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Roles in the Corps: Infantry

Dues: I am Sergeant Dues. I am an 0311 Infantry Rifleman. And I'm one of 2nd Platoon Squad Leaders. Short story, when the guy's out there with the rifles, you know, boots on the deck, we're the ones going out there and doing the patrolling day in day out. A lot of stuff we're capable of doing. Anything from being on foot. Basic security patrols, we can do recon patrols, we can go out there, hunt down the enemy or, and then you can throw us in the vehicles. We can patrol in vehicles, do some of the same things with trucks that we can do on foot. We have to know down to the smallest level, a large spectrum of things. I think what separates us the most is basically our level of training, our level of dedication. My Marines, the Marines that I train, I want to teach them the basics, the fundamentals, the things that are going to be there to save us in case, say, that GPS goes out, the radio goes down. In the infantry, we have to depend on one another. We form a brotherhood throughout training. I have to rely on my team leaders and make the right decisions when I'm not there. Preparing not only myself and my Marines, it's a long task. It's something that can never be said, hey, you're done. You're finished preparing for this. To me and to my Marines, I think that training is something that you'll always continue and you can always learn something every day. The Marine Corps has got a warfighting doctrine that talks about the preparation for war, that everything we do now is going to translate into what we do when we actually operate. That holds so true. We're capable of being sent anywhere on a short notice. We have to be ready for, not only the kinetic fights, the wars that are going on now in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have to be ready for any other types of stuff. Maybe it's humanitarian operations. So we have to be, not only ready to do the jobs that we came in the Marine Corps with, but we have to be able to learn. We have to be prepared for anything else that can come down the pipe at us. My last deployment in Iraq, there was about 18 Marines and we were partnered with an Iraqi Army division of about 700 or 800 soldiers. Now, we were partnered with them, slept with them, ate with them, patrolled with them, and that was definitely a great experience. When we were actually operating, that's why we do so well, because we're out there fighting for the brother on your left and the brother on your right. I love being a US Marine. I love being able to say that I'm infantry, I'm the one with boots on the deck. It's one of those pride things. I'm proud to do it. I truly am.