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Old 12-12-2007, 07:57 AM   #1
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Given the chance.............

Would you do it over again? Joining the military that is.



Me? Wouldn't change a thing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in service. And I believe that all Americans should serve this great nation in some capacity or another (not necessarily military as not everyone is cut out for it) for a minimum of 4 years. It would give them a greater appreciation of what we have here in the United States of America.


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Old 12-12-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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i would go back right Now with now questions asked

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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I signed up when I was 17 and don't know anything else. Wouldn't change nuthin'. Almost 25 years later, I still enjoy the military lifestyle. I like the good order and discipline part of it and really enjoy the comradere <?SP>. Getting changed out of my uniform now to go drink with the boys (and gals) at the bar. TDY has its benefits

I'm getting out next year and I am terrified. I know I can get a job, I know I will succeed, I hope I can still make a difference.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:20 PM   #4
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getting a job after retirement is the easy part, getting real world self value and asking for it at the interview is ... well difficult
i found after my few jobs and then my last one, i added 10k to their offer and then we both felt equally rewarded
it seems in the world of post service contractors they like to get you cheap and then bill you out HIGH like 3:1 really.

and asking for a higher base vacation rate is ok, youd be surpirsed at how easy they will up it based on your time in service

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Old 12-12-2007, 10:44 PM   #5
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I love the military. I've dedicated my life to supporting the US Military. I work for the Dept. of Defense, USAF, side by side with the GI's everyday.
The GI's on my crew take orders from this civilian!

I owe my livelyhood to the Military...and I try to pay them back through my work effort everyday.

Thanks Uncle Sam!
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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I have few regrets about how my life has turned out, but the biggest is I allowed my whiney, non-supportive semi-disfunctional parents to talk me out of serving in the Air Force.

It seems the more the world changes for the worse, the more I regret having turned down the chance to make it better.

Thanks, guys, for filling in the gap.

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Old 12-14-2007, 06:10 PM   #7
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Yep - joining the USMC was one of the smarter things I've done in life.

Semper Fi --- regardless of what service you were in!
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:58 AM   #8
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Did 8 1/2 yrs and to and would do it again. Artillery is a big BANG and is the King of all battles. My only beef is that I served during the Cold War era and my time dosen't count for much of anything except that I am very proud to have served. Once a redleg always a redleg.
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Definitely would do it over again. Spent just under 20 years riding submarines before a series of blood clots sidelined my career. Would have stayed in for 30, instead retired at 20.
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welcome! sounds like an exciting career!
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