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(Washington Post)   Military bases are exclusive gated communities run by an utterly insane HOA   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 8
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2013-11-11 03:28:37 PM
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I'm a Marine Core Soldier, so I am getting a kick from these comments.
2013-11-11 03:32:57 PM
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nirwana: I'm a Marine Core Corpse Soldier, so I am getting a kick from these comments.


FTFY
2013-11-11 04:50:51 PM
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Koodz: edmo: Silly_Sot: Your "solution" is to artificially inflate the size of the military

Who said anything about increasing the size of the military? One upside (and there are plenty of up and downsides) is you don't have to pay as much because you just grab people rather than recruit.

Silly_Sot: the country as a whole is already suffering from a great deal of national war fatigue

While I do not disagree, that is trivial compared to the price those who have returned to the war over and over have paid. My best buddy's step-kid now has PTSD after four deployments as a Marine. A real nice kid turned into a mess as of now. Perhaps he shouldn't have to bear all the burden?

Is there a law of conservation here so that we could draft and send five kids and each ends up suffering from .2PTSD?


Did you know that Vatican City has 5 popes per square mile?
2013-11-11 04:14:10 PM
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Sin_City_Superhero: orclover: Sin_City_Superhero: nirwana: I'm a Marine Core Corpse Soldier, so I am getting a kick from these comments.

FTFY

You have been here long enough to know better.  Dont be that guy.

You didn't even notice that I intentionally mis-spelled my correction of his mis-spelling? It's a continuation of the previous joke. Or to put it another way...

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I will now commit seppuku with a spork in shame.
2013-11-11 03:44:09 PM
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edmo: That was a very good read. I'm a former AF brat and also served as an AF officer; all that stuff is right on. I didn't stay for a career but among my friends who did, it's odd how often they seem to wonder what's wrong with the civilian world. It really doesn't occur to them that THEY are the odd ones living in a different wonderland.

The reason for exchanges and commissaries was not that Walmart was more than 10 miles away; more like bases were often 30-60 minutes away from towns. People didn't have two cars then and Mom just drove dad in if she needed the vehicle; she didn't work of course. Pay and benefits were okay but not that great, nothing like today's. Pay for the enlisted troops was (and is) low.

The HOA comparison is pretty good, too. Early one May, I left my house surrounded by 30' high piles of snow to go on vacation. When I returned, there was a ticket on my door for not mowing the grass. Seems they had record warmth while I was gone, even beating normal summer temps, and it melted all the snow and there was my unmowed lawn. This type of "reasonable" is common on base and logical to the military mind.

I'm sure the military would never go the route suggested. They'll claim security needs. But aside form the main areas where weapons are or operational units, most of a given base has minimal security: a chain link fence and occasional police cruiser. In short, the security is less than the ruse the TSA puts us through at the airport.

Another way to bridge that divide is have more people serve. Draft anyone?


This anecdote made me smile. I too was in the AF. I was stationed for 6 years at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT. We would have snow three feet deep and then *BAM*, snow was gone in the morning. Something called Chinook Winds would come tearing up the Rockies from the south. The winds were stiff and the air warm. It was like Zeus turned on his hair dryer. It was easy for a foot or more of snow to be there when you went to bed and gone when you woke up. That's when the a-hole housing inspectors would go out and write up everybody that had dog shiat in their yard. It seemed that nobody liked to pick up dog crap when it is 3 degrees outside.
2013-11-11 03:33:26 PM
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WARRIORS LANDSCAPING CODE
2013-11-11 03:29:04 PM
1 votes:
Is there any other kind of HOA?
2013-11-11 03:26:18 PM
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edmo:Another way to bridge that divide is have more people serve. Draft anyone?

Your "solution" is to artificially inflate the size of the military by imposing compulsory "service" during a period in which the country as a whole is already suffering from a great deal of national war fatigue, even though we have not had a legal war since 1945? Ah, I see, very cunning: The resulting public outrage and backlash will result in severe military funding cuts and massive reductions in force that will result in more military personnel having to become civilians and live out in the real world.
No "divide" will be bridged by forcing people to join the military. Instead, the "divide" will be expressed between the draftees and the Janissaries. The former were forced, essentially at gunpoint (threat of imprisonment counts as "at gunpoint"), the latter were born and bred to the task. Throwing them together will not create harmony unless you also intend to engineer a war as pervasive as WWII to go along with it.
 
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