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Why are the Marines the only branch shown to guard the President?
To be honest, to my knowledge and from being in both the Marines and Army. The Marines are the only branch of service that falls directly under executive command (the president). Meaning the Marines are pretty much at the president's disposal or convenience (forgive my verbage brothers, no pun or disrespect intended). Basically, the president's own personal body guards and branch to utilize at his discretion. The rest of the armed forces it takes an act of Congress to send them into war. Not the case with the Marines.That's the reason the slogan“First to Fight” was adopted. Marines are the first to go via several historic conflicts. Where it was direct order from the presidential cabinet. No need to wait for Congress to pass/sign/declare war to deploy them. Yes, all branches do indeed have specific details that prguards to the president.The Army has the President's 100s. As well as the Navy and Airforce have their own detachments. You simply see the Marines more so, due to the afore mentioned above. They are the president's prized guard dogs so to say. So, it is likely you will always see them around. Wherever the president goes, there will always be Marines present, and ready to lay it down for him. Hope this clears it up for you. Semper Fi
How does the Air National Guard compare to the Army National Guard?
I was in the Air Guard, but interacted with the Army side on a regular basis. There are differences. For one thing, Army Guardsmen are not near as familiar with their officers as Air Guardsmen are. I worked closely with officers and consequently we were more at ease around each other. Another thing to consider is that the Air guard has many more full time guardsmen at their bases than the Army does. due to some peculiarities, it's possible that some enlisted members make more money than the officers.
What happened during the Vietnam War that nobody talks about today?
What happened during the Vietnam War that nobody talks about today?There are a number of things that come to mind …First, many people believe we withdrew from Vietnam in 1973. The treaty we signed in late January 1973 gave us until March 29 to withdraw all combat troops from Vietnam. However, this date is false both ways. First, American military and political leaders made the decision in 1968/1969 to start withdrawing from Vietnam. Following the Tet Offensive, American planners had a choice: ramp up the war again, a war that already saw close to 500,000 American troops and a request from Gen. Moreland for another 200,000 troops, in Indochina, or start winding down the war. In the face of often widespread violent protests domestically and internationally and an increasing militant anti-war movement that was spinning off homegrown terrorists, American political and military planners decided to start withdrawing from Vietnam. In July 1969 American troop strength peaked at 543,000 men. By the end of 1969, there were only 475,000 troops in Vietnam. By the end of 1972, before the peace treaty was signed, American troops were down to 24,200 men, fewer than South Koreans, who had close to 37,000 troops in Vietnam at the end of 1972. The only combat forces remaining in Vietnam in 1973 were some air cavalry battalions attached to helicopter forces. These final few troops were withdrawn March 29. However, when Master Sgt. Max Beilke stepped onto the airplane March 29, there were over 7,000 American civilian employees of the Department of Defense left in Vietnam. The last Americans in South Vietnam, a Navy SEAL unit, may not have left until May 1975, two weeks after North Vietnamese Army units conquered Saigon.Next, we were winning the war militarily when we made the decision in 1968/1969 to withdraw. The Tet Offensive was a devastating defeat for North Vietnam. The Viet Cong basically ceased to exist and was still being rebuilt in 1973. The Phoenix Program, a program designed to assassinate mid- and high-level Viet Cong and South Vietnamese Communist officials and leaders, started in July 1968, was extremely effective killing over 25,000 of these key leaders. Our efforts in the Vietnamese highlands with the Hmong, Montagnards, and other Vietnamese minorities were going well. Frequent bombing raids were carrying the price of the war into the North. We were winning, but the war was still years from being over. The question really was how many more graves was the American public willing to see dug for their husbands and sons killed in Vietnam. American political leaders had lost the American public and, with Walter Cronkite announcing at Hue the war was a stalemate, the key American heartland: states like Iowa, Kansas, Alabama, etc. - states that support the war in Vietnam. However, while the U.S. did not technically lose the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese lost the war as we withdrew two years before the end of the war, we lost the Vietnam War in reality. We lost because our political aims failed. The Vietnam War as not an extended combat training exercise, but we fought to keep South Vietnam "free", or at least not under Communist control. If we had won, there would be a single Vietnam today, probably democratic, with the South beating the North. If the war ended in stalemate, as did the Korean War, there would be two nations today: North Vietnam and South Vietnam, just as there are two nations on the Korean peninsula. However, when North Vietnam conquered South Vietnam in