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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:28 AM   #41
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I got the same response from the recruiter. He said 'you are way too bad ass!' I said, 'you are probably right.' and left. I went straight to the bar, got me a hottie, then went to Kettering and they told me I was too smrt. The rest is history.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #42
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Torn L4 L5 with bulging. I went to the recruiter a week after 9/11 but they didn't want my broken ass.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:49 AM   #43
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Went Air Force in'88. Crew chiefed F-11's in Idaho until '90 when my dad died and got an early out to come home and care for my 16 year old brother.

In basic, I had to march one guy to mental health because he "was gonna hurt himself". He told me he missed his girlfriend and just wanted to go home.

Had another guy that got caught smoking the TI's Marlboros while on fire guard...not once, but twice. Bye-bye...
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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:57 AM   #44
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lol. who were you with? I was 1st Tanks Bravo Co out in 29 palms
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Old June 29th, 2013, 08:07 AM   #45
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Old June 29th, 2013, 12:21 PM   #46
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I had two friends in high school that, after I just enlisted at the age of 17, tell me that they "Didn't want to take the easy way out." Now one is dead from dinking and driving and the other just got his own place at the age of 28.
Nice to see you still. How's the Tahoe? I miss it.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #47
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Almost went in the Army. Went to MEPS, passed physical and they wanted me to be an MP. My Dad talked me out of it; said the day to day garbage of society would get to me mentally.

Can't say it has worked out too badly but it sure would have been nice to retire last year.

My brother has been in the Marines for around 17 years now, just made MSgt. and bought his third house. He's pretty squared away.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #48
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My Dad talked me out of it; said the day to day garbage of society would get to me mentally.
So your dad thinks the military is filled with only the day to day garbage of society?
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Old June 29th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #49
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So your dad thinks the military is filled with only the day to day garbage of society?
OK, I could have phrased that better. I'm sure most are fine upstanding people. Problem is, my Dad's perception from his stint in Army is you're not there to deal with the fine upstanding people.

You're there to take out the trash. You're there to escort problem childs back to base when they've had one too many to drink, you're there to pick up the pieces when dude decides to beat his wife/kid/dog.

I guess I did not have enough imagination to see getting an education unrelated to law enforcement while being an MP. Being a civilian police officer sounded equally depressing - God bless the men and women who can deal with that mess.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #50
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OK, I could have phrased that better. I'm sure most are fine upstanding people. Problem is, my Dad's perception from his stint in Army is you're not there to deal with the fine upstanding people.

You're there to take out the trash. You're there to escort problem childs back to base when they've had one too many to drink, you're there to pick up the pieces when dude decides to beat his wife/kid/dog.

I guess I did not have enough imagination to see getting an education unrelated to law enforcement while being an MP. Being a civilian police officer sounded equally depressing - God bless the men and women who can deal with that mess.
Doesn't sound like your Dad ever realized why he did all those things for and with the men he served with. That puts him at the very bottom of the pile.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:04 PM   #51
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Nice to see you still. How's the Tahoe? I miss it.
Tahoe is gone, Have an 04 LJ now, It's cruising around Midland though, I see it from time to time.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #52
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They medicalled me out after a serious back injury. So then I became a defense contractor and went right back aboard...

And this is when it was hard - in the early 80s, only mental patients and recruits/candidates had buzz cuts. :sonic jay:

In all honesty, I respect all that make the choice.

And at the risk of looking like an old guy (more than normal) I really think we need to reinstate the draft.

For years and years, those young men without direction were inducted into the military where they gained basic life skills, marketable job skills, self-discipline, and direction. They became better people and citizens as a result, understanding that they are part of a larger society.

Today, we have hoardes of "eternal adolescents" who are essentially 25 or 30 year-old teenagers who think they're the nucleus of their own little universe.
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And I'm not implying that all young guys are "without direction".

History tells us that those with direction will go to school at Kettering (as an old GMI guy, I struggle with that) or maybe somewhere with women, start on a career path in the trades, or otherwise start "life".

Others mill about and "fail to launch" in life. These guys need that additional socialization the military provides. I know many people my age and older who's lives were put onto a good path by a stint in the military.

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Old June 29th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #53
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Doesn't sound like your Dad ever realized why you do all those things for and with the men he served with. That puts him at the very bottom of the pile.
Come back when you can type a clear sentence.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #54
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I was supposed to join the Navy via buddy program outta high school. Instead I took of to Brazil... The recruiter was pissed.

Fast forward couple years. Went to join Coast Guard, took test did real well. Medical flagged me on my knee problems. Went to their specialist, he cleared me. Medical Doc at MEPS cleared me. I was told "Just has to go up for approval. Somebody who never saw me, went against medical recommendation, and denied me. I was pissed. Always wanted to join and serve.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #55
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I had to much going on for my future. Working at McDonald's, going to community college. I couldn't let that go, life was to good. I really regret not going into the military outta HighSchool.
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Fixed it so it's easier for you to understand you fucking hanger dodger.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:27 AM   #57
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I was 4yrs active Marine corp. I was gonna go with 2 HS friends. They both pussed out. One couldn't pass the ASVAB and the other admitted to being hospitalized for a OD.

No offense to the people that did but
One thing that really Erks me are the people that all enlisted just cause of 9/11. Shit I enlisted cause I wanted to serve my country out of my heart not for a disaster. I was on the USkearsarge a part of the 24meu when 9/11 was happening. Talk about shitting bricks. We left port in Croatia and stood by at red alert incase they wanted to send us in right away.
We were watching the TVs in disbelief.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #58
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Fixed it so it's easier for you to understand you fucking hanger dodger.
If that's fixed, you must have had many trips back to the latrine to clean it right.

If I'm a hanger dodger, which are you; the one who drank too much and needed his hand held to get back to base or the one who beat his wife, kids or dog?
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #59
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If that's fixed, you must have had many trips back to the latrine to clean it right.

If I'm a hanger dodger, which are you; the one who drank too much and needed his hand held to get back to base or the one who beat his wife, kids or dog?
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Doesn't sound like your Dad ever realized why he did all those things for and with the men he served with. That puts him at the very bottom of the pile.
In all fairness, he probably realized I'm a gearhead, not a people person and that with my isolated upbringing, I would have had a difficult time understanding crazy or chemically impaired people and it would affect my outlook on life negatively.

As far as my Dad, he's blind in one eye, doesn't see real well out of the other. He signed up for the Army and basically convinced them to let him in anyway. Yes, he may be a little sour based on what he saw while building roads in rice patties but I trust his judgment.

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I suppose it was a different time back then compared to the early 90's; many of the guys he served with may have been drafted so that could explain what he saw.

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