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ITT: Military Tropers, Active or otherwise:

 1 SKJAM, Sun, 14th Aug '11 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 Nohbody, Sun, 14th Aug '11 4:56:37 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 SKJAM, Sun, 14th Aug '11 6:47:14 PM from Minneapolis Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
Yep, saw that, not really into policy or weaponry discussions.
 4 O Malley, Fri, 4th Nov '11 8:20:16 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 Inverurie Jones, Mon, 7th Nov '11 3:25:17 PM from Station 78 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.
'Our hope's with you, rider in the blue.'

'...Day and night, they're always firemen.
 6 SKJAM, Mon, 21st Nov '11 8:09:28 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 Mark Von Lewis, Wed, 30th Nov '11 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.
Run the red, won't stop at night, I don't care for traffic lights.
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 Nohbody, Sat, 3rd Dec '11 7:34:43 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 SKJAM, Sun, 11th Dec '11 7:29:14 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 pvtnum 11, Thu, 5th Jan '12 4:08:12 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
linkup
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 Hourai Rabbit, Mon, 16th Jul '12 12:57:44 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Do pushups.
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 Nohbody, Mon, 16th Jul '12 4:03:44 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.
 14 d Roy, Mon, 16th Jul '12 5:16:51 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Well...once I am done with college, I will be doing the mandatory service in my country's army for two years.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
 15 Hourai Rabbit, Mon, 16th Jul '12 11:06:40 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Do pushups.
[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?!
 16 d Roy, Mon, 16th Jul '12 11:13:36 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
[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

"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
 17 Hourai Rabbit, Tue, 17th Jul '12 11:54:49 AM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Do pushups.
[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?!
 18 d Roy, Tue, 17th Jul '12 2:23:02 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
[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.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
 19 Hourai Rabbit, Tue, 17th Jul '12 10:30:28 PM from Fort Sandbox, El Paso Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Do pushups.
[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 AFP, Sun, 2nd Sep '12 6:58:43 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...)
 21 d Roy, Sun, 2nd Sep '12 6:59:56 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Sounds fascinating.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
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