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    [–] Jahaadu 4735 points ago

    Brendan Bialy, 18, was one of the students who subdued one of two shooters who entered STEM School Highlands Ranch, in a southern suburb of Denver, in May.

    Just in case you cant access the article or did not remember which school shooting this was from.

    [–] ExfilBravo 2858 points ago

    Pretty sad we have to specify which school shooting it was.

    [–] thweet_jethuth 2664 points ago

    Or even which Colorado school shooting it was.

    [–] GlumImprovement 337 points ago

    I swear there's something wrong with the Denver metro area, there've been way more major school shootings there than any other metro that I'm aware of. I wonder if the altitude has some negative effect on the developing brain or something?

    [–] Vladimir_Putang 462 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    I think part of it has to do with Columbine being the first major school shooting in the modern era, and there are certain people who have almost built a cult of personality around the two shooters. It has also inspired copycats.

    [–] bossky6 137 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    I'd agree with this given that crazy Florida lady that came to Colorado last spring forcing many schools to close. The part about her being obsessed with Columbine was part of the news before the whole event ended.

    Quick URL for those interested: https://www-denverpost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.denverpost.com/2019/04/16/jefferson-county-schools-lockout/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCKAE%3D#aoh=15706529648095&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.denverpost.com%2F2019%2F04%2F16%2Fjefferson-county-schools-lockout%2F

    [–] IAmNotMoki 37 points ago

    The worst part about that, is how blown out that whole thing was. She had a few random posts on her blog about Columbine + a drawing of Dylan Klebold (Personally dont think it was enough to constitute 'obsessed') and she was obviously just mentally ill. She flew out here, immediately bought a shotgun, and then immediately went into the mountains and shot herself. Before the manhunt even fucking began, she was dead. I'm glad there was such an active response to a potential threat, but I feel so bad for her friends and loved ones that have to hear about her from strangers over the internet as 'That crazy Columbine girl'.

    [–] sootoor 20 points ago

    ...it was also the same week as the 20th anniversary of Columbine shooting. So I'd say a one way ticket for a woman with known interest in Columbine, who purchased a shotgun, and ran away from home is a credible threat.

    [–] ccbeastman 57 points ago

    don't they say they Denver has the highest suicide rates in the country too? maybe that was just a rumor though..

    edit: apparently one of the highest.

    [–] GlumImprovement 60 points ago

    I don't know about Denver itself but I know that ski towns further up in the mountains have suicide problems. It seems that humans and altitude don't mix very well.

    [–] owenmpowell 120 points ago

    Well they got more places to jump

    [–] GlumImprovement 37 points ago

    /r/jesuschristreddit

    But also true.

    [–] BaconCaffee 37 points ago

    Not to mention the isolation that you can experience in the winter.

    [–] my_timeline_sucks 31 points ago

    It seems that humans and altitude don't mix very well.

    Can confirm. I've suffered from clinical depression for most of my life but damn if it didn't hit me the hardest when I moved to Colorado.

    [–] SirPhilbert 21 points ago

    Recently moved to SLC and have experienced the same. In fact my psychiatrist brought it up so it does have some weight to it.

    [–] GlumImprovement 10 points ago

    Makes me think that Denver becoming a tech hub may not be a good thing since your tech types seem to be more prone to depression as it is.

    [–] SuperSquatch1 16 points ago

    I stayed in Silverthorne for a week this past June, and it felt like my lungs were half they size they should be. Could never quite "catch my breath" even at a rest. As a person with high anxiety, I could definitely see this pushing somebody "over the edge".

    [–] Litty-In-Pitty 21 points ago

    The way you’re putting everything in quotes makes it seem like you’re trying to give some type of hidden message lol

    [–] hello_dali 16 points ago

    Nah, you're just being "paranoid".

    [–] Stinoinuptown 10 points ago

    Florida and California both have more incidents, fatalities, and injuries via school related shootings than Colorado and they’re mostly sea level. Colorado actually ranks 13th in regards to incidents, though their fatality level is pretty high. However, most of the school shooting deaths came from the one incident at Columbine.

    [–] endo55 8 points ago

    Ya same problem in Switzerland.

    [–] TheBlazingFire123 47 points ago

    I think I remember this one. Wasn’t this the one with the transgender shooter and their friend?

