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I'll agree with many here that this will only work (part way) if the physical standards and requirements for women are raised to the level of the males. Few 130 pound gals are able to lift or drag a wounded 200 pound male out of a fire zone and into cover.
I agree in general with what you are saying, but at the same time, how many 130 pound dudes are able to lift or drag a wounded 200 pound male out of the same situation?
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There are a rare few officers in the US Army that have served at the grunt level. I knew one well at McNeese. He made it up to E-5 or so before getting out to go to college. He completed ROTC there and he got a REGULAR Infantry Commission, not a Reserve. The state of Louisiana provides free tuition for National Guardsmen at state colleges. Quite a few go for ROTC while in school. Two of my Uncles were commissioned from McNeese ROTC. One ended up at Captain after serving for years.

Some officers have been promoted from senior enlisted men and some rare ones got Combat promotions. You can apply for OCS, but I don't know how many are taken.

Second Lieutenants normally come from college or military academy. Some like the Citadel and Norwich get in as well. There is a reason these guys should NOT be given live ammunition!

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Hi Pru: I have heard of combat commisions but have always been under the impression that they were temporary,I could be wrong though. Or it could be differant in the USA.? lcm1
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There are a rare few officers in the US Army that have served at the grunt level. I knew one well at McNeese. He made it up to E-5 or so before getting out to go to college. He completed ROTC there and he got a REGULAR Infantry Commission, not a Reserve. The state of Louisiana provides free tuition for National Guardsmen at state colleges. Quite a few go for ROTC while in school. Two of my Uncles were commissioned from McNeese ROTC. One ended up at Captain after serving for years.

Some officers have been promoted from senior enlisted men and some rare ones got Combat promotions. You can apply for OCS, but I don't know how many are taken.

Second Lieutenants normally come from college or military academy. Some like the Citadel and Norwich get in as well. There is a reason these guys should NOT be given live ammunition!

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The last time the Army issued a battlefield commission was during the Korean War.

The USMC issued 62 battlefield commissions during Vietnam. The Army issued zero.

None have been issued by any service since then.
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Hi Pru: I have heard of combat commisions but have always been under the impression that they were temporary,I could be wrong though. Or it could be differant in the USA.? lcm1
They can give out Reserve Officer commissions. These are "temporary" only in they can make you go back to civilian life. Once you make officer, you are one for life, unless they take it away. You have to apply to go active. I remember a program where they offered National Guard and Reserve Captains a chance to go to Europe on active duty.

They used to refuse to allow officers that got passed over a second time for promotion to stay active. One option they had was to re-enlist as an E-3 Enlisted Man. This way the "officer" could get his twenty years of active service in and retire. Retirement benefits were based on highest active duty rank earned. This was more popular before , after WWII and the Korean War. I think they closed this loophole in the 80's.

While the Army did not make battlefield commissions in Vietnam, they could send the deserving Enlisted Man to OCS. The course lasted 90 days, hence the title "90 Day Wonder".

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They can give out Reserve Officer commissions. These are "temporary" only in they can make you go back to civilian life. Once you make officer, you are one for life, unless they take it away. You have to apply to go active. I remember a program where they offered National Guard and Reserve Captains a chance to go to Europe on active duty.

They used to refuse to allow officers that got passed over a second time for promotion to stay active. One option they had was to re-enlist as an E-3 Enlisted Man. This way the "officer" could get his twenty years of active service in and retire. Retirement benefits were based on highest active duty rank earned. This was more popular before , after WWII and the Korean War. I think they closed this loophole in the 80's.

While the Army did not make battlefield commissions in Vietnam, they could send the deserving Enlisted Man to OCS. The course lasted 90 days, hence the title "90 Day Wonder".

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You can also apply for a direct commission. In my old unit we had an E7 put in her packet and get picked up.
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What MOS were you in and what branch did she get a commission in, if you can remember.

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They can give out Reserve Officer commissions. These are "temporary" only in they can make you go back to civilian life. Once you make officer, you are one for life, unless they take it away. You have to apply to go active. I remember a program where they offered National Guard and Reserve Captains a chance to go to Europe on active duty.

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While the Army did not make battlefield commissions in Vietnam, they could send the deserving Enlisted Man to OCS. The course lasted 90 days, hence the title "90 Day Wonder".

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What MOS were you in and what branch did she get a commission in, if you can remember.

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I agree in general with what you are saying, but at the same time, how many 130 pound dudes are able to lift or drag a wounded 200 pound male out of the same situation?
I dunno-but I've seen some very able and strong 'small' Marines carrying at least 60 pounds of gear on a 10-15 mile hike outmarch bigger Marines and all of the females fall out, 130lbs or not.

I've also seen the 'bad' runners on a hike carrying the same amount of equipment outhike the unit's marathon runners...

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I dunno-but I've seen some very able and strong 'small' Marines carrying at least 60 pounds of gear on a 10-15 mile hike outmarch bigger Marines and all of the females fall out, 130lbs or not.

I've also seen the 'bad' runners on a hike carrying the same amount of equipment outhike the unit's marathon runners...

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Long and lean is good. I'm tall and stocky and played football (US not soccer).

I've also found that many of the physical requirements, such as conditioning hikes, etc., were 'mind over matter' as they say. They hurt, but they were supposed to...

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It takes a bit of both types. Lean and Wiry do some jobs better, bulky and powerful do others better.

Problem is what Massena brought up last.....mind over matter. In my time in the Corps, I met a grand total of 1 female that could excel by male standards. She was a reservist. Her day job....Fireman. She could do 20 true pull-ups, and had a very respectable run time. The majority of the rest that I met on both sides of the house could hack their standards to some degree, but couldn't hack the male standards. Very often they would complain if they were made to do something where they simply had to keep up with the males.
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