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Pascagoula man goes from 338 pounds to 191 to become a Marine
Sun Herald ^ | Jan 11, 2014 | By PATRICK OCHS

Posted on 01/12/2014 4:56:26 AM PST by Islander7

Almost two years ago, Nunez decided he wanted to "be one of the best," so he picked up the phone and called his local U.S. Marine Corps recruitment office. After checking off various requirements, the recruiter asked Nunez about his weight.

The 18-year-old gulped. Always a heavy kid, Nunez crushed the scales at 338 pounds.

The recruiter told him he should probably consider a different career path.

(Excerpt) Read more at sunherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: mississippi; patriot; usmc
Nunez took the conversation as a challenge, and Monday he is scheduled to ship out to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, S.C., as an athletic 191-pound 20-year-old well on his way to achieving his goal.

"I just wanted to do something bigger than myself," he said. "I wanted to prove that I could do it. When I called the recruiter, he told me I was disqualified and it just kind of … I don't really know. I just knew I had to do this."


1 posted on 01/12/2014 4:56:26 AM PST by Islander7
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To: WKB; wardaddy; Pathdoc; olemisspatriot; dixiebelle; Downsouth55; Michael; houeto; Knight; ...

Magnolia State Ping!


2 posted on 01/12/2014 4:57:48 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

God bless and keep him.
I read his story at the link.
He’ll make a mighty fine US Marine.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 5:03:12 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Islander7

According to the article, the recruiter said, “If you really want this, you are going to have to work really, really hard...”

Wow. He was told of the challenge, faced it and succeeded. Good for him! I don’t even know him and I am so proud of him. You hear of so many stories about people not wanting to put in the time (sweat, blood and tears) to obtain something. This is just such a feel good story on so many levels. Thank you, Islander7!


4 posted on 01/12/2014 5:06:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Islander7

My son starts tomorrow also.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 5:49:07 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Excellence
This young man serves as an example to all the quitters, whiners and losers...the victims...who are collectively pulling us all down.

America was made great by men like him.

6 posted on 01/12/2014 6:04:55 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: momtothree

I have a grandson finishing up recruit training at Parris
Island Jan 24th. Have been told I have to be there 23rd
for doings. I haven’t been there since 1955 for a 4 day
visit. No one ever made any of my finishing ups in military
doings, different world to day.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 6:07:49 AM PST by TweetEBird007
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To: Islander7

Good for him! God speed young man!


8 posted on 01/12/2014 6:10:27 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: kenmcg

Hispanics make good troops. I’ve seen it. They buy into the structure.


9 posted on 01/12/2014 6:24:42 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Islander7

BTTT

Go get ‘em, MARINE!


10 posted on 01/12/2014 6:27:39 AM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Islander7

The military has long worked with a false axiom, that “every soldier should be an infantryman.” But the truth is that as military occupations become increasingly difficult, using physicality as a discriminator can eventually become self defeating.

In the future, the military will need to recognize that they need top notch personnel for *all* their abilities, not just their physical ones, and that they must be willing to sacrifice one unneeded ability for a much needed one.

Many years ago, at the inception of the Army’s “fat man program”, I saw a superb example of this.

A senior supply sergeant, who was quite obese, but a brilliant logistician who had figured out the Army’s still primitive computer supply system, was summoned to a major post by a Lieutenant General who knew him, who had an enormous planned exercise and hopelessly confused logistics.

It took this sergeant several very intense 24-hour days, with the effective authority of a Colonel, to get the logistics straightened out just in time for the exercise, which was then a smashing success.

The General then rewarded him with a glowing commendation, and was not shy that without his efforts, that exercise would have been a disaster, resulting in unfed soldiers without arms or ammunition or even tents and sleeping bags, no fuel or even fresh water.

The Sergeant was then dismissed from the military for being overweight.

I remember sarcasm at the time that the next Pentagon initiative was going to be the “ugly man” program, to eliminate all personnel who were not handsome, on the theory that soldiers that are not pretty cannot be good soldiers.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 6:42:49 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Islander7

stray thought:

I bet he can do 3 pull-ups...


12 posted on 01/12/2014 7:18:17 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I get your larger point, but I have to take exception to your opening statement where you said...

“The military has long worked with a false axiom, that “every soldier should be an infantryman.”

AFAIK, only the Marines make that statement AND make some effort in basic training toward achieving that aim.

I would also caution that the fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan proves what the Marines have said is true... even supply companies can get caught in a fire-fight (Jessica Lynch?) and every soldier, sailor or airman had better know how to employ their personal weapon and follow some basic set of tactics.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 7:24:40 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: TweetEBird007

Wnen I was in highschool, in the 1970s, I went to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego when a cousin finished up. I don’t remember a ceremony, but do remember meeting him to commemorate his milestone and spending time talking. Maybe they have always done a little something, and it just was really low key.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 7:24:48 AM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Excellence
My son starts tomorrow also.

May God bless your son and keep him from harms way. :)

15 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:50 AM PST by broken_clock (Do it Sarah! Cut the ties that bind.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

If we fought in wars with front lines, what you said would be very true. With the reality of recent experiences, what you said doesn’t always hold.

The Air Force still has positions that will always be in the rear but the Army and Marines have in recent times found their rear elements trading fire with the enemy.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 7:56:41 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Islander7

Awesome!

I will say also in his defense, I grew up in Pascagoula and when I go home to visit, I’m shocked I didn’t weigh 300 pounds myself! YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM Cajun YUM!!!!


17 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:14 AM PST by The Toll
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To: broken_clock

Thank you.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 8:40:35 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Islander7

GOD bless him... or continue to because he experienced a true Blessing!


