Think about it Staff Sergeant, the only folks supporting you in this have no Military experience. If you werent so short sighted you would understand I am trying to save you and that school some embarrasment. If I didnt call you out, someone else would have, possibly in person. Is that a risk you are willing to take? If your mind was in the right place you'd thank me instead of trying to spin this around. Good luck Staff Sergeant, again I commend what you are doing, despise the manner in which you do it.
January 28, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.
Hey Staff Sergeant, do not get upset because I called you out on being wrong. Act like the professional you claim you once were and eat humble pie when a slice is rightfully cut. I am not going to engage in a war of words with a Staff Sergeant who is wrong and knows it and now has his back into a corner. Want to prove that I am not out of the box on this one, try this out Staff Sergeant since your memory is fading about our orders and regulations:1) Take you ass into a recruiting station in that uniform and ask them if you are wrong.2) When they tell you that you are, demand to speak to their Commanding Officer and SgtMaj and ask them the same.3) When they also tell you that you are wrong, ask to speak to the Commanding General and the SgtMaj of the Eastern Recruiting reigon who I am sure can get you in direct contact with the SMMC or Gen Amos.You cannot see the forest for the trees SSgt. DO NOT put my and my fellow Marines manner in which we provide for OUR families in jeporady because you wanna make a name for yourself. All it takes is one idiot in our uniform to do something wrong and then not only do you give the Government a reason to again question if it needs a Marine Corps, you also create a lot of work for it's Commandant and SgtMaj, who now have to do damage control instead of focusing on their most precious resource: Their Marines. If all of this is not enough, click on my name and leave an email address, I will provide you a DSN number to my senior leadership out here and you can explain your "background check", the reason why you are doing it and apologize for wasting their time Staff Sergeant! Again, read the order Staff Sergeant from top to bottom and then tell me I am in the wrong.
January 28, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Ma'am,I do not question the Staff Sergeants heart and I am in no position as a Marine to argue semantics in regards to security in schools and the governments stand on it. My voice is heard only in a voters booth and will remain that way until I myself retire. I made that decision each and every time i raised my right hand to sacrafice another four years.My issue with the Staff Sergeant, while seen as malicious and vile in the eyes of many, is one I am certain that the Marine deep in the retired Staff Sergeants body can appreciate. I am 100% certain he would rather have an anonymous Gunnery Sergeant give him grief over the Internet than a Senior Leader visiting him at his children's school in front of everyone and asking him to explain himself. I do not make the policy, he knows that. As SNCO's we enforce it, and while I have been rather brutal in my approach, which I do not regret in the least, I am sure he would rather it go this route than a Senior Leader catching wind of it via the media and paying him a visit in front of his kids and the people who have placed trust and confidence in him.We as Americans have the power to make our voices heard, but like so many of us we want instant results. I urge those who take this matter of school security to heart and find a way to make their voices heard. Just don't do it in the names of others. That is all.
January 28, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Staff Sergeant, first off, don't threaten me. You cannot for one second tell me that you cannot set the appropriate example for that school, it's faculty and it's children without wearing the uniform. You cannot tell me that we elected people who are deaf, dumb and blind into positions to handle this sort of thing. You cannot tell me that you do not know that the use of the Uniform for a political objective is punishable for a Devil Dog who is on active service and, although your service is up, you take up the obligation to set the appropriate example when that first button is buttoned on that blouse. Would you say the same to your Sgt's Maj if each and every one you served under would approach you about this? You know that they would. My heart goes out to you that your service was cut short, but there is no way in hell you do not know that this is wrong Staff Sergeant. Tell me you have never gotten pissed at someone wearing the Uniform inconsistent to it's regulations and I'll tell you that you never had a Devil one under your charge. Understand where your heart is at and I think I have mentioned that more than once. How do you not expect "Stolen Valor" to not cross an individuals mind who stood on the yellow footprints within the last 18 years and knows this regulation before even crossing the Parade Deck at Graduation? You know better and you know I am right. I stand by everything I have said Staff Sergeant and you know that the right thing is to ask for this to be taken down before the inevitable happens; someone else sees this and it's the Commandant and the SgtMaj of the Marine Corps humbling you, not some Gunnery Sergeant. Staff Sergeant, there's nothing wrong with Khaki's and a nice Polo. Those Cammi's do not make you Superman and is a weak deterrent at best considering everyone knows you are not armed.
January 28, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.
USMC0331, appreciate it Brother. Recently retired....there's no way the Staff Sergeant don't know better. What bothers me is that this drum has been beat more than once over the last month or so and if he did the reserach he says he did he'd know that our Senior Leadership, while acknowledging the fact that it's commendable, has also spoken out against it (wearing uniforms in this capacity) due to the fact that it has been in writing for years now and against regulations. Then you have people coming on here to his defense taking what I know he, the Staff Sergeant, would understand completely out of context and ignorant to the way that we as Marines and the way the Staff Sergeant himself says he lived his life for 18 years.If retired Marines around the globe know these things and still maintain uniform regulations he should as well. I'd be singing the dudes praises for the next week and sharing it with my Devils if it wasn't done in a manner inconsistent with our upbringing.
