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40s 0 0%
50s 3 2.61%
60s 24 20.87%
70s 50 43.48%
80s 50 43.48%
90s 49 42.61%
naughts 34 29.57%
teens 17 14.78%
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:33 PM   #21
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I am thinking you are not looking for Peace Corps but it is a type service. I served in PC.

Perhaps others have served in the US Public Health Service. I also consider that a form of service. I did not serve in USPHS.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:42 PM   #22
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21 years on USAF active duty. Non-rated. Some unit time (airlift) in the early years, staff jobs at various joint MAJCOMs/GCCs. The gummint wasted some money trying to educate me for several years/assignments. One staff tour in Korea, lots of TDYs and sleeping in hangars, some months in Afghanistan in the early part of that conflict.

Plenty of great assignments, fantastic opportunities, long hours.

It's trite to say it, but working with the people I served with and doing the things we were asked to do was a tremendous honor and privilege.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:52 PM   #23
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I am thinking you are not looking for Peace Corps but it is a type service. I served in PC.

Perhaps others have served in the US Public Health Service. I also consider that a form of service. I did not serve in USPHS.
There are a lot of folks out there doing great work, and it takes the whole team to be successful. Not strictly "veterans," but career foreign service officers, "other government agency" personnel, etc spend years away from home and are sometimes in quite a bit of peril in some crummy locations.
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There are a lot of folks out there doing great work, and it takes the whole team to be successful. Not strictly "veterans," but career foreign service officers, "other government agency" personnel, etc spend years away from home and are sometimes in quite a bit of peril in some crummy locations.
Total agreement. I have the highest respect for them all, having served in some odd locations alongside them. It's all service to their country and worthy of great respect and gratitude.

But since it's right around Veterans Day, the point of this poll was just to count the military members.
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USAF, 1971-1975. Only posts were Keesler AFB, MS and then sent straight to Germany. Took a European separation and worked for the USAF as a civilian engineer until 1977. Then an engineer at an Army depot and an Army communications outfit. Left the military environment in 1982 (sort of) to work for NASA......but was involved working with the USAF when they were looking to use the Shuttle for military missions.
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9 years, including 47 months at West Point. Stationed in Korea and Alaska, TDY at Benning, Hood, Leonard-Wood, Bragg, Knox, camp Smith, and probably a few others I can’t remember. No combat tours.

I definitely got a lot out of it, but I wasn’t a good fit. Tried everything I could as a junior engineer officer and didn’t love any of it. Tried out for Special Forces and didn’t cut the mustard. Still, I proved to myself I was tougher than about 93% of the army, but those green berets were looking for the 97%ers. And there’s a wide gap between top 3 and 7%.

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Arguably, the best stage of my life were the months right after I got out of the army. I was a homeless, unemployed vet. I traveled N. America and lived out of my pickup. I’d like to do that again someday.
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USAF pilot (RF-4/A-37) '72-'79 & '81-'85.
Looks like you might have been in the group that Jimmy Carter "encouraged" to leave in the late 70's then were lured back after it dawned on the AF they'd run off almost all of their experienced pilots.
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Looks like you might have been in the group that Jimmy Carter "encouraged" to leave in the late 70's then were lured back after it dawned on the AF they'd run off almost all of their experienced pilots.
Exactly! Last base before re-entering, Bergstrom, had the highest DOS rate in the USAF.

Repeat on going now some 30 years later.
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RF-4C vs A-37: Which airplane/mission was more fun? The "low and speedy" part of the RF-4 job was surely demanding, but I'd think flying the A-37/delivering ordnance with that little plane would be a real hoot. When "slick," I'm guessing it was a lot more "sprightly" than its less powerful twin, the T-37.

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9 years, including 47 months at West Point. .
I have a retired nephew who attended West Point. His description was humorous. "A quarter-million dollar education pounded up your ass a nickle at a time." His son also graduated West Point.
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RF-4C vs A-37: Which airplane/mission was more fun? The "low and speedy" part of the RF-4 job was surely demanding, but I'd think flying the A-37/delivering ordnance with that little plane would be a real hoot. When "slick," I'm guessing it was a lot more "sprightly" than its less powerful twin, the T-37.

Thanks for coming back in, and for your service.
The RF-4C was the last dedicated recce a/c and as such, it was a dying mission. The single ship high speed, low level flying though made up for it especially for this wide-eyed 24 yr old.

The A-37 was brought back into a FAC role after Viet Nam. Not impressive to look at or practical in later wars but was a delight to fly acro especially when the external tanks were empty. It was more reliable when compared to the Phantom so I probably lean to it as the most fun to fly.
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