Should he stay or should he go to school after he departs the military? Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta announced that he will not reenlist and depart the military and pursue his college completion in Colorado. By no means is he required to continue his service in fact he has not only served honorably, he has served above and beyond as he was the latest recipient of the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan. But should he stay or should he go?

What is best for himself or best for the country?

It’s a difficult situation and there are many factors over him while making this decision. With the experience he has, could it be better for his country for him to stay and perhaps be a teacher in one of the many military schools or simply as a mentor/role model in the Army? He states he desires to pursue his college education but why not stay in the military where he could receive the same education, probably at the same school while the military pays for it as they do for anyone moving into active duty and pursuing college. Currently in the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team . However, as a living Medal of Honor recipient he may simply want the extra attention to end. Perhaps along with several additional psychological factors impeding on his decision he just wants a normal life. Unfortunately, after you receive the MOH, I don’t think anything is ever normal again.

Think back to the times of WWII and the famous American flag raising on Iwo Jima and Ira Hayes was sent back to the states to sell War Bonds. He felt guilt that he was in the US while his buddies were still at war. He didn’t want to be a “poster child.” Granted we aren’t in the same situation but could the living MOH recipient do something like Ira Hayes did?

What say you?

In the end the Staff Sergeant has made his mind up (perhaps like Bret Farve he will have a change of heart and stay for one more season) and has currently released he is departing the Natl Guard. Check out the below poll and tell us what you think he should do.


Time for a Cgar and your thoughts in the poll.



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  1. It’s his call. Stay or go will not change the respect and honor those of us that “get it” hold in our hearts for him.
    Drive on, Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, all the best to you and yours in the coming years.

  2. It would be wonderful to have him stay in the military, but it’s his decision to make. I only hope he will continue to speak to others about what our military goes through, and to encourage young men and women to volunteer.
    My husband and I had the honor of meeting Michael Thornton, another MOH recipient last year. He is a wonderful man who loves his country and his brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

  3. He should be promoted to 2Lt. and have his college paid for. Now that he has the MOH his life will never be the same. He could have just about any duty he wants.

  4. It’s his call, let him follow the dream he has, who knows what will come of it in a few years.
    Its rough to stay in, a different kind to get out and no guarantee that he’d be able to continue by staying … on that note RIP SSG Olaf “Oz” Schmid, EOD, UK – described by those in the 2nd Rifles as the bravest man they knew – credited with taking out over 64 IEDs.

  5. I have no doubt he has thought this decision through carefully, and deserves the exact same gratitude and support regardless.
    I expect he is paying more attention to what is best for his family, not necessarily himself.
    He has already amply demonstrated that he prioritizes the welfare of others above his own.
    Good on ya, Sergeant, and all best wishes for any and every path you choose.

  6. The question posed in this blog is, “should he (Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta) stay or should he go?” For all non-military people, the question literally means, should Sal reenlist or depart the Army via Expiration Term of Service (ETS). I submit, there is but one correct answer to that question and only one person who can answer it. That person is Sal and his answer is go. Is Sal somehow acting in an unpatriotic manner for choosing to ETS? Is he letting down his unit or his command? Or is he seeking to do more with what he has been given. I propose the latter. It is my belief that Sal recognizes an opportunity to greater excel in life based upon courageous acts of valor performed during service to his country.
    Unlike Sal, I have never directly saved anyone’s life neither in combat nor in peace. I am not known by many. My face is not posted across newspapers and internet blogs. However, like Sal I enlisted into the Army. After fulfilling my initial enlistment, I chose to complete college and apply vital skill sets developed via my service in the military. ETSing from the Army and focusing completely on school overwhelmingly aided my academic success. I believe the same thought process will work for Sal. As long as he wears the uniform and represent an elite league of living Medal of Honor recipients his time will be tightly managed. He will have greater flexibility attending a university in Colorado as a civilian. Therefore, at a minimum ETSing makes academic sense.
    Subsequent comments to this blog stated that Sal should receive a commission to 2LT and have his college paid for. Frankly, I think Sal would develop into a great officer and leader. Just keep in mind, if and how Sal chooses to seek a commision is up to Sal. After ETSing from the Army I chose to seek an Army commission via Green to Gold. Like Sal and every other person who has sought a commission, I had a many options to choose. The option that best fit my personal and financial situation was commissioning through Green to Gold. Which option would be best for Sal if commissioning was an option? Only Sal could answer.
    In conclusion, I restate my answer to the question proposed by the author in this blog. Sal’s choice to ETS from the Army and attend college is the right choice. I qualify my position by first having served as an enlisted Soldier and as an officer for over 17 years. I understand the requirements and benefits from both perspectives. I have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan Theaters of Operations and understand the woes of battle. Grant it, not to the extent as Sal. The point is we have given much for the security of our country. And last, he seeks to do more in a greater capacity. Likewise, my successful military career as a Medical Service officer has been dedicated to excel and achieve at the highest levels. I say, God Speed Sal.
    MAJ L. Pete Peterson

  7. Should he “Go” or “Stay” that’s not really for me to say because I’m not him or living his life.
    What I do feel is that no matter what he does once those around him discover that he “IS” a “Medal of Honor” bearer then the questions and looks will begin and this will happen over and over until the end of his days. (Hopefully the questions will be ones that aren’t in the range of ‘MORON’ and the looks will be ‘RESPECTFULL’ and not of the 3-headed type.)
    If this is one of the main reasons that he wants to leave then maybe he should speak with some of the other “Living Medal of Honor” bearers to discover how they have and/or are handling this/these problems for they will not go away and in a few cases be a whole lot worse.
    No matter what you chose Staff-Sargent, you have my respect and not one “dumb-ass” question.
    From a very greatful civilian with Warriors in her background…
    THANK YOU for all you have done.
    THANK YOU to your family for all they have given as you served.
    Miss Em

  8. First off you need to do your homework, he isn’t in the National Guard! Second, he should get out of the Army, he’s done his part and he is married. Time to move forward and get an education and live life!

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