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BlackHawk09er

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Was researchin different military paths i could take for my JROTC class and was wondering who all here served in the military, Active or reserve, any branch.

dont forget to tell any interesting expierences

i really love to hear about the storys vets have, i am thankful for every single one of you

hopefully i will have storys of my own soon:salute:
 
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Sams01XplrSprt

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my gf bro just graduated from the marines he goes back again on the 29th of december and he is 18 years old. He graduated from camp pendleton. When he goes back on the 29th of december they are making him go to 29 palms.

But he is going to be recruiting for right now till he goes back on the 29th. He has to get up today at 7am. I guess he is going to work with his officer everyday monday through friday i believe from 9am till 4pm
 
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Personally I haven't been in the military. But I was an Air Force Brat, lived on a military base until I was 11.

My dad was an avionics mechanic/tech/something like that. I don't really understand it and some stuff he can't tell me :eek:. Now he's retired from the Air Force and doing and Engineering job for Boeing after 21 years in the military... :thumbsup:
 
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Bill Kemp

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I was a draftee in the Army for 2 yrs. My son has been in the Navy for 3+ years. Last year I cruised with him on his ship from CA to HI.
Having seen both I would sure encourage any one to join the Navy.
No comparison.....
 
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I am in the AF Reserve coming on 2 years in Feb. I do Nondestructive Testing, and I love my job and my unit. I love the A-10, which is the plane I work on, and the people in my shop and in the unit are great. Some of them have been working on planes for longer than I have been alive, so the wealth of knowledge among these people is huge. Due to the fact that it is a reserve unit I am not able to do my job as much as I would like to, (I am only there a few days a month) but I have had a lot of fun and some great experiences in the short time I have been enlisted.
 
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I was in the reserves for almost two years while I was in high school. I was a 42A (Human Resource Specialist) drilling at Ft. Knox, KY with the reception battalion for basic training. I in-processed soldiers going to basic there before I had even been to basic for 6 months, lol. It wasn't a bad job, it was easy and my unit (like most reserve units compared to Active component) was pretty laid back. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't something I wanted to do full-time when I went active in 2005. So when I signed up for active duty after I graduated high school, I re-classed to 25B (Information Technology Specialist) and was forced to sign up for 6 years since the training alone for my MOS was about 6 months and they gotta get their moneys worth out of me.

So far, I have loved my job and have got a crapload of experience in networking, programing, and computer troubleshooting. I've always been a techie, so this MOS is perfect for me. My first (and favorite so far) duty station was Korea (one year tour if you're single) working as a WAN administrator for the entire southern peninsula of Korea. I gained a boatload of Cisco/Foundry router and switch configuration/troubleshooting knowledge, as well as basic computer systems administration experience. Plus I was in a decent city (Deagu) where the clubs and bars were fun as hell and I got tore up more times than I can count. The soju experience is one everyone should have at least once, lol. One of the perks of being signal there too (at least in my battalion) was there was absolutely NO field time or exercises. It was basically a 9-5 job most of the time, but there was at least a couple times a month where we'd be up for days on end fixing something too. If you're not combat arms (Infantry), Korea is definitely a recommended tour. The only thing that sucked about it was that I wasn't able to take my wife and son there with me and I was there for a year straight with no leave to see them.

Second duty station I was at Ft. Benning, GA. Although I was only in GA for 7 months of the time, the other 15 months were in Iraq. I was in 3-1 Cavalry., 3rd BDE, so it was pretty gung-ho compared to my Korea tour. I hated the unit at the time, but loved the guys I worked with in my shop there. Since I'm not combat arms though, I didn't see any action in Iraq. The only time I went outside the gate was to go to our outpost or our FOB. And honestly, that's the way I'd rather have it. All I did was set up satellite communications for our outpost and keep the commander and TOC up on the internet and phones. Like I said, I hated it at the time. But after being with the guys in my unit for 15 months straight in a shit-hole, you can't help but build a good sense of camaraderie with them and that's the only thing that keeps you sane over there, combat arms or not. So overall, that still came out to be a great experience for me, even though I was away from my wife and son... again.

Now I'm stationed at West Point, NY. I'm definitely loving this duty station so far as I'm learned a lot of new stuff I haven't done before such as data programming and analysis. Plus I'm getting my Security+, N+, A+, and CCNA certifications for my job here so I should be set to get a decent civilian job when I get out in a couple more years. I've only been here for almost 3 months now. This place has some great scenery and I'm relatively close to NYC and other decent size cities to play around in. Best part about this duty station though is that I can finally be with my family for the rest of the time I'm in the Army!

If you want to ask me some questions, just hit me up on AIM/Yahoo (check my profile) or ask on here if you want. Le me know what you want to do and I'll make sure your recruiter isn't screwing you over (which they most likely will in some way)!

Edit: Dang, I really wrote a lot.. sorry for the book.. heh
 
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BlackHawk09er

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The A-10 is AWESOME

i saw a demo at an airshow once and fell in love with it
(but im a helicopter guy)


and Forder the book is apreciated, i love hearing about things like that and i will most def have to hit you up with any questions

Thank you to everyone who served or had family who has
i cant explain enough how thankful i am for yall:usa:
 
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BlackHawk09er

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Personally I haven't been in the military. But I was an Air Force Brat, lived on a military base until I was 11.

how is it living on base?
 
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Donner

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Living next to the base...

how is it living on base?

Two of my neighbors are well decorated Marines that have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of my neighbors are newly enlisted, and usually come from other states. But most have done a tour or two. They are the best neighbors to have! We also have a former Navy Seal - no details, but their knowledge is intense. If you like live-fire practice, you would love living here.

A-10 - Let's say you would be thrilled to know my cousins' father. He was Air Force, and his daughters are pilots - helicopter - I believe.

Viet Nam vets - The best! You wanna hear war stories? Fine, but they tell will tell you about life stories - some will have you cleaning the seats.

When I was about preteen, I stood next to a WWI vet as he passed away - old age. He passed in the VA Hospital, the sad part is he didn't have any family present - at that moment, we were his family. He was treated very well. :salute:

My father was a Viet Nam vet. :cool:
 
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