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Old 04-01-2012, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Sunshine State
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I've been a part of the military my whole life. I'm a military brat and later joined the Air Force and later married my late husband, another military member. Proud to have served in the Air Force for a term. Would still be in today, but my husband was a crew chief and constantly deployed so we made the choice for me to get out when we started our family to provide some stability on the home front. The transition to civilian life has not been easy, I miss it all the time. There is nothing like the military community. Much love and respect for those who have served, both the service member and their families, and in much more difficult ways than I did.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Travelling Gal, Hats off to you for your service and for being a military spouse. I miss being part of the military, too.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Proud of my service, but glad I got out after my enlistment ended. It just wasn't for me. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat though. Wished I had been a bit smarter in choosing my MOS and picked something that would have been useful in the civilian world.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:37 AM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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Of course I am!

What's not to be proud of being one of the Few, the Proud, the MARINES?!

I do miss it at times, but I am happy where I am too, but all in all I am proud of the person it made me, and the brotherhood I have with "Jarheads" around the world.

Hell, I'm even proud I made it though being an Army wife, lol!
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:52 AM
 
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I am proud of my service (US Army). NOT proud of how our society glorifies the military, our state of perpetual war, its resulting Surveillance State that we live in, and the warrior ethos now entrenched in the military culture.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:44 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I think I am proud of what I have done so far (I'm still in untill March 2013) but honestly I'm more proud of simply being a part of the "less than 1%" than anything I did downrange. There doesn't seem to be any real reward for what we are and have been doing overthere. I guess Iraq can be considered a success, I certainly do. But Afghanistan doesn't seem to make any sense anymore. When I was there it didn't feel like anything we did made any real difference good or bad.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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I think I am proud of what I have done so far (I'm still in untill March 2013) but honestly I'm more proud of simply being a part of the "less than 1%" than anything I did downrange. There doesn't seem to be any real reward for what we are and have been doing overthere. I guess Iraq can be considered a success, I certainly do. But Afghanistan doesn't seem to make any sense anymore. When I was there it didn't feel like anything we did made any real difference good or bad.
I know exactly what you mean, i'm not long back from Afghanistan myself and penciled in to go back in 2014 for the 'withdrawal'. I'm in until the end 2014/early 2015, (been extended to end of tour as i "can't be replaced mid tour", must be too wonderful.

In the last 20 years i've done many things i've been proud off and i'm proud of what i am and who i've helped. The last few tours of Afghanistan...well... Proud of those that i served with and commanded but proud of the difference i'll have made to the lives of the Afghans? Not so much, they'll just be glad we've gone.
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