March 6th, 2010

  • denyce

? enlistment during Vietnam (SPN)

So I'm writing a pre-series piece centered on John Winchester. I'm just trying to fudge through Kripke's canon mess.
Anyhoo it's canon that JW was military a Marine, they ranked him a corporal with company Echo 2/1 (2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Echo company)
Medals in: (copied from the supernaturalwiki)
USMC Expert Rifle Badge
Bronze Star (fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service)
Purple Heart (wounded)
Vietnam Service Medal (served more than thirty consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days, in the Republic of Vietnam between the dates of November 15, 1961 and March 28, 1973.)

First, if one enlisted voluntarily how long would they have to serve? What are the different term lengths? The shortest term? Could one only serve 2-3 years, without being wounded to be sent home? In what circumstances would JW be able to make corporal? And of the medals listed what is more realistic for a short term 2-3 years? The medals, I think Kripke over did it, but in my fic I created an OC an older brother Frank who had enlisted first, and could see the medals split between the two, that with Frank dead, John would have and carry his medals.

Hugs & appreciation in advance to anyone who can help me make head or tails out this… Seriously {thank you!!}