MIL just finished "One Bullet Away"

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  1. eter

    eter New Member

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    I remember someone here posting about it, so when I saw it at the book shop last friday, while shopping for christmas gifts, I figured I may as well pick it up for myself. Even with most my nights since then spent with family and friends, I found a way to rush through this book since I liked it so much. recommended reading for anyone, particularly, but not only, future officers. I've read a ton of good books in my life but this is the one that came and got me the most.
     
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    cool beans. whats it about exactly?
     
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    The author is on MSNBC right now.
     
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    its the memoirs of a young lt. from OCS to deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq with Marine Force Recon.
     
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    Sounds interesting
     
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    cool book... I'm reading it now...
     
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    Who wrote it?
     
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    former Capt. Nathaniel Flick, 1st Reconnaissance Batallion
     
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    Retired Captain? He must have been a mustang :dunno:
     
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    ?? ... after graduating, he toured afghanistan, then made force recon and went to Iraq with them. Promoted to capt. shortly after his return, and then left the marines after 4 years of service. Just because someone retired, it doesn't mean they served for 30 years.
     
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    you cant retire after being in 4 years...thats like saying when i get out im gonna be Cpl xxx , USMC (Ret) ...no
     
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    ah ok, well yeah, it is written Former and not retired now that you mention it.
     
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    Yes it does. You can't retire after 4 years, you may get out after 4 years but that doesn't mean you're retired.... unless you're collecting pension checks every month with free medical care for the rest of your life paid for by the government, then you're not retired.

    When you retire, you retain your rank and you're subject to the UCMJ for the rest of your life... when you EAS and then finish your IRR obligation you're not subject to anything.

    There have been a few retired PFC's and LCPL's over the past year or two that were forced out and received medical retirements, but that's the only way you can retire without doing a full 20, from what I know.
     
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    i dont believe your subject to the ucmj once youve retired. i know we cant do anything with retired folks on my base (charging wise). we would just call the local PD, cause they are civilians. whens the last time you heard of some 70 year old guy doing something stupid out in town then getting sent to the brig? it just doesnt happen..
     
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    I know for a fact that as long as you're collecting pension checks and other retirement benefits, you are subject to the UCMJ... it's just I don't think they really enforce it or anything. :dunno:

    edit: here I found this.... http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292260-906816.php

    Also chapter 5-5 on this page explains it more in detail, but the links aren't working :o

    https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/portal/page?_pageid=278,1949964&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
     
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