For the crappiest of reasons probably. Perusing â€œHospital Corpsâ€ on FB I see several pictures of identified Hospital Corpsmen on patrol carrying rifles. Rifles! Designed for long distance killing, a rifle is anathema to everything a Corpsman stands for. Or supposed to stand for. Weâ€™re supposed to save lives, not reach out and take them.
Although we trained in their use, I donâ€™t think we were allowed to carry the M16 â€œin combat.â€ Geneva Convention or something. Sure, we had a .45 (M9 later) to protect our patient; but that was up close and personal. Not reaching out to take a life. I would have had no problem killing enemy to protect my Marine patient. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re supposed to do. Itâ€™s hard to explain. It just seems wrong to me.
To me, a Hospital Corpsman using a rifle to kill would be like having a Doctor be a sniper when heâ€™s not treating a patient. The two are incompatible.
Renters just came up and talked for awhile. Theyâ€™re splitting up and sheâ€™ll be moving out over the next couple of weeks. He wants to stay but canâ€™t afford the full amount for rent. But he can afford most of it so thatâ€™s okay with me. Theyâ€™d have to be out by the end of June anyway and getting someone else settled to have to have them move out would be unfair and a hassle. Sorry to see them split up though. Both of them are nice and I enjoy talking to them when we do. Ah well.
Our Saturday date went as usual, mostly. SWMBO bought me some new shoes and a new coat-thingie. Dinner at Arbyâ€™s. Spent too much at COSTCO. Usual Safeway stop on the way home. Did get gas for $1.68/gal with my $.20 discount! That was cool. Got about 22 gallons for less than $40. Nice!