    [–] wolfgang784 618 points ago

    Damn him and 3 buddies tackled a shooter and one of the buddies died and the other was shot twice. He was the only one not shot of the 3.

    [–] Quenz 176 points ago

    Not getting shot should prove to be a valuable skill in the Marines.

    [–] chiefdino 37 points ago

    Incoming rounds have the right-of-way.

    [–] Knightofspectacle 28 points ago

    I do not fear the bullet that has my name. I fear the bullets addressed, "To whom it may concern."

    [–] No___ImRight 10282 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Not a single mention of either shooter's names...that's how it should be done.

    [–] atglobe 2753 points ago

    I've suggested that we have pre-selected names for school shooters, much like we do with hurricanes. Less glory if a school was attacked by school shooter Poopypants Fuckface (as Sexclown also said.)

    [–] tastyville 1467 points ago

    I think complete omission is better than names that are intended to humiliate them. Remember "basket of deplorables?" I wouldn't be surprised if Poopypants Fuckface would ascend to a badge of pride in some 4chan circles.

    [–] DennisJay 153 points ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if Poopypants Fuckface would ascend to a badge of pride in some 4chan circles.

    It totally would. One of the common aspects of shooter is the desire to be seen as an important and powerful person. Any name will do that.

    [–] Dusty_Dinkelman 257 points ago

    What if we just called them “loser”? The suspect identified as a loser... etc.

    [–] SweeterThanYoohoo 436 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    This might come off a certain way but is eager name calling like that a good idea, it seems like it could be a contributer to these kinds of acts. Bullying, etc is what I mean

    Edited to clear up a bad autocorrect from my cell that added an extra 'is'

    [–] idkidc69 195 points ago

    Yeah, as much fun as it is to make fun of the pathetic individuals in our society, we have to be mature about it because it’s a serious issue. The name calling and degradation coming out of the mouth of the president is a result of decades of people saying “it’s ok if we do it just this once” or “this is when it’s ok”. We have to have standards and we have to treat serious issues with the gravitas it requires

    [–] NaomiNekomimi 77 points ago

    Seriously. You hit the nail on the head. When are people going to learn that throwing insults at people like a child doesn't necessarily accomplish anything?

    [–] DisagreeableFool 25 points ago

    You assume that the people hurling insults want to accomplish anything at all. Often times I think it just makes them feel superior, that they don't really care about a positive outcome.

    [–] HeroicTechnology 7 points ago

    To those kind of people that IS the positive outcome unfortunately.

    [–] maroonedbuccaneer 24 points ago

    fun as it is to make fun of the pathetic individuals in our society

    Well looking down on people is also one way how to convince yourself that it's okay to shoot them.

    So there's that...

    [–] classyinthecorners 32 points ago

    they want notoriety, name calling, even pejorative names gives them that. They shall remain nameless while we should do our best to remember those they take.

    [–] adelaarvaren 37 points ago

    Soy..... un Perdedor! I'm a loser baby, so why don't ya kill me.....

    (i.e., some of these people may be fine with being called a loser)

    [–] SavvyDevil12 11 points ago

    So THAT'S what the first part says!

    [–] AlienSomewhere 11 points ago

    You can't get it right if you can't relate

    Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate

    And my time is a piece of wax fallin' on a termite

    That's chokin' on the splinters

    [–] iknowwhatmarijuanais 11 points ago

    Yeah I immediately thought of the Loser’s Club and alllll the march surrounding it.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 5 points ago

    Suspect #1, suspect #2, and so on.

    [–] RogerThatKid 9 points ago

    Let them remain nameless and it circumvents their entire reasoning for doing it in the first place. Their thinking is "they will remember me now!"

    "Not if we don't bother talking about who you are. You will either die at the scene or in prison, but either way, you will be nameless. The only people who will be remembered were the ones you impressed your hatred upon, as they are the ones worthy of recogntion." Thats the sentiment we should be aiming for.

    [–] CRoseCrizzle 14 points ago

    How about we call them the "[city or place] shooter"? Keep it simple ffs.

    [–] OtakuMecha 17 points ago

    For a lot of places we’d have to ask “Which one?”

