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rank and file versus the staff officers

i think the soldier in the field deserves our respect more than the staff officers located in the so called safe zones because those are the people that are really taken it on the chin,any mistake the staff officers make the soldersin the field feel it.concerned friend of soldier in the field...and hahahaha were independents.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:35 PM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Not sure I really understand. There are officers in the 'field' too... One of our very dear friends lost his leg (Officer) to a roadside bomb... Are you saying he doesn't deserve the same respect? Please elaborate...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:43 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Plenty of officers are in the field. They don't all sit inside the green zone. A lot of them are down on the ground kicking in doors, just like our husbands are. I think all soldiers regardless of rank deserve respect.

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 6:44 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Are you talking about POGs? Intel? Individuals working in the TOK? That is how our guys get their information. Without them there would be more casualties.

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 6:46 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Are you referring to soldiers like recruiters? Everytime someone in the military puts that uniform on and walks out the door, they are a target. Just as the recruiters in the safe zone of Alabama.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:47 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Without the officers and other intel behind the lines there would be chaos. Meaning the troops would not know where to go ect... There are many officers out in the trenches as well. The officers are highly trained in battle field tactics and without them our soldiers would be lost.


    Answer by pnwmom at 7:49 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • a pog...all that and a bag of chips...

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:52 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • You do realize all those soldiers and officers at home have or will serve overseas right? I mean very few of them will actually spend their whole career behind a desk. So, no, they all deserve your respect.

    Answer by Petie at 7:54 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • My husband was a platoon sergeant when he nearly lost his life. His platoon leader (a Lt.) was not with the platoon - oh no, Lt. was safe and sound back at a command center. When my husband enlisted many years ago, it was very common still for officers to be in the field with their men. Today, not nearly so much.

    Answer by eema.gray at 7:59 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Ummm, wrong answer chickie. My husband is an Officer, deployed twice, he spent more time in the field then his soldiers did. He fixed equipment for ALL the camps, before he would send one of his soldiers he would go....if he wasn't in a convoy going to a different camp then he was in a black hawk going to a different camp....he was on call 24-7....if they called at midnight he was on a flight or in a husband wasn't a desk dweller. Shame on you for insinuating that the officers sit on the butts and do jack!!!!! Who do you think trains the soldiers now?? That's right bigmouth....since you are just a "friend" not really sure you know what you are talking to some more army wives, marine wives, air force wives, navy wives and see what they say!!!! These are our husbands your talking about....{sons, fathers, mothers, etc etc etc etc}!!!!!!!!! ALL SOLDIERS DESERVE OUR RESPECT NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO!!!!!

    Answer by CraZedSAHMof3 at 8:28 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • calm down, crazedsahmof3! i think she means the difference between someone who's on the front lines and someone in an office. as a friend and not a military wife/mom/family member, etc she made a simple mistake. and, i agree that everyone in the military deserves respect, but i also agree with the fact that those on the front lines perhaps deserve a little more. there are exceptions, but the majority of the grunts are not officers and are lower ranks. yes, there are people of every rank and age dying, but for the most part, it's our youth. 20-somethings, fresh out of high school, who didn't go to college.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:54 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

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