April 1975 our political aims in South Vietnam failed. And, because our political aims failed, we lost the war even if we left an independent South Vietnam.Thirdly, on Sept. 26, 1945, Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, became the first American soldier killed in Vietnam (officially, the first American death in Vietnam is James Davis, who was killed in 1961). This brings up a virtually unknown piece of Vietnam War history: OSS operatives actually helped out Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh starting in 1944. Some context. In 1937, Japan invaded China. An invasion of the Guangxi Province in 1940 cut Chinese supply by the sea. However, Allies could still supply the Chinese via the French port at Haiphong and through the Kunming-Haiphong Railroad, which ran to Kunming in the Chinese province of Yunnan. In May 1940, Germany launched its blitzkrieg against France. As a result, Germany captured half of France and established the Vichy French government. Technically, Indochina remained under Vichy control, but there was significant Free French influence in Indochina. The Japanese immediately pressured their ally Germany to intervene with the Vichy French government to allow them to station troops in Indochina and cut the railway supply line to Kunming. Under pressure by the Germans, the Vichy French government allowed Japan to station troops in Indochina. This would lead to an American/British/Dutch embargo on oil, tin, and other raw materials to Japan (which, in turn, would lead to Japanese attacks throughout the Pacific on Dec. 7-8, 1941) and the formation of the Viet Minh. In 1944, as the Americans advanced through the Pacific, OSS agents landed in North Vietnam to assist Ho Chi Minh. When Ho Chi Minh was ready to declare Indochina independent from French rule, OSS agents provided, at his request, copies of the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution. After World War II ended in 1945, France demanded the U.S. and Britain hand Indochina back to their control or they would ally with the Soviet Union. The OSS argued vociferously that French should not be allowed to reoccupy Indochina and that Ho's government should be recognized. Dewey, an OSS agent, was arrested by British and French forces due to his support of the Viet Minh. The British, in temporary control of Indochina, ordered Dewey deported. He was being carried to the airport when they ran into a Viet Minh roadblock. Dewey made the mistake of shouting at the Viet Minh in French and thinking that he was as French officer, the Viet Minh shot and killed him. After learning who he was, the Viet Minh later apologized for his death. The State Department, on the other hand, argued the U.S. should recognize French control of Indochina. The State Department won. I often wonder how history would have changed if the OSS won the debate and France was not allowed to resume colonial control of Indochina.Fourthly, Americans assume the Vietnam War lasted from 1964, with the Gulf of Tonkin incident, to 1973, with the withdrawal of American forces, or 1975, with the loss of Saigon. The war started for the Vietnamese in 1941 against the Japanese and French colonial forces and ended in 1975 with the conquest of Saigon. It was, for Vietnam, a 30-year war against first the Japanese and French, then the French alone, then the South Vietnamese, then the Americans, and finally against the South Vietnamese alone. And, we did not fight the Vietnam War alone. I think sometimes, when we talk about the Vietnam War, we forget the South Vietnamese also fought. We don't talk about the 250,000 to 300,000 ARVN and other South Vietnamese soldiers who died and the hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese civilians who were killed. The problem, as it is with most sub-standard militaries, was not the bravery of South Vietnamese soldiers, but the incompetence of their leaders. We don't talk about the significant contributions made by South Korea, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, and New Zealand also sent major forces. Over 5,000 South Koreans, 500 Australians, and 350 Thai troops were killed in Vietnam. From what I understand, North Vietnamese and VC feared the Australians equally with the Americans. But who they really feared with the South Koreans, who hated the Communists. And, compared to the South Koreans, American and Australian troops were Boy Scouts. I have read stories about South Korean troops that made me wonder if the VC and NVA were Boy Scouts compared to them. And, another myth is that the North Vietnamese waged a battle alone against the mighty American military. This is not true. China supposedly lost over 1,100 soldiers during the Vietnam War. The Soviet Union supposedly flew several planes over North Korea and lost 16 of their military personnel, not many, but does show they put their people in harm's way.The final thing I will note is that many people see Vietnam as a draftees war fought disproportionately by black soldiers. Draftees were not extensively used in Vietnam until the end of the war when the rate of volunteers went down due to Vietnam. But, by then, Pres. Nixon was rapidly drawing down American forces in Vietnam. Until then, most of the American forces used in Vietnam were volunteers. Despite having a conscription army, two-thirds of all American troops serving in Vietnam were volunteers and 70-percent of American deaths were volunteers. As for as deaths, 86 percent of Americans killed in Vietnam were white and only 12.5 percent were black.