19 posted on 01/12/2014 8:49:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Islander7

I think Minnesota Fats (poolplayer) was from Pascagoula. Must be some good chow down there.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 9:38:17 AM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Tallguy

The Army has taken significant steps towards that mindset, but it’s got a loooong way to go.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 9:45:51 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Islander7

The Corps appreciates that kind of drive.
If you want it hard enough and work for it.
God bless him. (he’s going to need it.)
Dreamed I was at PI again just the other night,
how I made it I don’t know.

Oooorah!


22 posted on 01/12/2014 9:53:29 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Islander7

Now the real work will begins! Say hello to Iron Mike if you’re heading east.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 9:56:59 AM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Tallguy
“The military has long worked with a false axiom, that “every soldier should be an infantryman.” AFAIK, only the Marines make that statement AND make some effort in basic training toward achieving that aim.

When I was in the Army back in the 60's that was how it was in basic.

24 posted on 01/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

The military is no place for weaklings, old people, and the disabled.

Do what we have always done until recently, get a competent skilled man, who is fit and healthy.

In this time of hundreds of millions of population and a tiny military, this is no time to pretend that we are so desperate that we have to hire chicks and obese people because we can’t find a healthy male version that is skilled at the work.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 2:29:46 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee, Wash Post-JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion")
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To: Tallguy
I would also caution that the fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan proves what the Marines have said is true... even supply companies can get caught in a fire-fight (Jessica Lynch?)

It was even more true in past wars, only recently, to create a new myth to accommodate women, did we start pretending that cooks and truck drivers don't ever fight or need to be strong.

26 posted on 01/12/2014 2:35:19 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee, Wash Post-JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion")
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To: ansel12

Let me cite you are real example. This young man who had an army scholarship through an exotic science Master’s degree from MIT. Granted he was also physically fit, in fact far above par. And more than anything else, he wanted to go to Ranger School.

Denied. And they wouldn’t say why, just sent him up the chain, all the way to the Lieutenant General who was the branch commander. The LTG greeted him warmly, then told him that, for the amount of money the Army had already invested in him, it could have bought a platoon of Rangers.

“You are going to spend the next eight years wearing a lab coat, not a uniform.”

In the military, I got to meet a lot of “brains” like that, and though it was absolutely and officially forbidden, they did not exercise, or do PT tests, go on marches, do pushups or anything of the sort. Not their job. Never would be.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 4:03:30 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
In the future, the military will need to recognize that they need top notch personnel for *all* their abilities, not just their physical ones, and that they must be willing to sacrifice one unneeded ability for a much needed one.

You then cited an example of a supply sergeant that was too fat to be a soldier.

The military is no place for weaklings, old people, and the disabled.
Do what we have always done until recently, get a competent skilled man, who is fit and healthy.

In this time of hundreds of millions of population and a tiny military, this is no time to pretend that we are so desperate that we have to hire chicks and obese people because we can’t find a healthy male version that is skilled at the work.

Now you went from regular GIs to scientists, and I presume doctors, we have always managed to accommodate scientists and doctors in the military.

We don't need to continue adjusting down for our NCOs and supply sergeants when they start failing their routine standards for continued employment.

28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:21:47 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee, Wash Post-JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

We can handle scientists and doctors.

“The 79-year-old physician, who is possibly one of the oldest Soldiers on active duty, reported to Fort Benning’s CONUS Replacement Center March 20, prior to leaving for Hohenfels, Germany.”

“Avon Lake’s office has among its staff a doctor with a rather unique distinction. Philip Caravella, a longtime family physician currently practicing at the Avon Lake Family Health Center, could possibly be the oldest person to enlist in the United States Armed Forces at 64.”

“At a time in life when most people are looking forward to retirement, Lawrence B. Bone is heading off to war.
The 64-year-old orthopedic surgeon has joined the Army Reserve and leaves for Afghanistan in July.”


29 posted on 01/12/2014 4:28:51 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee, Wash Post-JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion")
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To: TweetEBird007
No one ever made any of my finishing ups in military doings, different world to day.

I watched my son's graduation from Army basic this summer. What they do now is very impressive, especially for family members who have never been exposed to our military. Thank you for service but enjoy the day. The looks on the faces of family members when they see their soldiers are always emotional and rewarding.

30 posted on 01/12/2014 4:33:15 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: ansel12

Well, we see things differently, that much is certain.

I’m a firm believer in mission accomplishment, based in militancy. If the mission is accomplished with pudgy Boy Scouts, I don’t care, they have succeeded. But if a mission fails, I also do not care if the individuals responsible are physically fit. They have failed the mission. They are failures.

That obese supply sergeant I mentioned not only prevented a disaster, he turned it into a great success, that *nobody* else was able to do. No doubt this LTG had a bounty of physically fit supply personnel, NCO’s and officers, available to him. But none of them could do what this supply sergeant could do. Not a one.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 4:57:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You want to lower standards, even for our existing NCOs when they start refusing to follow them.

We have 314 million people today, and a tiny military, but now suddenly we must lower the standards to maintain a skilled and competent military?

No we don’t.


32 posted on 01/12/2014 5:07:04 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

What we have here is a failure to communicate, so I will leave it at that.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 6:21:40 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
If the mission is accomplished with pudgy Boy Scouts, I don’t care, they have succeeded. But if a mission fails, I also do not care if the individuals responsible are physically fit. They have failed the mission. They are failures.

That is a silly thing to say since no one thinks it, and no one says it, and no one asks for it, and it isn't what we have been doing.

Don't call for lowering standards, especially for our NCOs who are supposed to be setting the example and leadership to maintain them.

34 posted on 01/12/2014 7:27:43 PM PST by ansel12
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