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An Open Letter To Free Republic
Free Republic | 29 SEP 2004 | Old Sarge

Posted on 09/29/2004 7:41:48 AM PDT by Old Sarge

Dear FRiends:

Many of you who inhabit this virtual home of ours, know me by reputation, and a few personally. I am so proud to be counted among your ranks, and numbered among your company. We laugh, we cheer, we argue, we fight, we weep, we support, and we live, all in this place we call home. And all who do know me, know that my greatest wish is to serve this nation of ours in uniform.

That opportunity has arisen once again, as I return to Active Duty once more. This time, though, the mission is something unique to my experience, something I have never done in twenty-plus years of Active, Reserve and National Guard service. For as of next month, I shall become… a Recruiter.

Yes, you heard it. I shall shortly become one of those intrepid souls who venture out into the countryside, into the schools, the marketplaces, the state and county fairs, and anywhere else that citizens gather, to bring to them the virtues and distinctiveness of military life.

Now, I am going to confess something, here. I know that I shall be bringing to the job a very unique set of skills and experiences. I know that usually the older recruiters have an advantage over younger troops in the job, because they’ve seen and done so much more. That would be true, if this were a parallel universe.

This is a nation at war. A war that is not only on the battlefields, but also in the minds and hearts of its’ own citizens. Young folks today are technologically savvy, have better access to more data, and their innate distrust of adults has been hardened by focus-group-tested ads. In short, I shall be playing to a very hostile audience, which has been fed the bitter food of a poisoned ideology.

And this is where you, each of you, come in. As I begin this mission, I am recognizing that I must be better informed than anyone else, more than ever before, about more issues than I gave myself time to consider. And there is no better place to find these things, as I tell my soldiers who ask me, than Free Republic.

I need links, Web pages, facts and evidence, for the questions and sound bites that will be cast upon me. Young people have issues that matter to them: jobs, education, the “draft”, to name a few. I don’t doubt there are others; I need those, as well.

So, consider this an open appeal to my Pajama Patriot comrades. Help me to prepare for these upcoming debates. Arm me with fact and truth. Equip me with the data, debunked or confirmed, to do one sincere thing: to help me articulate what I might not otherwise say clearly, that their nation, this mightiest and best of nations, is worth their support and their service, and that there is no more honorable and noble title than United States Service Member.

Vigilantly Yours,

OLD SARGE


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1 posted on 09/29/2004 7:41:48 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; bentfeather; MoJo2001; tomkow6; Spotsy; ...

PING.


2 posted on 09/29/2004 7:42:08 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge
Sarge, God bless you and thank you. I can safely say that your work is greatly appreciated by me and by most of us here on FR.

Work hard and go with God, my friend.

3 posted on 09/29/2004 7:43:24 AM PDT by mhking
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PING


4 posted on 09/29/2004 7:43:35 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

I salute you Sarge. Good Luck on your new venture!!


5 posted on 09/29/2004 7:44:31 AM PDT by zarf
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To: Old Sarge

Well, lessee

Kerry is a toad for example and Edwards is a ......
No, wait you want something you can use.

Well,then, good luck in your new work in that case.


6 posted on 09/29/2004 7:44:49 AM PDT by ASOC (You only have the freedoms you are willing to fight for today.)
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To: Old Sarge
I volunteer as a researcher. FReepmail me any request that you have and I will try to help.
7 posted on 09/29/2004 7:44:49 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Old Sarge

This is great! Good for you.


8 posted on 09/29/2004 7:45:12 AM PDT by EggsAckley (..........nobody knows how to lose a game like the Niners............)
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To: Old Sarge

Thank you for your service. Advice from one who recently enlisted - be honest, don't intimidate and don't make calls at dinner time.


9 posted on 09/29/2004 7:45:14 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Am back but just for a short while)
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To: mhking

I second that. Your recruiting efforts are to be admired and will assist the U.S. in the war on terror. Thank you.


10 posted on 09/29/2004 7:45:30 AM PDT by cwiz24
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To: Old Sarge

I have no doubt you will be a great one. Good Luck!


11 posted on 09/29/2004 7:45:45 AM PDT by 50 Cal (Next time you think nobody cares if you exist just don't pay the IRS!)
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To: Old Sarge

God bless you Old Sarge, we are here to serve...ask and you will receive.


12 posted on 09/29/2004 7:46:12 AM PDT by donnab
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for your service. Again!


13 posted on 09/29/2004 7:46:50 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against Jean-France Kerry.)
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To: Old Sarge

Thank you and God Bless you.


14 posted on 09/29/2004 7:46:52 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Old Sarge
I'm with you Sarge, every step of the way!!

Does this mean your poetry time is limited?? grins and hugs!!
15 posted on 09/29/2004 7:46:58 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~Poetry is my forte.~)
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To: Old Sarge; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it
Report to the Freeper Foxhole for your training, Sarge. Lots of informative and inspirational war stories over there.
16 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:12 AM PDT by snopercod ("I'm so proud to be a part of this great mass deception" --Frank Zappa)
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To: Old Sarge

God bless you and all the brave men and women in uniform.


17 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:37 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Old Sarge

Good on ya, my friend, which I am proud to consider you. Best wishes in your new service to our country.


18 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:39 AM PDT by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for your service Sarge and God's blessings on your new endeavor.

no dems


19 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:44 AM PDT by no dems (Does the BC/'04 Campaign staff monitor this website? If not, they should.)
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To: Old Sarge

A recruiter !?!? What little credibility you had before will now evaporate ; )

Congradulations. Anyway I can help, just say so. Can you recruit 50 year old USAF Cold War vets?


