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Cheap Shots, was RE: FOR STEFF, was Re: Recruiting
« on: September 21, 2002, 15:51:00 »
Posted by "Michael O‘Leary" <> on Fri, 24 Mar 2000 17:33:28 -0500
Oh, yeah ... thanks for the cheap shot. By the way, I just got my posting
message back to LFAAHQ. How about going down there and helping my wife
clear her new building lot. Remember, I was slave labour too, she‘s the
General Contractor in  the family.  
>From: "Todd Harris"
>Subject: RE: FOR STEFF, was Re: Recruiting
>Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 08:42:35 -0500
>Hey Mike,
>Great post.  If I wasn‘t already in the Infantry I‘d join tomorrow.  -
>PS. I can verify that Mike served at a HQ as I was there with him.  Of
course >he recruited me into slave labour cutting down trees for his house
lot with no >breaks, and only bread and water to live off of.  -
>Todd Harris  
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael O‘Leary []
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2000 17:54
Subject: FOR STEFF, was Re: Recruiting
>Hey man i‘m told you before that i‘m a 15 yaer old and that i would  
>appreciate a few pointers about the infantry and tell everybody to stop  
>e-mailngg i just recieved 138 new messages
        firstly, you have to read the fine print, or be prepared to suffer
Sergeant-Major‘s wrath. This is a MAILING LIST. That means you, along with
everyone else, get a copy of EVERY message posted to If no-one was particularly intrested in your
specific question, then they would not have responded. Additionally, unless
amatter devolvled into an area of private mutual concern between two
recipients, messages would not be sent solely to you.
        Many members of the list have personal military interests and happily
involve themselves in appropriate discussions. They as willingly let other
threads go by.
        If you have specific questions about the infantry, there is
probably about
a thousand years of experience on thie list that could answere your
questions. But it is no simple matter to reduce 10, 20, 30 or more years of
experience into a concise posting that will instill in you an understanding
of what it means to be an infantry soldier.  
        I have been in the Regular Infantry for 18 years, and the Reserves
four years before that. I have served in two Battalions, the Infantry
School, a major headquarters and am currently an Operations Officer for a
training base. I am qualified to site a machinegun or dig a trench for it,
direct artillery fire, guide fighter aircraft in ground attack, or write
nearly any form of staff work known to the Army. I have trained basic
infantrymen, infantry platoon commanders, advanced mortarmen and
nonm-combat arms officers in technical and leadership responsibilties.
        And my experience and skills pale beside those of some of the
on this list.
        I will be happy to answer your questions, but asking for "a few
is somewhat vague.
The infantry is challenging, physically, psychologically and mentally. It
is underrated by many and appreciated only when some dirty job needs to be
done that the infantry are best suited to be tasked. Many days of seeming
drudgery and refresher training may fill the voids between intense cycles
of operational training and employment.
To march through life as a trained infantryman is a significant
accomplishment which really cannot be defined to the uninitiated. The sense
of pride and personal accomplishment each achievement brings is not readily
described - and few other occupations or roles in life offer comparable
opportunities. Many will claim you would learn no trade in the Infantry,
but the professional infantry learns the self-discipline, responsibility
and leadership skills that will carry him or her further than than
aircraft nechanic will go after he/she tires of fixing planes for a living.
Pro Patria
Michael O‘Leary
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Leadership is the practical application of character. - Colonel R.
Meinertzhagen, CBE, DSO, Army Diary, 1899-1926, 1960
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