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50s 3 2.61%
60s 24 20.87%
70s 50 43.48%
80s 50 43.48%
90s 49 42.61%
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Old 11-12-2018, 01:12 PM   #61
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USAF 1973-1977 Avionics Communications Specialist
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Liked it a lot more after I got out
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:11 PM   #62
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USMC 75-79. Boot camp MCRD San Diego. Schools Battalion in Camp Pendleton. 76 at Camp Zukeran in Okinawa. 77-79 Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu. Great 4 yrs for me. Legal clerk by day and playing basketball on company teams.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:31 PM   #63
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Spent the first 18 months in training then served in three commands:
71 - 72 Pacific Air Force, Osan Korea (...)
72 - 75 Strategic Air Command, McCoy AFB FL and McConnell AFB KS (high altitude gas passer)
75 - 78 Air Training Command, Lackland AFB TX (Officer Training School instructor)

Got to see a lot of places on the US taxpayer's dime, even though I had to fly myself to most of them.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:32 PM   #64
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:12 PM   #65
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Served as an Army Aviator beginning with two years in Nam where I flew three types of choppers. Following that came additional (more peaceful) aviation assignments until the 12 year mark at which time I branch transferred to the Military Police Corps where I completed a variety of criminal justice posts until year 22 . Then came retirement as an O-5. Best job yet.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:45 PM   #66
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67-87. F111/A and F, Ov-10a over 500 hrs combat time
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:24 PM   #67
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1989-1994 Air Force Active Duty

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Great experience and many great friends!

Served for 29 years and gained an appreciation for our country and what ‘Service before self’ means. Unless you’ve served (however long) it’s tough to comprehend this feeling.

Thanks to all who have or are currently serving.
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Old 11-20-2018, 06:52 PM   #68
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50's 60's & 70's is the way I answered; assume this is ok. All US Army AD. Besides VN, Korea, Turkey, Hawaii (a very short period before heading to VN) and Alaska. E-1 to PSG (E7) then W-1 to W-4. Really missed it after I retired (should have stayed for 35=No).
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:09 PM   #69
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I was in the Army from 69 to 72 and served in the Signal Corps. in Pleiku, Vietnam.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:46 PM   #70
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:05 PM   #71
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USAF circa 2001 Graduated basic 3 days before 9/11 Operation Iraqi Freedom 30CS Space Monkey...Peacekeeper primarily, Atlas and Titan secondary. Had buddies that went to Kabul and never came back. You never knew how many frienda a soldier has until one is disrespected. Will never ever be able to compare any brotherhood to what I experienced good and bad.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:05 PM   #72
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USAF 1974 - 1995 flew F-105G and F-4G Wild Weasels as EWO. AF sent me to NPGS to get a masters in EW Systems Eng. then served as Engineer and Systems/Tactical expert with technical expertise at a few different locations in between flying assignments. Wife did 25 years USAF as an Intelligence Officer at various locations.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:52 PM   #73
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USMC 76-82.

One way ticket from Ireland with a green card and within 10 days signed the contract.

Boot camp in San Diego. 18 mos tech school in Memphis. Rest of the time in Beaufort SC, Yuma, Iwakuni, Subic Bay etc.

When someone "thanks me for my service" I feel guilty as it was some of the funnest years of my life with zero combat. Great place to grow up and get your $hit together.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:04 AM   #74
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:27 PM   #75
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I retired from the Army as a Major (promotable) after 20 years and served from 1996 to 2016. I enlisted after college and my boss told me to start investing so I did a lot of reading that has paid off. I started out in mutual funds and later added real estate investing.
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:45 PM   #76
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United States Marine Corps 1990-2016; an honor to serve along so many good men and women. Thankful to have a very supportive wife and family throughout my career.
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:55 PM   #77
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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.
Enlisted in the Navy at 19,Nav ET . SSBN 658(B) Vallejo. Discharged to go to AFROTC. KC-10 Pilot USAF sold my wings to the airlines bah hah. Mil leave of absence from airlines” I not too smart”lol took almost 30yrs to get a 22 yr AD retirement. ER class of 16 and enjoy all my holidays and weekends back.
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:32 PM   #78
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:17 PM   #79
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:07 AM   #80
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The book From Opposite Sides of the Periscope maybe of interest.
It's based around US Navy fast attack submarine tracking a Russian sub during the Vietnam War and careers of both commanders .
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