January 28, 2013 at 7:12 a.m.
Obviously you didnt read my comments jeratboy; he is free to guard and protect as many schools as he sees fit and I commend him for that. What, you need a uniform to protect children? All the names you metioned were not Marines, and what they would or would not think of my comments do not concern me, especially considering the fact that the dead cannot speak. That a Staff Sergeant is blatantly breaking the rules and is pictured and on video does. I am not a rule book reader partner, I live my life by these rules and enforce them. If he is going to lay claim to my way of life for some noteriety he better do the same or stand by to get called out.
January 28, 2013 at 6:34 a.m.
To Ytown615: If the Staff Sergeant that is the topic of this article is indeed a Marine, he gets it loud and clear. My apologies to you and all the other readers of the Vindicator who are out of the loop and do not understand.
January 28, 2013 at 5:34 a.m.
Do you have or maintain any of your Service Uniforms? If a 80 yr old Marine can break out his Dress Blues for a service of some sort (Funeral/ Marine Birthday celebration) I am sure that you can do the same. However, again, you have no authority to use the United States Marine Corps to make a political point, but I am sure you know this.Also, that jacket you were wearing with your Utilities outside in the video....you know, don't you Staff Sergeant?!?!
January 28, 2013 at 2:23 a.m.
The Marine Times specifically wrote an Article on this very same garbage (http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/...), in which our SgtMaj of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett specifically states “This is not the right thing. Not the right time. And not the right place,” Barrett said. “The uniform doesn’t make the man. It’s your character that defines you.” It also states that "he understands Marines’ desires to protect children, but that no one should be wearing the uniform outside of rules and regulations." So, it goes without saying that if the Top Senior Enlisted Marine has spoken out against this, there is no way that what you have done is authorized in any way shape form or fashion by my beloved Corps, and "once a Marine, always a Marine" or not, it is wrong on every level and has done nothing but portray the Marine Corps in a manner none of us who wear or wore the uniform can in our right minds approve of. It's like speaking on my behalf without my permission, and in this case I will represent my fellow Marines and I and correct your blatant disregard for the wishes of our Senior Leadership and the Marine Corps Orders that my fellow SNCO's and I struggle to enforce on a daily basis; something that I would expect a recently retired SNCO of Marines to remember and understand.Vindy, let it be said that the subject of this article and the video on your website "does not" represent nor speak for the Marine Corps in any way, shape, form or fashion. If you don't believe me, contact Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant Major Michael Barrett. He can be reached through the Pentagon and I am sure he will have zero issues offering his take on your article and video.Staff Sergeant, do the right thing; beg the Vindicator to strike this article and the video and if you have to stand watch at your school and want to make a point, do so without soiling that which you say you sacrificed 18+ years for.Curious to know in which units you served in......Your Leadership failed you for 18 years. Contact them and ask for an apology.
January 28, 2013 at 1:50 a.m.
I am currently Forward Deployed to the Middle East and a Gunnery Sergeant of Marines....Staff Sergeant if you are reading this: Wrong Answer Brother!! First, if you were indeed a Marine and had the time in that you say you do (18+years), you would, first off, that we blouse our boots and wear green Skivvy shirts under our Utilities. Also, you would know that MCO P1020.34G w/Changes 1-5 not only states this in writing (read paragraph 3038 in reference to blousing of Trousers. Also Paragraph 3036 specifically deals with the wearing of Olive Drab Skivvy shirts and Olive Drab shirts ONLY in the MARPAT Utility uniform), it also strictly forbids wearing Utilities in the capacity that you have chosen to. The order states in Paragraph 2005 CH 5 2. "The utility uniform is a working uniform and not appropriatefor wear in a civilian environment." How do you sleep at night Brother, retired or not how can you blatantly break a Marine Corps Order and feel right about it. I've been in since 1995 and if my uniform doesn't represent me and my fellow Marines with the respect that we deserve I WILL NOT WEAR IT!!Breaking any Marine Corps Order...inconceivable!! Ok I get it, you got kids at the school, applaud what you are doing and as a Father I get it. But who are you to think you can use the Marine Corps in this capacity? Who authorized you to do this? And who the hell looked you over before you left the house? My wife watched the video and automatically picked you apart and picked apart the haphazard wear of the uniform that you supposedly sacrificed 18+ years to wear in defense of our great nation, and she's a Military Spouse, not a Marine!!Couldn’t you had just done the same without soiling the uniform that my (or our; the jury is still out on if this is a case of "Stolen Valor" or not) Brothers and Sisters are now wearing and dying in? You know you could have stood in civilian attire and also provided over watch, but I guess that wouldn't have been sexy enough. Don’t even attempt to validate your above disregard for the rules and regulations with the "lack of a suitable exchange" route; the wear of the Utility uniform in this capacity is WRONG any way you slice it and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the F***ed up manner in which you wore it Staff Sergeant!
January 28, 2013 at 1:48 a.m.