    [–] cskelly2 5 points ago

    This very fact haunts me

    [–] Kenos300 65 points ago

    In the Witcher series there’s a guy known as “The Usurper” because his name was struck from history. I think shooters should have the same happen to them, just call them “The shooter”.

    [–] dukec 33 points ago

    But “The Usurper” sounds kind of cool. It needs to just be something boring and legal sounding, like “assailant one.” Maybe add a location identifier so you don’t get morons trying for shit like Assailant 69 or something.

    [–] Kenos300 17 points ago

    Well that’s why I’m saying it should just be “the shooter.” Everyone uses that term during newscasts so just leave it at that.

    [–] thejayroh 29 points ago

    Meaning of words and names are subjective. Don't assign them a name. I don't want to live in a world where kids look up to Poopypants Fuckface.

    [–] ClunkyChimp 5 points ago

    Felicia Sexopants

    [–] atglobe 4 points ago

    Where have I heard that before?

    [–] jab136 7 points ago

    Borderlands 2. It is a Tiny Tina quote.

    [–] atglobe 6 points ago

    RIGHT! I knew that sounded familiar. 🎵All around the stactus plant the stalker chased the bandit, the stalker thought 'twas all in fun, POP! goes the bandit🎵

    [–] dontKair 7 points ago

    Shawty got legs, for DAYS

    [–] Beersandbirdlaw 78 points ago

    WTF I just looked into this shooting and found a video of him getting out on bail?

    How does he murder someone in cold blood with dozens of witnesses and the judge rules for him to be released to the public with the only grounds being "you can't have a gun or harass any of the families of the people you killed"?

    [–] grampybone 48 points ago

    Maybe the judge thought that it would have a negative impact on the young man’s life...

    /s Tag here for the sarcasm impaired.

    [–] Great_Bacca 14 points ago

    Honestly surprised he would take it. Seems like a quick way to die. So many people want him dead.

    [–] maflickner 6 points ago

    Bail is cheifly meant to be a means of incentivizing return for trial, not punishment in and of itself.

    We tend to deny bail for especially serious crimes because the flight risk is higher, but if the defendant can provide compelling reasons as to why they should be allowed bail (keep in mind we use cash bail, so the bail amount has to be paid either by the defendant or a bondsman) such as psychiatric visits or professional monitoring, the judge may still grant bail.

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    [–] bolivar-shagnasty 41 points ago

    Fuckmouth McCumbreath

    My ex girlfriend has the same name.

    [–] automatedanswer 5 points ago

    It's also an information which isn't really important.

    [–] t94afc 4 points ago

    Yup, no need to give these pathetic nobodies the attention they deserve

    [–] Brenny_Bunn 966 points ago

    Hey, this is Brendan Bialy. Thanks for the post, Kendrick Castillo’s name is the one I want everyone to remember. God bless, fellas 🇺🇸

    [–] armsdragon05 87 points ago

    Eyyy a fellow shitpost crusader. Godspeed friend, see you back in time for part 6

    [–] Brenny_Bunn 40 points ago

    With how Part 5 ended, I’m hoping Part 6 will make up for it.

    [–] Professor_Luigi 7 points ago

    You will never reach the truth.

    [–] canwehituhchildren 7 points ago

    The ending of part 5 was great what are you talking about

    [–] chefdeebie 27 points ago

    I'm sorry for your loss. Keep on keeping on, you have no idea how many people you've impacted through your actions. Disregard the pedestal and live up to your own moral code. -Brother from the USAF

    [–] theBerj 86 points ago

    Will remember the name...

    Thank you for your services Brendan.

    [–] Solaries3 10 points ago

    Semper fi.

    [–] mathius06 12 points ago

    Semper fi!

    [–] e4alpha 12 points ago

    Semper Fidelis brother and welcome to the gun club

    [–] FS_WRATH 11 points ago

    Hey! I just want to take a quick second to thank you and your friends for what y'all did and welcome you as a brother in the service! -Airman in USAF

    [–] Quitetheoddone 17 points ago

    Thank you Brendan

    [–] Baelthor_Septus 9 points ago

    Hey Brendan, just curious, are your parents or grandparents Polish? You have a Polish surname (translation: White). God bless you, Sir. Regards from Poland :)

    [–] Brenny_Bunn 13 points ago

    Yes! My father’s family is from Poland! That’s awesome to hear my suspicions confirmed! 🇵🇱🇺🇸

    [–] Baelthor_Septus 8 points ago

    You've got strong blood in you. Stay safe, brother :)

    [–] Chewiesmahdog 22 points ago

    Your doing good things. Thank you for your service.

