John at Castle Argghhh! posts this picture of some Big Red One boys with the following caption:
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, fight house-to-house during Operation Baton Rouge, in Samarra, Iraq.
Uh, guys? Didn’t you forget something? You know, it’s really big and heavy? And looks like this?
Of course, as you all probably know, a lot of tankers and artillerymen are serving as infantry in Iraq. The big heavies just aren’t needed much against the ragheads, and there’s an obvious shortage of foot soldiers. So there you go.
The question raised is: Shouldn’t these soldiers qualify for the combat Infantryman’s Badge? Their MOS keeps them from earning it, but their actions certainly seem to make the case that they deserve it.
(Yes, I realize that this picture looks semi-staged. I mean, the photographer is in the area the lead trooper is heading into.
“If this is the crew who were filming us…who’s filming us now? ”
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The exact circumstances of this particular photo are really irrelevant. There are thousands of non-infantry deployed as infantry participating in raids and such.)
Being an outsider looking in, I don’t really know the answer to this question. But it seems to me that these guys should get something. Go read Argghhh! for a lot more info.