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Old 09-14-2013, 02:47 AM   #131
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Well I'd like to be one of the ones who know what they're doing. I obviously don't know much about how things work in the military so I'll probably understand more of what you guys mean when I look back on what you've said. But I'm probably safe in assuming it's good advice.

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Some people slip between the cracks just remeber there is a diffrence between a sgt and an nco a sgt is just somebody with rank that everybody hates a nco is a soldier who takes care of the soldiers appointed under him and actually does his job
In the Corps we tend to say there is a difference between an NCO (sometimes we say the rank) and an E5 (or whatever the paygrade is). An E5 just collects a paycheck. An NCO earns his and takes care of his Juniors and makes them genuinely want to do their best work.
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What ever branch you pick, just be ready to handle all the sh#t details you are going to be assigned to. Take everything serious, do a good job no matter what. Don't goof off. Don't be lead astray by some goober that thinks he is cute acting the fool. Follow orders no matter what you think of the person giving them. Never back talk a senior rank. Wear your uniform with pride. Study, volunteer for schools. It will not take long for your superiors to spot you as a can do person. You will get good marks that will go in your service record. All this will help with advancement and assignment.

This is coming from a retired US Navy E8.

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What ever branch you pick, just be ready to handle all the sh#t details you are going to be assigned to. Take everything serious, do a good job no matter what. Don't goof off. Don't to lead astray by some goober that thinks he is cute acting the fool. Follow orders not matter what you think of the person giving them. Never back talk a senior rank. Wear your uniform with pride. Study, volunteer for schools. It will not take long for your superiors to spot you as a can do person. You will get good marks that will go in your service record. All this will help with advancement and assignment.

This is coming from a retired US Navy E8.
All solid advice.

Sbeezy, I just want to give you the Marine Corps' definition of discipline real fast while I'm thinking about it. Understand what it means and take it to heart, and I can almost guarantee you'll do well.

"Discipline is the instant, willing, obedience to all orders; respect for authority; self-reliance; and teamwork."
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In the Corps we tend to say there is a difference between an NCO (sometimes we say the rank) and an E5 (or whatever the paygrade is). An E5 just collects a paycheck. An NCO earns his and takes care of his Juniors and makes them genuinely want to do their best work.
Same concept
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Same concept
Yup, absolutely. Just thought I'd chime in.
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What ever branch you pick, just be ready to handle all the sh#t details you are going to be assigned to. Take everything serious, do a good job no matter what. Don't goof off. Don't to lead astray by some goober that thinks he is cute acting the fool. Follow orders not matter what you think of the person giving them. Never back talk a senior rank. Wear your uniform with pride. Study, volunteer for schools. It will not take long for your superiors to spot you as a can do person. You will get good marks that will go in your service record. All this will help with advancement and assignment.

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I'm anticipating the details. Especially for the 2 weeks during Christmas exodus. It's a bummer I have to do two extra weeks in basic because of that. Whatever though. What's two weeks difference in the long run.

Speaking of being lead astray, it's a probably a good thing my friend didn't qualify for the same job. We'd probably bring each other down. I'll be a lot more focuses on my own.

I'm hoping I stand out. After basic at least. I'm not hung up on always being noticed or getting credit, but it will be nice being in a position where you at least get some recognition. Something you won't find in a minimum wage nowhere job.
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I'm anticipating the details. Especially for the 2 weeks during Christmas exodus. It's a bummer I have to do two extra weeks in basic because of that. Whatever though. What's two weeks difference in the long run.

Speaking of being lead astray, it's a probably a good thing my friend didn't qualify for the same job. We'd probably bring each other down. I'll be a lot more focuses on my own.

I'm hoping I stand out. After basic at least. I'm not hung up on always being noticed or getting credit, but it will be nice being in a position where you at least get some recognition. Something you won't find in a minimum wage nowhere job.
You have a Positive outlook, which is the main thing. I hated going to basic in the summer, but it could have been worse(winter in NJ!). Again I wish you luck, and get in touch when your done with Basic. You have a supporter in this Ret. Army Chief!!
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You have a Positive outlook, which is the main thing. I hated going to basic in the summer, but it could have been worse(winter in NJ!). Again I wish you luck, and get in touch when your done with Basic. You have a supporter in this Ret. Army Chief!!
Yeah I'm REALLY happy I'm going in fall/winter. The highs will be around 50-60 degrees which isn't bad at all.

I'll be in touch with all of you for sure. It really has meant a lot getting advice and talking to you guys. And I didn't get any bs replies (except the pog one). Lol. I don't have any military family members that I'm close to, but I knew there were quite a few vets on here who would give me their two cents.
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Yeah I'm REALLY happy I'm going in fall/winter. The highs will be around 50-60 degrees which isn't bad at all.

I'll be in touch with all of you for sure. It really has meant a lot getting advice and talking to you guys. And I didn't get any bs replies (except the pog one). Lol. I don't have any military family members that I'm close to, but I knew there were quite a few vets on here who would give me their two cents.
I think you're a POS and will fail.

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Just kidding. You'll do fine. You're going in with a good attitude it sounds like.

By the way. Thank you for your desire to serve.
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