This is coolbert:
Read from Strategy Page the full dope on those USAF and USN [air force and navy] personnel deployed to the war zones of Iraq and Afghan but functioning and having a ground combat mission.
1. "Infantry: USAF Cuts Ground Combat Training"
"14,000 airmen a year to be more skilled in ground combat."
USAF and USN airmen and sailor who at least for the air force are graduates of the CBAT and GCS programs.
* CBAT (Common Battlefield Airmen Training).
* Ground Combat Skills course (GCS).
2. "Sailors Serving As Soldiers Has Changed The Navy"
"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had an interesting impact on the U.S. Navy. Since September 11, 2001 over 78,000 U.S. Navy sailors have served as 'IAs,' (individual augmentees), overseas, mainly with the U.S. Army, in combat areas. Most (69 percent) served between 2006 and 2011, the periods of most intensive combat in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Missions to include sentry duty, patrolling, convoy protection, EOD when needed.
Relieve trained combat infantry units of onerous duty. Perform a vital mission and leave the actually active and search and destroy combat missions to the combat arms personnel.
Give the USAF and USN high marks in both cases. Highly motivated airmen and sailors and once again BRAVO!