Interview with Nicholas Clements

Anna Roe, Interviewer | 1513
UW Madison Campus Voices | Badger Veterans

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0:00 - Why join the military

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Partial Transcript: Why did you decide to join the military?

Segment Synopsis: He wanted to do something adventurous.

Keywords: Adventure; Marine Corps; military family; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Marine Corps

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0:36 - Transition to and from military

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Partial Transcript: What was your transition like from the military to school?

Segment Synopsis: There were many similarities. After the military, he worked as a camp counselor and then applied to Madison area technical school. Overall the transition into civilian life was smooth.

Keywords: camp counselor; civilian life; Madison Area Technical College; Madison, Wisconsin; Marine Corps; MATC; non-traditional student; student veteran; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps

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1:45 - Choosing UW-Madison

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Partial Transcript: So then why did you attend-- Why did you decide to attend UW Madison?

Segment Synopsis: He wanted to be a badger and his brother went here.

Keywords: home school; home state; UW-Madison

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2:16 - His work in Afghanistan

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Partial Transcript: While in Afghanistan, what was your job/assignment and what did you do?

Segment Synopsis: He supervised an Afghan outpost, acted as a transition force for the Afghans, and went out on patrols.

Keywords: Afghan government; British army; civil infrastructure; deployment; infantry; Marine Corps; transfer of power; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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5:39 - Relations between Afghans and Americans

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Partial Transcript: What were the relationships like between the Afghan people and American soldiers, and then the Afghan army and American soldiers?

Segment Synopsis: Many villagers watched the Americans while they were on patrol; others would flip them off. The children were friendly. The relations between the Afghan army and the marines was not hostile.

Keywords: Afghan army; Afghan civilians; Afghan culture; Afghan-American relations; British army; Marine Corps; resupply missions; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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10:30 - Afghans were prepared for transfer of power

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Partial Transcript: In your opinion and what you saw, did you think the Afghan army was ready for the transition of power?

Segment Synopsis: They were close to ready. They were not bad. Overall, the Afghan army presence was very high in Afghanistan.

Keywords: Afghan army; Afghan culture; Afghan government; Afghan National Police; Marine Corps; transfer of power; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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14:55 - Afghan National Directorate of Security

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Partial Transcript: In your time in Afghanistan, did you see an impact or influence of American training?

Segment Synopsis: In theory the Afghans were supposed to be already trained. The Afghan soldiers of the National Directorate of Security were better trained than the regular Afghan army.

Keywords: Afghan army; Afghan National Directorate of Security; civil infrastructure; military training; transfer of power; War in Afghanistan

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18:58 - Culture shock in Afghanistan

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Partial Transcript: What were some of your memorable experiences in Afghanistan?

Segment Synopsis: Training back home prepared him a little but it was a culture shock for him once he was in Afghanistan. But patrols were fun. Overall, very few violent moments in his tour. The kids were very smart and clever.

Keywords: Afghan culture; culture shock; Marine Corps; military training; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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23:02 - Did more good than harm

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Partial Transcript: With your time in Afghanistan, do you believe you were successful in completing your assignment?

Segment Synopsis: More good than harm was done.

Keywords: Marine Corps; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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23:44 - Resupply missions/Food

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Partial Transcript: When you said you gave out supplies-- You gave it to Afghan soldiers or American soldiers?

Segment Synopsis: We had a giant refrigerator and a cook.

Keywords: food; Marine Corps; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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24:55 - Relationship with British forces in Afghanistan

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Partial Transcript: Were there-- Since the British were also where you were, were there any cultural tensions between American and British?

Segment Synopsis: The British stuck to themselves. But they were nice.

Keywords: British army; Marine Corps; Narnia; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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26:07 - US soldiers were bored in Afghanistan

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Partial Transcript: Do you know what the soldiers that you-- before you came, do you know what they were doing there?

Segment Synopsis: They were bored due to it being the non-fighting season.

Keywords: Marine Corps; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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27:20 - On learning to train Afghan forces

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Partial Transcript: So pretty much all of the training of the NDS was done way before you came?

Segment Synopsis: What did you learn in the course how to train the Afghans? Do not make promises you cannot keep.

Keywords: Afghan army; Afghan culture; Afghan National Directorate of Security; Marine Corps; military training; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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30:40 - Was happy to be in Afghanistan

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Partial Transcript: Anything else you want to add?

Segment Synopsis: He enjoyed his experience but he was bummed he did not see more combat.

Keywords: Marine Corps; security forces; United States Marine Corps; US Marine Corps; War in Afghanistan

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32:49 - End of Interview

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