought I was going to break. Never did and they respected that.

  4. D Moon
    D Moon says:

    The kind of military esprit de corps of which you speak is like a drug. One truly cannot get enough of it. It exists in other realms of human endeavor, but in the US military it is one’s existential center of gravity. And it never departs, even when it moderates post-service. Once you take an oath to defend the Constitution, you are forever ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with any sisters and brothers in arms against all enemies. For me, this is the National expression of the greatness of our Constitution and our Founders’ creed of unity over division. These bonds, like the Nation they manifest, are indivisible.

  5. Robert Lindefjeld
    Robert Lindefjeld says:

    This is awesome. I shared your video on Facebook and encouraged all of my platoon grunts to follow your channel. Here is what I posted:

    “As many of you know, I follow Josh Scandlen’s personal finance YouTube channel. He is, by far, the best resource for anyone who is nearing retirement and starting to plan for the transition from working life (yes, you have to plan!). Josh is a very experienced financial professional and worked at companies like Vanguard and USAA for a long time and is now earning a living through his YouTube channel (he gets paid through ad revenue). Subscribing to his channel doesn’t cost a thing, and it will change your life. He is doing a great thing helping “average Joes/Janes” deal with their personal finance questions, and I strongly recommend him.

    In any event, Josh posted this video today recounting how his platoon sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division changed his life. I was an Infantry platoon leader and didn’t have the disciplinary issues that Josh experienced, but I had almost the same experience with my own platoon sergeant SFC Eddie Henderson in 1-48 Infantry who left a lasting mark on my life as well. Josh does a really good job here describing the bond that all Infantry grunts share as well. I encourage all my Delta Dawg brothers to watch this and urge all my FB friends to consider following his channel (simply click on the “subscribe” button to do that; again, it is free but the information he provides is priceless!).

    Nicely done, Josh.”

  6. Bob Overdrive
    Bob Overdrive says:

    Great video. I saw a 2nd Lt. in 1990s kicked out of my small Air Force unit within one day. The guy never should have been able to pass ROCIC, OTS, Tech school, etc, but each place passed the buck. Now he was the squadron commander’s problem and his problems were being papered. Kmart calls the base and said he was trying to buy a gun and talking about how much he hated the commander. The guy was kicked out same day.


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