20 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:47 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: Old Sarge

You are my hero!

God Bless You


21 posted on 09/29/2004 7:47:55 AM PDT by backinthefold (I just got my right-wing agenda, I have 12 credits, anyone want to join a study group?)
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To: Old Sarge

Whatever you need Sarge, you know where to find me...


22 posted on 09/29/2004 7:48:07 AM PDT by Fintan (Oh...am I supposed to read the article???)
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To: Old Sarge

Good luck in your endeavor.

May I suggest you create a ping list, so you can ping those willing to help.

If you do so, please add me and I will do what I can.


23 posted on 09/29/2004 7:48:23 AM PDT by babyface00
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To: Old Sarge
Good luck, Sarge!

(But you never got back to me with the results of that "homework assignment" we discussed a few months ago. LOL.)

24 posted on 09/29/2004 7:48:36 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I made enough money to buy Miami -- but I pissed it away on the Alternative Minimum Tax.)
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Sarge, God go with and keep you my friend. We here at FR will help with gathering info for you.


26 posted on 09/29/2004 7:49:33 AM PDT by afnamvet (Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 Jet Noise...The Sound of Freedom!)
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God Bless you Sarge...

May I be your first recruit? I want to re-up!

27 posted on 09/29/2004 7:49:38 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (I am not late for Zots, I have stealth Zot capability.....)
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To: snopercod

:-)


28 posted on 09/29/2004 7:50:02 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for stepping forward again. Let us know how we can help you.


30 posted on 09/29/2004 7:50:30 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Bush Democrats = Zell's Angels)
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To: Old Sarge
BULLY!
31 posted on 09/29/2004 7:50:38 AM PDT by null and void (Bring the War on Terror home! Vote for Kerry...)
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To: KantianBurke

Ya know, those words were among the first out of my NCOIC's mouth.....


32 posted on 09/29/2004 7:50:57 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

Bump for later and a big OORAH!!, Sarge.


33 posted on 09/29/2004 7:51:00 AM PDT by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: Old Sarge

You will serve in the future, as you have in the past.......

With honor, courgage and distinction.

Good luck and God bless.


34 posted on 09/29/2004 7:51:15 AM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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Good for you Sarge. Thank you for your continued service. You just holler when you think the folks at the Foxhole can help. We're here for you.


35 posted on 09/29/2004 7:51:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Old Sarge

While I can't do a lot, I can do a little in honor of your service. I think I'll order some pizzas and send them down to our local recruiting office today.


36 posted on 09/29/2004 7:51:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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Sarge,

I'm an "old guy", but I too share your desire to get back into uniform.

If you can pull some strings, I'll suspend my Social Security checks, and go back on active duty. Hell, I could be a company clerk (see how well I type?!,and let some younger soldier be assigned to something more productive.

I can be your first recruit.Sign me up, and tell me where to report for basic!! :o) (Now going into attic to see how much those fatigues shrunk since I last wore them!)


37 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:12 AM PDT by Rhetorical pi2
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I'm expecting lots of political slurs coming my way. What I need is to be able to debunk the slurs as they occur.

Fast comebacks seem to play well.


38 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:15 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

We're all pulling for you out here. Please send your recruits on over to the FR Canteen, where they will be supported and entertained!


39 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:21 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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Thank you and God Bless you, Old Sarge


40 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:39 AM PDT by processing please hold
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To: Old Sarge

Old Sarge, God Bless and keep you. I retired after 24 years in the USAF and now work as a DoD civilian. This puts me smack-dab in the middle of a lot of enlisted and even a number of officers. If you ever need perspective or other information, feel free to ask...


41 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:46 AM PDT by trebb (Ain't God good . . .)
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To: bentfeather

As long as I have inspiration from people like you, I'll never stop.

And we'll always dance, you and I.


42 posted on 09/29/2004 7:52:55 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

Best of luck!

You will do a great job!


43 posted on 09/29/2004 7:53:10 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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Thanks Sarge!


44 posted on 09/29/2004 7:53:44 AM PDT by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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Oh, my! I guess you're not so "old", are you?

Good luck out there. If I can think of any words of wisdom, I will surely pass them along. I never got tapped for recruiting duty, thankfully.

45 posted on 09/29/2004 7:54:17 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Actually, the cutoff is 35 years and 364 days, if I'm not mistaken. And the lower limit is 17 with parental consent.

I'll firm these numbers up when I report.


46 posted on 09/29/2004 7:54:29 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

Sarge, charge right on into the fray - God Speed!


47 posted on 09/29/2004 7:54:31 AM PDT by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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Best of luck Sarge...a couple things to consider:

The percentages of voters aged 18-30 are more pro-Bush than any other age group as reported in the Best of the Web Today from yesterday. I don't know that you will be debateing to as great as a degree as you are predicting! The youth of today are much more conservative than the youth of Baby Boom or X generations!

I also believe that your job will be MUCH easier after the election! Once GWB is re-elected it will be much more likely that potential recruits will sign on with confidence that they are serving a great country under an appreciative Commander in Chief!
48 posted on 09/29/2004 7:54:40 AM PDT by marktuoni (Freepers, in their sleepers are getting to the truth.....)
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To: Alberta's Child
D'OH! You're right! FReepmail me with it again?
49 posted on 09/29/2004 7:55:29 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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awwwwwwwwwww, I have missed you these last couple of days!


50 posted on 09/29/2004 7:55:52 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~Poetry is my forte.~)
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