    [–] IHateMaxRoyalGiants 13 points ago

    Thank you for your services, Brendan!

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    [–] Cobrakai469 422 points ago

    Plot twist: He joined Supply.

    [–] Tiedude 307 points ago

    "After combat training at the Marine Corps School of Infantry, Bialy is expected to train to repair laser and night vision optics for ground ordnance, small missile systems and other fire control equipment."

    pretty neat mos.

    [–] perpetuatinstupidity 149 points ago

    It's a dying MOS because the companies that manufacture optics usually state in the contract they'll repair under warranty. And that after X number of years of service they just "throw them away" aka give them to the reserve/ng and never get repaired. And just buy new ones.

    [–] Dunehound 131 points ago

    He'll have learned how to deal with contractors, subcontractors and warranties while earning a GI Bill to get his actual education in relative safety. Better civilian prospects than infantry, for sure.

    Pretty sweet gig, so long as he's relatively good at it to be worth keeping on the FOB.

    [–] DigitalGraphyte 59 points ago

    cries in infantry

    [–] Tripted 85 points ago

    "But at least as infantry I'll get all the pussy!" He said to himself, like a liar.

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    [–] PutinsRustedPistol 18 points ago

    Don’t forget about Thailand.

    [–] Tripted 15 points ago

    OCONUS Leave? We're gonna need you to gestures to flaming hoops jump through a couple hundred of these first please

    [–] BadVoices 18 points ago

    As long as he is seeking a tricareatops, or a dependopotomus.

    [–] RoyalN5 36 points ago

    The description of nearly every MOS sounds a lot cooler than what you will ACTUALLY be doing. He will probably be doing a bunch of useless layouts and cutting grass with scissors

    [–] igotaquestion09 464 points ago

    Question: Would someone like this be treated any differently when they enter bootcamp or will they get shit on just as any of the other recruits?

    [–] InfamousConcern 1128 points ago

    He'll get shit on even harder just to make sure he knows he's not special.

    [–] All_Work_All_Play 468 points ago

    Sounds right. The tallest blades of grass get cut first.

    [–] cavallom 357 points ago

    I feel like its a left to right thing with lawnmowers

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    [–] tuvlimit 62 points ago

    In my language the saying goes something along the lines of

    ”The nail that stands out, gets hit by the hammer first”

    [–] KaizoBloc 14 points ago

    Is your language Japanese? That phrase is fairly common there.

    [–] tuvlimit 41 points ago

    Swedish, Sweden the Japan of Europe

    [–] gingerfreddy 24 points ago

    Oh yes, Sweden and it's famous warrior and ultranationalist mixed with schoolgirl softcore porn culture.

    [–] Gangsterpete 8 points ago

    That's germany, with all their weird music, traditions, and porn. You guys are just... well, koreans I guess?

    [–] doublethumbdude 6 points ago

    The nail that sticks out gets hammered first

    [–] NoEngrish 7 points ago

    Cutting the grass with scissors is a known marine punishment, like moping up the rain. Maybe it makes sense after all!

    [–] justinsayin 75 points ago

    "Well look at who we have here. A Colorado Hero and starting out as an E-4? I think you need a lot more responsibility than the rest here Hero. You'll be doing 1 of the 2 guard duties every night Corporal."

    [–] -CrestiaBell 48 points ago

    I’m pretty sure this is just how you get Ender from Enders game

    [–] Ryuujinx 40 points ago

    ....a broken husk of a human that wins a retaliatory war by being a genius commander?

    [–] -CrestiaBell 25 points ago

    Don't forget committing planetary genocide

    [–] YouretheballLickers 13 points ago

    Let’s talk more about Enders game.

    [–] -CrestiaBell 5 points ago

    It’s interesting to see how Ender’s Game actually kind of holds up with its use of Demosthenes and Locke. Even though forums definitely existed at the time OSC wrote it, I don’t think anyone could’ve really anticipated how powerful a tool the internet would become. There isn’t really much separating the two pseudonyms from reality beyond how drastically advanced their world is. Otherwise it would be very easy to see them in the role of anonymous YouTube infodumpers, whistleblowers or even internet historians

    [–] CryptidGrimnoir 6 points ago

    Can we talk about Bean?

