MIL did the Marines screw me

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  1. Pusan

    Pusan New Member

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    I joined as a 0311 and went to SOI and became a Infantry reservist.

    Now I'm in a unit called PRP in which we are "the first line of identification for fallen Coalition forces"

    What we do is essentially if someone dies we go out in a convoy and recover the remains and bring them back on base.

    If the remains are from an exploision we get on line and police call the area for ears and feet and stuff.

    After we get them all back we inventory all personal items (such as writing down the serial numbers to every dollar bill on his person, what size his underwear is) and do a "belived to be" id on him (DNA is done at Dover).

    After it is all done (leaving all his gear still on him, for anyalyzing purposes at dover) we put him in a tranfer case, drape the flag and send them home.



    Now I signed up to be infantry, was told I was going to still do "infantry" stuff in this unit before I came on, and now am deploying with this unit to Iraq.

    Do I have the worst job in the Marine Corps now and did I get screwed?

    I mean some days im going to be sifting through intestines for wedding rings and stuff like that. Awesome.

    EDIT: This title sucks I know....
     
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  2. Scrooge McDuck

    Scrooge McDuck OT Supporter

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    are you going to be recovering bodies under fire?
     
  3. Pusan

    Pusan New Member

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    Not usually, most are from IEDs.

    But last detachment that goes had alot of problems of Insurgents seeing a bunch of Marines just standing around and getting the KIA out of the area that they were attacked a bit.

    We will do about 1 search and recovery outside the wire a week or two. Most of the time they helo the guy back or if a humvee was blown up they drag the whole humvee so we go and sift through the ashes and look for bones and stuff like that.
     
  4. TRN

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    I was thinking you were going to be bitching about being in a physical reconditioning platoon.

    :o
     
  5. Pusan

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    Personnel Retreival and Processing
     
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    Technically, that's a quartermaster job. But I think it's very honorable!.
     
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    I was given a tour of JPED at Aberdeen, It is very sad. But they do a great job there.
     
  8. Pusan

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    No one else is allowed to touch any of the remains. In fact my secruity clearnace had to be bumped up for this. And unfortunatley EVERYTHING on that person is documented and sent home, regardless of what is on it.

    The only stuff we dont send back to dover with the remains is anything that would compromise OPSEC, such as comm equipment, maps, documents.

    Stuff like thumb drives we go over to make sure there is nothing classified on it.

    Also we are not allowed stricly under any circumstances to take photographs of dead Military personnell, but NCIS may come and document it if it's a suspect case.

    Theres lot's of little things about this job, stuff like proper folding of flag over a transfer case, and the terminology itself. It's not bodies, it's remains, it's not a bodybag it's a remains pouch, it's not a casket it's a transfer case and other stuff like always going into a room with the deads feet going first.

    We also process Iraqi military and civilians.
     
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    I personally saw JPED do this. :confused:
     
  10. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    army?
     
  11. Pusan

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    the army used to do it for us but the Marines want Marines to care for thier own.
     
  12. whitecouch

    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    Sounds a lot like honor guard just with a remains sorting portion...
     
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    remains pouch?
    :ugh:
     
  14. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    I just remember the Army's only job for awhile was to mop up civilians after we went through a town. They also refused to enter in some sectors unless we take point.

    As for your situation, while it does sound like the suck you're still doing something very important. Others before you have given their lives, if your tiny part of the green machine is to mop up and make sure their families have comfort, so be it.

    As a reservist you job literally depends on whichever unit you go to. If you really dont' like what you're doing find another unit within a 150 miles radius and apply to transfer there.
     
  15. Sharkticon

    Sharkticon The safest place in combat is on an AEGIS Class Gu

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    They used to do it but their accountability sucked. Marines/Navy do it now. I'll/Injured Patient Tracking Teams and PRP.

    IMO, you're not screwed. You are doing your fellow Marines and Soldiers a great service.
     
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    I haven't read the thread, but just the title, but I can tell you the answer is yes, you were screwed.
     
  17. Pusan

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    Yes, bodybag is a taboo phrase in the unit.

    But doing police calls in fallujah for ears and legs or sifting through the ashes of a humvee for bones is not why I joined the Marine corps.

    I mean yeah It makes me feel good when I'm at the chow hall and a grizzly old First Sergeant asks me what PRP does and I tell them and they just look at me and go "God damn Marine, god bless you".

    If I dont like deploying with them that much then I can always either do Recon in GA (a couple of Marines did that after coming back) or LAR Btn in Ft Dietrick, MD.
     
  18. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    If the duty doesn't appeal to you, then pursue other options. I would think some sort of medal or other recognition would be given to someone who performs this duty, due to the nature of it.
     
  19. Sharkticon

    Sharkticon The safest place in combat is on an AEGIS Class Gu

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    Whoever told you that you would ONLY be doing your assigned "job" in the Marines lied to you. But I sincerely doubt you were told that.

    That "good feeling" should be plenty of motivation for you.

    Do your job to the best of your abilities and move on.

    That's not asking too much, is it?
     
  20. ///

    /// Born and raised in Ohio

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    man thats probably gonna haunt you, or give you some kind of psychological problems later. that shit is fucked. seeing dead bodies and mangled corpses day in and day out.
     
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    /// Born and raised in Ohio

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    :hsugh: umm yeah, thanks for clarifying that.
     
  22. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    pretty sure it's a war
     
  23. Pusan

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    From 1 - 7 a day.

    Our AO is Fallujah and Ramadi so any civilians/insurgents/Marines there come to us.

    They are really good over there about keeping you sane, if it's too much for you to handle you can always just say "I need some time off" and step away from it.
     
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    /// Born and raised in Ohio

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    :rofl:
     
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    /// Born and raised in Ohio

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    from 1-7 bodies a day?!?
     

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