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Armed GSDF member briefly goes missing overnight in Sapporo

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Or got ‘nervous in the service’?

Interesting how they were quick to notify education authorities, was there any indication something may happen?

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Well, getting yelled at screamed at by drill sergeants is not a pleasant experience. In these times, in my opinion, everyone is too weak and sensitive. I mean, what did he think when he joined the army? That they'd be peaceful, quiet and understanding. No. Their job is to filter out the warriors and wimps. If they had done a quick spot inventory, they could have avoided this from even making the news. I wouldn't want JSDF people next to me in a firefight. America is #1 for a reason. Now, if Japan would remilitarize and make mandatory conscription a thing, I'd wager the population would increase and Japan could become a force again. Right now, they are just an international laughing stock with a lot of high-tech weapons, ships, etc.

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Marc LoweToday  05:40 pm JST

Right now, they are just an international laughing stock with a lot of high-tech weapons, ships, etc

The armed forces of the United States does not agree with your view. We know very well what the Japanese are capable of. That they have no been in any conflicts since inception is not a measure of capabilty.

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Now, if Japan would remilitarize and make mandatory conscription a thing, I'd wager the population would increase and Japan could become a force again.

Won’t and shouldn’t happen.

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Marc Lowe

Today 05:40 pm JST

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about. As an active duty Marine, I trained with the JGSDF on several occasions. They are a well trained and disciplined fighting force.

As with all branches of any country's military, there is always the 10% who fail. That might be a data point you can identify with.

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Well, getting yelled at screamed at by drill sergeants is not a pleasant experience. In these times, in my opinion, everyone is too weak and sensitive

Well current modern warfare all sophiscated weapon system all you need just button and joystick. Unless you want to stick with Vietnam/Korea era doctrine you can keep that drill sergeant.

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This week's disappearance of the GSDF member prompted police to notify the Hokkaido and Sapporo boards of education to urge all local schools to lock down and be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously.

Act suspiciously, while what they try to find is really specific a person with military fatigue and possibly with specific weapon by broadening by telling them "suspicious" it can lead innocent person that go nothing to do with incident, being pointed as a potential culprit which just a waste. While actual person of interest still out there.

Now the person that can really trigger high alert is Japanese own member of military personal.

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Ive met plenty us marines in Japan that think their marines but never do anything but complain and whine , cause problems and act like arrogant hill billies on steroids.

Have you shared your thoughts with them? Your feedback could be invaluable in helping them become better Marines.

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kinda concerning that the education board immediately ordered the lockdown of schools in the area just because of an unaccounted straggler. If you asked me, the civilian authorities could've mobilized the police and other emergency services instead. For those who don't know, land nav when you're cold, wet, miserable and carrying heavy gear gets tiring real fast. Stragglers are commonplace, but they're usually found with their training/ battle buddy. I wouldn't write this off as an incompetence by the JGSDF, it's just that authorities are understandably jumpy in light of recent events.

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I feel that this was a slight over-reaction by the authorities.

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A JGSDF “Lead Private” is equivalent to a USMC Lance Corporal. A rank achievable by two years of service and being somewhat mentally functional.

It appears to be an over reaction to a slacker getting lost on a patrol or land navigation exercise. Something that happens all the time in any military.

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LOL… All barrel no Bullets

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Armed GSDF member briefly goes missing overnight in Sapporo

Easy to do, especially in Susukino.

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