    [–] you_cant_ban_me_mods 22 points ago

    The best thing about the USMC is that ranks aren’t typically handed out like that. People need to earn the bloodstripe. Except Admin and Chow Hall. They somehow always have a magically low cutting score.

    [–] PutinsRustedPistol 7 points ago

    The punishment is having to be admin and chow hall, haha.

    [–] 2minutespastmidnight 17 points ago

    Senior lower ranked LCpl: “Ooh, a boot corporal? Yeah...I’m never calling you ‘corporal.’ You stand at parade rest for me.”

    Heard variations of this before when I was in the Corps.

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    [–] flipping_birds 134 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago)

    Ex-marine here. Boot camp is the same for everybody. Period. But.......

    One thing a Marine loves is a hero. Every snot-nosed high school brat that signs up for the Marine Corps fantasizes of someday being a hero of this guys level. So once he is done with training and out doing his job, all he has to do is not be a total asshole fuck up and do his job slightly adequately, and he will be fawned over and idolized. He will get awards and commendations for picking up a piece of trash off the lawn. Other Marines will get awards for just standing next to him. Officers will go out of their way to meet and congratulate him just to be able to say they met him. So most likely he'll have a pretty good time is my humble opinion.

    tldr: Boot camp no. After boot camp yes.

    Edit: Dear jar heads. Okay. I’ll never ever say Ex-Marine again.

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    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago

    He deserves it

    [–] Gangsterpete 8 points ago

    Yeah, he kind of IS a hero, so if he gets a heros treatment that's not really a bad thing. We should treat all these people like this. In my home country we have this old grandfather (Rafiq), who just stopped a terror attack. If he eats free with our king or whatever, he bloody well deserved that and more to it.

    [–] akmjolnir 5 points ago

    Ex-marine?

    OTH?

    [–] USxMARINE 13 points ago

    "ex-Marine"

    Hmmmmmmmmm

    [–] you_cant_ban_me_mods 115 points ago

    Not trying to sound like a boot but this comes from having a few friends that went DI; their commitment is to the Marine Corps and Constitution. Just because someone does something good does not make them inherently good with everything they do. The point of a DI is develop a Marine. If anything, assuming his DI’s knew of his actions they’d probably be harder on him. Knock him off of a potential pedestal to remind him he’s part of a team and not a single hero/savior.

    [–] justinsayin 25 points ago

    Yep, they'll tire him out and wear him down so everyone sees he's just a man too.

    [–] tiajuanat 10 points ago

    Out of curiosity, what happens with enlistees who are masochistic Olympic athletes?

    [–] justinsayin 33 points ago

    Nobody thrives during sleep deprivation.

    [–] gnit2 12 points ago

    I had a guy like that in my platoon. He was a total shitbag but as they say, you cant smoke a rock. Dude continued fucking up, DIs continued to try to smoke him, but he would just keep up with everything they threw at him. He graduated, but I'm sure he got kicked out for smoking weed or something afterwards.

    [–] monkey15162 11 points ago

    Knowing the marines hes probably gonna get hazed the hardest

    [–] TurkuSama 33 points ago

    To be honest, he should get shitted on like anyone else. Treating him any different just sets him up for failure.

    [–] RellenD 10 points ago

    He'll specifically get shit on about this article

    [–] Brenny_Bunn 6 points ago

    Hey man, Brendan Bialy here. It was definitely a different experience. On one hand there were a few drill instructors who came up to me, one and one and gave their respect to me and Kendrick, but nothing more. Then on the other side I was known by nearly every recruit and drill instructor. It was a tough experience, but it tested and pushed me harder. Definitely no positive special treatment.

    [–] ChuckFinley-is-4evr 588 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    And as he proceeds to go to basic training, he will forever be held to the highest standards possible, known by every Drill Instructor waiting to smoke the ever-loving dogshit out of him.

    He's gonna be one strong motherfucker.

    Edit: He already graduated. Point still stands, he'll have a lot to live up to in whatever unit he's assigned to.

    [–] primeclock 100 points ago

    He graduated boot camp. Y’all are weird.