To join the national guard do I just go to an army recruiter?
You can do that. But it might be a good idea to visit CV your local Guard unit first, to see what positions are available.The Guard is made up of local units and can only train people for skills that the unit needs. For example you cannot be a tank crewman in an infantry unit. And you cannot go airborne or Special Forces if the unit foes not use them.
How does the National Guard compare to the Army in the U.S.?
I was in the Virginia Army National Guard, 29th Infantry Division, in the 1990s, so my impressions might be outdated.  However, back then we operated at a slower training tempo with a lot of corner cutting, had equipment that was older and of a lower quality than that of the regular army, and were far more laid back and less spit and polish than the regular army.We were in the most literal sense a militia, second line troops who, the theory went, were familiar with the basics of soldiering, and could hopefully be brought up to speed and regular army standards with a few months of intensive training if we were called up to fight a real war.  The WW1 and WW2 blueprints for making use of the National Guard.I doubt even the most gung ho amongst us had any delusions about our chances if we had been deployed to an active war as we were.
How does the switch from Army National Guard to Active Duty Army work? How hard would it be?
Lot of good information here. Bit of background, I’ve done it. I was Army National Guard for 12 years, and I’ve now been back in the regular Army for almost 12. Just because it’s been so long, it’s possible the answer is (perhaps slightly) different now, but when I did it, essentially the process was getting that DD368 signed.Contrary to one of the answers, the Guard -can- stop you from going into an OCS program. I’m pretty sure that the Army would not even let me apply for OCS without having the signed form. If the Guard has recently spent a bunch of money in training you, the likelihood that they’ll release you is significantly less. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Most people in the Guard are former active duty, so many will support you in that. Some places you may find withhold the authority to sign the DD368 to a senior officer level.You didn’t specify if you intend to go for an officer program. If so, for me the process was to go to a recruiter, who helped me put together a packet for OCS which contained a DA photo, a statement about why I wanted to be an officer, letter of recommendations (which I got one from my company commander), a physical, etc. That went before a board and I was selected. When I left for the Army I think there was something on the DD368 that showed I had entered active duty, and the National Guard processed me out. Depending on the experience of the recruiter they may not know all the details, so you may need to do some research on your own. Mine had not recruited anyone from the National Guard previously. Rules change all the time, though, and only recruiters keep up with it, so make the “career office” your first stop if you go forward with this.If the Guard is not willing to sign your form (for now) you have a few options - one is to look at Active Guard Reserve (AGR) / Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW). In these positions you will remain in the Guard, but will count towards active duty. As previously mentioned if you join an ROTC program that may also be a route, although ROTC does commission to the reserve component as well. What I would not do is go for a Guard OCS program. Those will almost for sure make it that the Guard will not give you up.Finally, a significantly less good option, but I’ve seen people do it is move. When you do so, it’s not feasible for the Guard where you’re at to hold on to you. You’ll be transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve to which you can apply for active duty (I believe without a DD368).Hope this helps!Edit: I realized there is one other opportunity for returning to active duty. If you are currently a commissioned officer in the National Guard, or a Warrant Officer in certain MOSs, there is a program called “Call to Active Duty.” Here is a page with more information. Note it does require a DD368 for both National Guard and Army Reserve.
