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According to some official sources, such as the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC), the presence of criminal gangs in the U.S. armed forces is a growing concern. Other sources, such as the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID), found that criminal gangs in the military are not a major problem within the branch. As a result of these conflicting reports it is important to examine the problem of gang members in the military and attempt to assess the seriousness of the situation.


Under current law, when a citizen marries a foreign national, the alien spouse is granted lawful permanent residence on a conditional basis for the first two years. (INA § 216(a)(1)) The government removes this conditional status only after it determines that the marriage is legitimate—a process that includes an interview during the 90-day period leading up to the two-year anniversary of obtaining (conditional) LPR status. (INA § 216(c)).  H.R. 398 suspends the 90-day period in which the citizen and spouse must complete the interview to remove the alien’s conditional status if the citizen (or the alien spouse) is a member of the U.S. military serving abroad. (H.R. 398 at § 1(a))

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Comment by Moxie on November 17, 2011 at 8:56pm


Comment by JPD on November 17, 2011 at 8:53pm

I’m sorry, I commented when your post only contained the first line and three links??? – the bottom two paragraphs were not present when I posted. That said, just a descriptor of a united front against the invaders.  

I just refreshed and your second comment popped up, Hoplite - "Spartan warrior never fought to defend himself, but only to defend the ones he loved." 

I'm ready 

Comment by Moxie on November 17, 2011 at 8:39pm

Ok..I think I get it now! 

We are the Spartans Hoplite...Sensai?

Comment by Moxie on November 17, 2011 at 8:25pm

Not sure I follow JPD..what is the affiliation of the Spartan and Gang Members in our Active Military?

Comment by JPD on November 17, 2011 at 8:02pm

The style in which the Spartan Hoplite used these weapons was a discipline learned from years of training and repetition. Spartans were in superior physical condition allowing them to use their weapons and armor in battle without fatigue and failure. The Spartan Hoplite warrior fought in what was called a “phalanx” or tight formation that would vary in numbers of men across, but always eight men deep. Because of the width of the battlefield at Thermopylae, Leonidas brilliantly formed the phalanx in three groups of 8 by 8. They would utilize assigned groups based on years experience together. In Spartan hoplite tradition a group could stay together for years. The groups of phalanx were strategically used to control the battlefield tempo and the morale of their own warriors. No one ever stood and fought first line for an extended period of time. This was achieved by each hoplite being methodically replaced, rested, and then returned to the front line by a rotation dictated by the timed and simultaneous steps of the men. These steps were never out of sync or independent of the man on the right or left. The direction of steps was controlled by a “fife” that after having been briefed (in this case by Leonidas), of the field strategy would play high pitch tones that could be heard in battle above the noise. For example; one pitch meant right step, another pitch meant left step, and another for what was called the “feint step.” At Thermopylae, fighting in this way, in those conditions and perimeters, the Spartans could have defended the pass for weeks against Xerxes’ army had they not been betrayed and compromised into a position of being rear flanked. The fighting technique of the Spartan Hoplite would be duplicated for centuries including our own. The hoplite warfare was also unique in that a warrior only fought in formation with his right hand, and he never used his shield to protect himself - only to protect the man on his left. There had to be absolute trust and deep love between the men in the 8 by 8 formation you see, because the Spartan warrior never fought to defend himself, but only to defend the ones he loved. 




















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