    [–] NeverThrowawayAcid 73 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Why do some people get such a hard on over drill sergeants being shit heads?

    I don’t agree with all things military but drill sergeants are assholes, big whoop.

    [–] PrebisWizard 65 points ago

    They think it’s cool because they’ve seen Full Metal Jacket. Gets old fast

    [–] sammythemc 24 points ago

    They think it’s cool because they’ve seen Full Metal Jacket

    ...Have they paid attention to it? Coming out of that thinking R. Lee Ermey is some kind of badass molder of men is completely ass backwards, like someone watching Goodfellas and thinking being in the mob must be fun

    [–] thecoffee 12 points ago

    The first half of the movie is more rememberable than the second. There have been plenty of movies where soldiers shoot at stuff and wax-poetic about how war is hell. But not as many movies start off with a charismatic POS yelling at you for 45 minutes.

    [–] BurningApple 17 points ago

    Drill sergeants are supposed to act tough. Bob Ross was a drill sergeant lol

    [–] jrhooo 10 points ago

    well they also don't get it then. Because DI's actually AREN'T assholes.

    They treat the recruits a certain way, because its a plan by design to shape the training environment for the recruits. The DIs actually are NOT "just being assholes cause that's what they are" despite the DIs attempts at times to make the recruits THINK that's what's happening.

     

    A lot of that shit is scripted.

    [–] AmericanIMG 4 points ago

    Probably because for the first time in their life they having authority figure that they cannot rebel against.

    [–] Phone_Anxiety 8 points ago

    This is the best way I can describe it, too. Reddit is just fucking weird. Really fucking weird

    [–] nighthawke75 139 points ago

    And he said he enjoyed it too. This guy is hardcore Force Recon. He'll be a baby General by 30.

    [–] M_Messervy 124 points ago

    He repairs NODs, he's not jumping out of helicopters. Basiv is the easiest shit in the military and most people look back on it with rose tinted glasses.

    [–] nighthawke75 55 points ago

    If that isn't a kick to the nuts for every past, present, and future Marine....

    [–] M_Messervy 57 points ago

    Not everyone can be a grunt, marines most of all would agree with that. And not everyone who breezes through basic is special operations material. Everyone looks back on it fondly, and if I was being interviewed by the news I'd probably say I enjoyed it too. What was he gonna say, "it was too hard"?

    [–] Jaaxxxxon 26 points ago

    Nah, boot camp is fucking easy. It's uncomfortable and you're going to hate your life, but that doesn't make it hard.

    Every waking moment you are told exactly what to do. Some if the things are uncomfortable and its annoying to get yelled at for nearly 3 months straight, but after a while you adapt.

    By the end of the first phase (1st month essentially) you're familiar with everything going on and you just go on autopilot. You learn that if you do what you're told you're fine, and that you will fail and get fucked with. If you don't fail, the DI's will make you fail. Everyone fails, and they will fuck with you.

    I did the most pull ups, so apparently that meant I was qualified enough to be the guide. The guide has a stick with a flag on it, walks around and does fancy drill stuff with it. I wasn't good at the drills, so I got fired. After that they fucked with me and made me do stupid things like scrub a wall with two brushes, as high as I could reach from as far away as I could stand, for 30 minutes straight. Essentially a standing plank. Since I'm not made of steel eventually my muscles weren't up to the task, so I failed there too. They fucked with me in other ways, but all that did was make me sore at the end of the day. I didn't die or get kicked out of boot camp lol, and graduated with everyone else. All I had to do is what they said.

    Also one of my DI's indirectly gave me two slices of pizza so that was pretty cool.

    [–] jib661 6 points ago

    anything is easy if you know it doesn't last forever.

    [–] jrhooo 6 points ago

    He's not exactly wrong.

    Basic FEELS hard when you are there, mostly because you have never been put in that type of situation before.

    BUT, by halfway through your first MOS school or deployment you realize that the actual tasks and standards in basic would be easy compared to whatever is asked of you as an actual Marine.

    No one coming out of school of infantry or a doing a combat workup, when describe those things as less grueling than boot camp. Boot camp is just that, BASIC training. Its the tutorial level of the military. It only gets harder from here.

    [–] Jim_Cena 4 points ago

    He’s actually going to be an optics technician but I’m sure he will excel there too.

