ITT: Military Tropers, Active or otherwise:

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1 SKJAM14th Aug 2011 10:34:39 AM from Minneapolis , Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
Checked the search function and we don't seem to have this yet...

This thread is for tropers who are or have been in the military of any country. (Military dependents and enlistees who haven't shipped out yet are also welcome.)

I was in the US Air Force back in the early 80s, stationed at RAF Upper Heyford, a place that no longer exists.

Nowadays, I handle Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act compliance for a major retailer's credit card division. (Pure coincidence.)
2 Nohbody14th Aug 2011 04:56:37 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
I and at least a couple of other former/current service people are over in "The Military Thread" in OTC, FWIW. That thread's more or less general "all military, all the time" discussions, though.
3 SKJAM14th Aug 2011 06:47:14 PM from Minneapolis , Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
Yep, saw that, not really into policy or weaponry discussions.
4 OMalley4th Nov 2011 08:20:16 PM from Massachusetts
This I'll defend.
I am going to the United States Military Academy at West Point in June of next year, so I guess I kinda count.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
5 InverurieJones7th Nov 2011 03:25:17 PM from North of the Wall. , Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Ex-Scaleyback, myself. Hopefully a Pusser this time next year if the government stop sacking everybody.
The owls are not what they seem.
6 SKJAM21st Nov 2011 08:09:28 PM from Minneapolis , Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
Congrats, O Malley! West Point can be tough to get through, but it gives considerable bragging rights.
7 MarkVonLewis30th Nov 2011 10:30:40 PM from Somewhere in Time , Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
KCCO
Leaving for US Army basic in April, assuming MEPS doesn't fuck up again.
Valhalla atcha boy, yo.
I am heavily debating joining the military after 2 years in Community College. On one hand I get paid and having an associates might land me a nice tech job. And if I plan correctly I could swing an officership through a bachelors later on. On the other hand "Basic Training".
9 Nohbody3rd Dec 2011 07:34:43 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
In general, as long as you're reasonably fit physically (which I wasn't, when I went to Great Mistakes Lakes), it's more mental than anything else.

And most depictions of boot camp from movies you can safely discard as bullshit. You're not going to get a Gunny Hartman or anything like that.
10 SKJAM11th Dec 2011 07:29:14 PM from Minneapolis , Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
Oh, for you folks about to join up, if you have any debt, be sure to check out the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and make it part of your preparations—while you can get it applied retroactively, it will be a much bigger hassle then.
11 pvtnum115th Jan 2012 04:08:12 PM from Kerbin low orbit , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Wow, didn't think we had one of these here. Usually hang out in the OTC one.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
12 HouraiRabbit16th Jul 2012 12:57:44 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso , Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Isn't it amazing, now I have princess wings!
I just enlisted in the US Army as a medic. I ship out at the start of next year. I know there's a more active military thread in OTC but I couldn't find a good place to jump in and didn't want to disrupt the current conversation, which is a bit out of my depth, so I figured I'd post here.

edited 17th Jul '12 12:03:28 PM by HouraiRabbit

Wise Papa Smurf, corrupted by his own power. CAN NO LEADER GO UNTAINTED?!
13 Nohbody16th Jul 2012 04:03:44 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
^ If you're a medic you should start getting used to cutting into things. grin

Seriously, you can just jump in wherever you want. Most of the OTC thread folks (including me, for the record) can at least fake multitasking.
Action is Virtue. Idleness is Vice.
Well...once I am done with college, I will be doing the mandatory service in my country's army for two years.
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. - Donovan Daily

15 HouraiRabbit16th Jul 2012 11:06:40 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso , Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Isn't it amazing, now I have princess wings!
[up][up] I chop up the meat for dinner, does that count? grin

[up] What are you going in as?
Wise Papa Smurf, corrupted by his own power. CAN NO LEADER GO UNTAINTED?!
Action is Virtue. Idleness is Vice.
[up] I don't know. Because I have bad eyesight, it is likely that I will be going to regular army. However, because I can use English fairly proficiently, I might be recruited to do some more office works. That is what usually happens to people who studied abroad in English speaking countries, I hear.

Personally? I want to volunteer for naval commando.

I will have to wait and see.

edited 16th Jul '12 11:14:25 PM by dRoy

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. - Donovan Daily

17 HouraiRabbit17th Jul 2012 11:54:49 AM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso , Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Isn't it amazing, now I have princess wings!
[up] A SEAL, eh? That would be cool. Do you know if you qualify for a KATUSA slot? I hear those are relatively painless compared to service in the regular Army.
Wise Papa Smurf, corrupted by his own power. CAN NO LEADER GO UNTAINTED?!
Action is Virtue. Idleness is Vice.
[up] That's why I am hoping to get into there. About KATUSA, it is actually really hard to get it. The position requires some specialized English skills, but there are a LOT of people who qualify for that (although I probably qualify much more than the most cool). The hard part is that among the appplicants, it is lottery based. So the chances of entering KATUSA is approximately 1/40.

Currently, I don't want a painless position. This may come out of a young man (I am 20)'s ignorant arrogance but if I'm going to spend one and half years (20 months minus some vacation period), I might as well as challenge myself. Still, KATUSA and the likes might help me because it would look great in my regime.

Again, I won't be going to the army for four years, so who knows how things might change. So currently, I'm training hard, both academically and physically.
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. - Donovan Daily

19 HouraiRabbit17th Jul 2012 10:30:28 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso , Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Isn't it amazing, now I have princess wings!
[up] Well, I can certainly sympathise. I wanted to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment but I'm ineligible for a security clearance due to the time I've lived outside the US. Then again, I've always wanted to be a Delta Operator, a Combat Diver, a Space Shuttle Door Gunner... But seriously, patience seems to be the greatest virtue in this line of work, if my experience with Army bureaucracy is anything to go by.
Wise Papa Smurf, corrupted by his own power. CAN NO LEADER GO UNTAINTED?!
20 AFP2nd Sep 2012 06:58:43 PM from The Pale Blue Dot , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
The Great and Wonderful
Been in the US Air Force for a few years now. Working a desk job in an engineering squadron. While my job normally involves a lot of paperwork and email, I also get to do warehouse work too, depending on my specific posting. And no, the paperwork side of the job normally has nothing at all to do with the forklift side of my job. I guess it made more sense than giving it to one of the more hands-on engineering troops.

Currently preparing to finish my Associates degree, and then it's off to working on my Bachelor's.
Quod Scripsi Scripsi (until I use the edit function...)
Action is Virtue. Idleness is Vice.
Sounds fascinating.
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