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Old 04-29-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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I have been considering joining the military for quite some time. Most likely the National Guard so I can keep my current job. I see alot of ppl here that currently serve or have served. If you are retired would you do it again? If you are currently serving is it what you were told it would be? How do you like it?


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Old 04-29-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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It wasn't really how I was told it would be. Basic is nothing like the movies. I actually enjoyed myself there. My advice is to do it. It pays great and wearing the uniform gives me a great sense of pride along with a realization that I have to work hard to live up to the people who wore it before me. Don't want to put them to shame.
I would suggest not going into the Guard. When I got back from basic I was in a state of "what now?", I got all this training and now I have to be a civilian again. I wish that I had gone active from the get go.
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I would suggest not going into the Guard.
Thanks for your input. What do you recommend?
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I too, would not go into the guard. Went into Army back in 1971, but didn't retire from there. Did 3 years active, 3 years inactive. Now, over 30 years later, I still have full medical coverage, went to college on full scholarship, and had never once looked back. I have to admit, I got lucky. Instead of Nam, the government sent me to Germany to work in a hospital since I was a medic. (Don't ask me why I didn't see combat, but I'll always thank the Lord I didn't.)

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Hello,

I have been considering joining the military for quite some time. Most likely the National Guard so I can keep my current job. I see alot of ppl here that currently serve or have served. If you are retired would you do it again? If you are currently serving is it what you were told it would be? How do you like it?


Thanks for any input,
Doug

My son joined the Marines last year fresh out of High School - a bunch of his friends got together and decided to join. My ex-wife decided to sign his enlistment papers without telling me, so when I found out it was too late to discuss it with him. As it turns out, before he shipped out to Parris Is. his Recruiter requested that I come down and sign his papers or they would not let him go down until his 18th birthday. He really wanted to do it, and said my father's service in WWII was the impetus for him to join (he hit a soft spot with me with that one, but as I told him, a World War and the Middleast conflict are two very different things) so I signed. I'm proud of him, I support him and all our troops, but it scares the crap out of me and will continue to do so until his enlistment is up! There's some serious **** going on in the mideast and I think it will get worse before it gets better. Something to consider...it ain't like the movies, and it will change you for sure and forever if you see combat!
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My son is currently in the Navy, He hates it. Good thing he'll be getting out in Dec.

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First off, thank you for making the decision that so many are unwilling to make. The population of able bodied men that have served/ are serving grows smaller and smaller. Used to it was expected, especially in more rural areas. I like how the "older" folks say "he is in the service" instead of the more used "in the military". Service is on the mark; even if you don't agree with the politics, the administration, the rest of the population, IMO it is a great thing to give something back. You will be part of something much greater than you, and not necessarily the service to your Country. What you will give to your fellow soldiers cannot be understood by anyone that has not served.
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Suggestion, pick what you love. Had a freind that was really into elecronics, so he signed up for the air force, with a job description in electonics. He acually worked on the radar systems behind the berlin wall, (dating us here), but when he got out, went to college on GI bill, and started a very succesful electronics company. You can serve your country and your country will train you with what you love. Thanks and good luck.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Time to hook up with a recruiter.

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About like anything else, some folks hate it, some like it. I grew up as an Army Brat, my dad being career Army. Being in a very patriotic home, I thought of military service as paying my dues for the freedoms and rights we enjoy as citizens.

I enlisted in 1965 right after high school when Vietnam was heating up. It was either join with a choice, or get drafted. I chose Naval Aviation, in part on the advice of dad, an Infantryman. He advised that I would have much better career training that I could later apply to civilian life, than as an infantryman in the Army, or Marine Corps. I didn't like the Air Force uniforms, and at the time "bell-bottoms" were in fashion. (Groovy.)


I didn't get the career training I had hoped for, but what training I had later helped me in my surprise career, law enforcement.
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