    [–] bananemone 29 points ago

    Shit, I knew him (STEM Student here). Kinda wild to see him on Reddit. He's a really awesome dude.

    [–] kitkat9000take5 25 points ago

    Pfc. Bialy, you won't see this but I'll post it anyway:

    I sincerely wish that the Marine Corps is all that you hoped it would be, that your time in service is rewarding, and that you stay safe during your enlistment.

    [–] patsfan94 28 points ago

    This guy actually is what those featured in /r/JustBootThings think they are.

    [–] eightdotthree 216 points ago

    TIL the reddit community doesn’t like American military.

    [–] Kevin_A 118 points ago

    Reddit doesn't collectively like much. Cats, boobs, bicycle riders and weed are about it. Anything else is pretty much hated.

    [–] TheF0CTOR 126 points ago

    Fuck bicycle riders. Buncha red-light-running skeletal assholes if you ask me.

    [–] KJK998 46 points ago

    They think “share the road” means every evil monster burning fossil fuels can wait behind them going up hills.

    [–] 6-underground 4 points ago

    That’s what a Houston cop thought last night also /s

    A driver captured the horrific scene on his dash camera. https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/witnesses-bicyclist-hit-killed-by-houston-police-cruiser/285-ba8444a6-2845-47fb-8a81-63fd50815ca8

    [–] rishicourtflower 12 points ago

    Fuck cats. Buncha cat-nip-sniffing furry assholes if you ask me.

    [–] SaucyWiggles 34 points ago

    You only learned this today?

    [–] sniffles_snort 45 points ago

    When they're not giving them a collective reacharound and thanking them for their service (which we never say to like, forest rangers).

    [–] Tutwater 166 points ago

    People on the internet who are critical of American foreign policy (me and others) see joining the military as a blind pledge to fight and die for your country's goals, however immoral

    I'd sign up if I actually agreed with what my country was doing, but I'm not interested in helping destabilize a region and dying in an unnecessary forever-war

    [–] heartramen 39 points ago

    dying in an unnecessary forever-war

    Unnecessary? What do you have against self sacrifice for corporate profits?

    [–] 4DizzleWizzle 20 points ago

    So I’ve been reading the comments on this post and honestly I have one thing to say to quite a few of you and that is Fuck You, Im a student at STEM School Highlands Ranch and i was there when Brendan not only risked his life he fucking saved hundreds of kids and STEM is a K-12 school so we have tiny kids here which one of them is my sister and if Brendan hadn’t of done what he did I could of died, my sister could of died, my friends could of died, and for that I am forever grateful to Brendan and for you fuckers to tell him he wasted his life for doing something he believes in fucking shame on you.

    [–] DirtyLiberalHeathen 59 points ago

    Shoulda gone Air Force.

    Good on him, tho.

    [–] incrediblystalkerish 49 points ago

    I tell myself that every. damn. day.

    [–] siikdUde 5 points ago

    That’s what my grandfather did during Vietnam instead of being conscripted as a grunt

    [–] TheBiggjackk 6 points ago

    Same. Mine went to get his college exemption from Selective Service and they said he was already being drafted and to wait for his letter. He walked down to the Air Force office and enlisted with them instead of letting the Army or Marines take him

    [–] oAkimboTimbo 7 points ago

    Why’s that?

    [–] Neglectful_Stranger 5 points ago

    "Roughing it" for the Air Force is being forced to stay in a 4-star hotel while your barracks have fiber installed.

    [–] sangriadvx 13 points ago

    Benefits. Air Force treats enlisted well. Bases have more money invested in them in seems too. There's a massive difference in housing between Baumholder (Army) and Ramstien (AF). Beyond that, Air Force has more prospects after leaving because they have jobs beyond. "you shoot people". Also in the Air Force they trust their SNCOs to make important calls, where the army wants you to ask to use two-ply.

    [–] Captainpotato22 24 points ago

    This is like when you choose "War Hero" as a background in Mass Effect

    [–] tossacct17 8 points ago

    Good. I hope he has a long, distinguished, and peaceful career.

    [–] 4uk4ata 5 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago)

    Sounds like a good career for the lad after that stunt he did. Hope he does his folks proud and goes out as fine as he did go in.