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Posted 12/12/12
I still deeply respect that.
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camontour wrote:

If it helps, I still wake up every morning, put my uniform on, and stand tall, so you have this very right to express your views. As long as I can help one person, it's worth it.


Thank you for your service.

I've always been ineligible for service, due to my eyesight. My father wasn't in the military, but I grew up around the military (I lived in Munich for 7 years, before the Army base there closed down.). In college, one of my two majors was military history, with the intent to teach; but that career path was not meant to be. If I had to do things all over again, I would have continued to pursue teaching.
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Posted 12/12/12

Spazticus wrote:


camontour wrote:

If it helps, I still wake up every morning, put my uniform on, and stand tall, so you have this very right to express your views. As long as I can help one person, it's worth it.


Thank you for your service.

I've always been ineligible for service, due to my eyesight. My father wasn't in the military, but I grew up around the military (I lived in Munich for 7 years, before the Army base there closed down.). In college, one of my two majors was military history, with the intent to teach; but that career path was not meant to be. If I had to do things all over again, I would have continued to pursue teaching.


No thanks needed. While I've been in pretty awful places, I do get to go to places like Japan, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Thailand....the list goes on. Hell, I've even been to an on an African Safari!

Did I mention I'm stationed IN Hawaii? Getting to travel around the world and see all sorts of things has been pretty much awesome.
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Posted 12/12/12
I only read the first page, and there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what being in the military means. People automatically think of being boots-on-the-ground soldiers over in Afghanistan shooting and getting shot at, but there's a lot more than that. I've been an aviation electrician in the navy for the past 6 and half years, and the only time I used a gun was training in boot camp. You can be a corpsman (medic), electrician, mechanic, or just a paper pusher, among many other jobs. If you're ambitious and smart you can make your entire career be in the military, or just spend three years in and receive your G.I. Bill to pay for college. Sure, the hours can be tough, and sometimes you have to show respect and follow people who don't deserve it, but I can say I've been to more countries in my first 3 years than most will in their lives, and have never had to worry about medical bills, or if I could afford to eat.
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Posted 12/12/12
Thank you all for your service. I was in the Marines from '02-'06 and like Axerith stated there seems to be a lot of misconceptions about the military. Sure the toughest part of the military is boot camp but as soon as that's over with you go to your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty-your field of choice) then you meet up with your unit and start working. Sure you have to wake up crack@ss early in the morning but you need to stay fit right? Then you get chow (food), then go to work from 0900-1600 (9am-4pm) then you can do whatever pleases you, as long as no one gets in trouble (grenade affect for those that were in will understand.) But when you fulfill your obligation you can use your post 9/11 GI Bill to go to school, use your training to further yourself in the workforce etc... So it does have it's ups and downs but that's life. If anyone wants more info please feel free to contact me.
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Axerith wrote:

I only read the first page, and there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what being in the military means. People automatically think of being boots-on-the-ground soldiers over in Afghanistan shooting and getting shot at, but there's a lot more than that. I've been an aviation electrician in the navy for the past 6 and half years, and the only time I used a gun was training in boot camp. You can be a corpsman (medic), electrician, mechanic, or just a paper pusher, among many other jobs. If you're ambitious and smart you can make your entire career be in the military, or just spend three years in and receive your G.I. Bill to pay for college. Sure, the hours can be tough, and sometimes you have to show respect and follow people who don't deserve it, but I can say I've been to more countries in my first 3 years than most will in their lives, and have never had to worry about medical bills, or if I could afford to eat.


But's let's be honest. We all know aviation med doesn't always mean the BEST care. :P. Being an AWV myself, I can count on one hand the number of times flight doc googled my issue...in front of me. >_>.
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Posted 12/12/12
I have respect for the military, but my dad was a MP in the air force, specifically the SR-71 when it was still top secret.
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Posted 12/12/12
its not all about guns and stuff, it depends on what branch you join, ill be going into the air force...they get to sit back in the not war zones and help out the other guys, even if you join something like the army...there are lots of jobs you can go do that dont invovle combat. there are also a lot of benefits you can get from the military after you have left, like...they will pay you to go to school and what-not...it also looks good to employers when they see that you were in (helps even more when it is something useful like fire protection or computer programming.
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Posted 12/12/12
It does tempt me to join the military because my addiction is challenges. The guns are probably the reason I would join the most. The pay is just not good enough though but im condidering training to be a doctor through the military because the pay for a lot of the schooling.
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Posted 12/12/12 , edited 12/12/12
I'm active duty Air Force and i love it everyone is like family and they always try to take care of you no matter what. But the Air Force is really small and everyone knows everybody especially if your in a small career field like me and even though everything else took some adjusting but that's the only thing i haven gotten use to yet and probably never will. And idk if its just where im stationed at or if its just Air Force thing or a military thing but the guys are clingy and the girls I've met so far a little bit insane. Best thing about the Air Force is nerds for miles lol. The military isn't for everyone and everything takes some adjusting to,like when I'm on orders traveling in the states or just out and about off base in uniform people come up to me and thank me all the time and i don't think ill ever get use to that either.
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you don't get paid enough to be shot at

