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Old 11-10-2018, 09:05 PM   #41
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United States Navy 1971-1977. MT2 Polaris/Poseidon Nuclear Missile Technician. Served aboard USS Holland, USS Canopus, USS Simon Lake. Got to visit Scotland, Spain, Cuba, Panama Canal and Acapulco Mexico. State-side, Dam Neck Virginia, Groton Connecticut, Charleston S.C., Bremerton Washington, San Francisco, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale. Over all, it was a pleasant experience and set me up for a great career with the ability to retire at 60.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:15 PM   #42
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:22 PM   #43
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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%.

No regrets.

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.
My Dad went to West Point, got a commission in AF and flew...said the most interesting of his classmates got out and either went Reserve or did something else :-)

Thank you for your service and your last sentence reminds me of Jack Reacher from the books of Lee Child.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:26 PM   #44
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1981-1985 - 4 years ROTC (I had to sign a paper (actually, I looked back and I was 17, so my parents had to sign it!) and raise my right hand and was considered part of the military (if I did not fulfill my contract of finishing school and getting the expected GPS, I would be sent to Lackland to Airman Basic to pay them back) even though they don't count it towards my overall time)

1985-2015 - 30 years combined active and Reserve in the Air Force...had five AFSC's and jokingly say I did everything except fly and fix the planes: acquisition, engineering, space, logistics and political-military (combination of politics, psyops and intel)

I'm a gray area retiree still awaiting my pension.

I did duty stateside and overseas (Germany for 7 years).

Loved most of it - miss some parts, not others :-)
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:04 AM   #45
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20 Years in the Royal Australian Navy (1970-1990), no combat but a fair bit of disaster relief around the South Pacific, following various hurricanes. Period in the Arabian Sea relieving UK ship patrols when they skedaddled back to Blighty for preparation for the Falklands unpleasantness; couple of Fijian coups; in Sri Lanka when martial law declared as the whole Tamil Tiger thing blew up, but also lots of 'hurry-up-and-wait' military time
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:46 AM   #46
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:22 PM   #47
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USAF 1960 - 1981. Overseas tours in Japan, Germany, Vietnam, and England. Today on veterans day, I went to a local restaurant and ran into two women whose husbands had been killed in Vietnam. Sad, and I realize how lucky I am.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:41 PM   #48
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100 years ago today. I wonder how much we've learned.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:47 PM   #49
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100 years ago today. I wonder how much we've learned.
We have learned that freedom comes at a price. And be thankful for the efforts of all those posting in this thread and those who have not posted but participated in our great country's military.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:49 PM   #50
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:56 PM   #51
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We have learned that freedom comes at a price. And be thankful for the efforts of all those posting in this thread and those who have not posted but participated in our great country's military.
Yes. A severely disabled veteran I know expressed it this way:

A veteran doesn't have the right to speak louder than others, but they definitely have the obligation to listen.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:02 PM   #52
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Grew up an AF brat. Served as Army enlisted 73-78 stateside and overseas. GI Bill paid for my BS degree and cost of three babies born in Army hospitals was minimal. Met DH first year in. He was enlisted when we met and married. Went on to OCS and retired as LTC. Tricare and pension are significant part of our FI plan. Daughter is West Point grad, combat veteran and Bronze Star recipient for her work in Iraq. Son is a Marine.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:34 PM   #53
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United States Navy 1971-1977. MT2 Polaris/Poseidon Nuclear Missile Technician. Served aboard USS Holland, USS Canopus, USS Simon Lake. Got to visit Scotland, Spain, Cuba, Panama Canal and Acapulco Mexico. State-side, Dam Neck Virginia, Groton Connecticut, Charleston S.C., Bremerton Washington, San Francisco, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale. Over all, it was a pleasant experience and set me up for a great career with the ability to retire at 60.
Hey, there MT2.

I am a Nav ET.

I cranked on the USS Canopus, and worked in W-5 on the USS Simon Lake.

I made patrols on the Casimir Pulaski SSBN 633, the George C Marshall SSBN 654 and the Alaska SSBN 732.

If you had stayed in you could have retired at 38.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:58 PM   #54
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United States Army from 1986 to 2013 with a break in service. Started out as E-1, got commissioned and retired as O-5.
DW also retired from the US Army and started out enlisted retiring as O-5...1993 to 2015.
Both of us did multiple deployments to "garden spots", Iraq and Afghanistan.

DD currently US Army Captain but graduated from USAFA and cross commissioned into the Army.

I am fond of saying military service is a family business...and business is booming! (All pun intended)
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:26 AM   #55
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:08 AM   #56
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Lots of respect for all the veterans here. Thank you.
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:31 AM   #57
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Air Force was a good place to be after high school - back when you got to see a bit of the world
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Air Force was a good place to be after high school - back when you got to see a bit of the world
I was in from '93 to '14 and got to see PLENTY of the world. Granted, after 2001, those places got a bit more limited. However, a number of years before 9/11 one of our primary missions was airlift for the secret service/presidential support and when Clinton was president, he went to some fantastic places, as did I. Overall, it was a great 22 years and wouldn't trade it for the world.
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I failed the medical portion for vision to attend a service academy. I was nominated for USMA, USNA, and USCGA. I got a waiver to become a cook (94B) in the KSANG and did that for two years (1987-1989) and went to college. Transferred MOS to 11B in 1989 and did that until graduating college in 1992. 1993 Left the National Guard and enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Electrician (EM(N))
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1995-1998 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Two deployments and two yard periods. Applied for OCS in 1997.
1998 OCS (Pensacola, FL (Think Richard Gere in "An Officer and a Gentleman). Commissioned as a Naval Supply Officer (3100).
1998-1999 Navy Supply Corps School
1999-2001 Submarine Officer Basic course and USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) One and half deployments plus workups. Qualified in submarines.
2001-2003 Staff Officer/ Assistant to Comptroller US Submarine Forces (COMNAVSUBFOR)
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2005-2007 Regional Support Lead (Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Sigonella - FISCSI) Completed JPME I and MBA
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