What are some ways to get out of the Army National Guard?
It is not easy.  One signs an enlistment contract for a specified number of years, that includes active (Drilling) service and inactive service.  Misbehaving or going Absent Without Leave (not showing up) can get you “chaptered out” and there are long time legal consequences for this.  Considering that the Guard often involves only drilling it might be best to serve, and not reenlist.  If it is a real burden, work with your Commander and 1SGT and Personnel Section (S1) cooperatively and see if you can get your contract changed to more inactive time, or make some other arrangement.  There is no better pride to have later in life than knowing you served honorably.  Remember, this will be a life changing decision and you may truly regret it later.  I strongly advise you work with your chain of command to get out honorably.  Messing this up is something you will regret later.
What are some brutal truths about the Vietnam War?
The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were some of the most despicable and hypocritical to have ever walked the Earth. The fact that they sacrificed so many people and in hindsight, the welfare of Vietnam as a whole in the name of their so called “War of Liberation” disgusts me. For all the insults that they hurl at the US and the South Vietnamese “puppets”, I’ve never seen them claim responsibility for the great suffering they caused. They waged a war of liberation against people who did not need nor wanted to be “liberated”.Here is a poem written by an anonymous North Vietnamese soldier. His diary was one of many which were captured in the Central Highlands of Vietnam between July and August of 1965. This will prgreat insight into their perspective.“Since the day I left you mother, to follow my companionsTo Central Vietnam through Laos I've known the hardship of climbing green mountains Of plodding through cold rain and under searing sun In my youth my life should blossom like a flower, But gladly I bore hardship and danger For they told me it was in the name of Peace.Month after month I marched by day and tried to rest by night.My shoes and jacket wore out, so thin the cold easily cuts throughEvening finds me Here in the heart of the Truong Son Range, Oh mother! I yearn for home. I miss the blue smoke, the gourd arbor,The butterflies, the old temple roof --- Oh how I miss them all! But I am here on foreign soilAnd yet the South is too our country ....Here are the same green-crested coconut trees The same roads perfumed with the scent of rice paddies, The same blue smoke tinting the evening sky, The buffalo returning to it's shelter The sound of flute singing to me of home And I feel less estrangedI look around and ask What here needs "liberation"?The market crowded with people in festive mood? The rice field green with the burgeoning crop?The curved roof of the pagoda and it's worship bell?The classrooms, Full of happy children singing in joyous chorus? The gardenWith tiny butterflies busy on the yellow cabbage flowers? Peace and happiness reign through this landWhy did they order me to burn these quiet villages,Destroy rustic bridges And sow the explosive seeds of death Among these people?How my hand trembled when I had to set a mine And then, I watched it do it's work Blasting human flesh and splattering a rain of blood, Whose blood my mother?The blood of of people like ourselvesMy people's blood motherThat night my eyes streamed bitter tears, And my sleep was filled with guilty nightmares”
Is it inappropriate or disrespectful to use the Army National Guard merchandise from your recruiter before you’ve signed on?
No. It is only disrespectful to say you have served when you have not. You are not a soldier until you have completed Army basic and AIT. Feel free to do whatever with the recruiter swag, that shit is handed out like candy.The other side is a bit more serious. It’s called stolen valor. NEVER claim to be a soldier when you are not one, and NEVER claim to have done something as a soldier (if you are one) you have not. Period.ALSO: Sign on, son. You will not regret it. The Army will make a man among your peers these days. You may see combat in Afghanistan, but it is waning.
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