join a private mercenary group or military contractor group, they pay enough for the risks

if any real wars break out, then is the time to join out of patriotism and the need to defend the country, not right now


if you must join, join the navy or air force as there is some no doubt cool shit going on there
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Posted 12/12/12
Yes i would join the military. Im actually planning on joining the Coast Guard
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SammiexShikari wrote:

I'm active duty Air Force and i love it everyone is like family and they always try to take care of you no matter what. But the Air Force is really small and everyone knows everybody especially if your in a small career field like me and even though everything else took some adjusting but that's the only thing i haven gotten use to yet and probably never will. And idk if its just where im stationed at or if its just Air Force thing or a military thing but the guys are clingy and the girls I've met so far a little bit insane. Best thing about the Air Force is nerds for miles lol. The military isn't for everyone and everything takes some adjusting to,like when I'm on orders traveling in the states or just out and about off base in uniform people come up to me and thank me all the time and i don't think ill ever get use to that either.


I think that's a military thing for girls...lol.


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you don't get paid enough to be shot at

join a private mercenary group or military contractor group, they pay enough for the risks

if any real wars break out, then is the time to join out of patriotism and the need to defend the country, not right now


if you must join, join the navy or air force as there is some no doubt cool shit going on there


Minus the fact that most PMCs/Military contractors actually require military exp. before you can even submit a resume. If not, these same contractors (Like Xe, formerly Blackwater) offer training courses in weapons and tactics, but we are talking 1000's of dollars here. And none of that replaced earned combat and field experience. Plus there is always that thing about, it's a contract, that with looming ficsal cuts to defense spending, it might not be around for a while.
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Posted 12/12/12
For the longest time i was concidering joining the Navy but i never ended up doing it
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Posted 12/12/12

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I was born and raised in the military (Air Force Brat birth to 21). I took 4 years of AFJROTC and totally intended on joining the military, but towards my last year I became more religious and joining the military then conflicted with my religious beliefs. So, I ended up not joining the military. (BTW I come from a long line (family) of soldiers, Air Force/Army, etc. One of my last names translates to "soldier", so it goes waaay back.) Anyway, if you decide to join, by all means DON'T ENLIST if you can help it. Go to college, take ROTC while there, become an officer...or just go to college and then join the military (go to officer training) and become an officer.....or apply to a service academy and become an officer (if you meet the requirements). To sum it up if you're gonna join, join as an officer. Enlisted jobs are worse, with low pay, and when you quit/retire you won't have enough money or ability to get a decent paying civilian job unless you're lucky. As an officer. you get to be boss, you get paid good money, and when you quit/retire you can get a great paying job and retire in style.


Sorry for the double post, but that's not true at all. Being an officer doesn't guarantee a well paying job after you get out. If anything, going enlisted not only allows to do cool stuff, but also the number of programs to get college degrees while you are in. (I myself am taking advantage of one for a degree in computer sciences.)

Saying enlisted jobs are worse is a untrue statement by far. As the saying goes, don't call an enlisted man "Sir", because we f--king work for a living.


I stand corrected. I didn't mean it was a guarantee, but your chances are better.....and if you (have to/want) enlist, you better take advantage of it and go to college. What maybe I should have said/meant is that what ever you do, go to college. The only enlisted that I have seen do well are the ones who continue their education, or have been in it long enough (at a high enough rank) to go get good pay when they retire, and some that have gone into civil service afterward. I have a relative who gets retirement pay from the military, retirement pay from civil service, & social security. He's raking it in (and not having to work anymore) and enjoying life traveling and golfing all day, etc.
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