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Money for College 7 8.24%
Benefits (Health, Dental, etc.) 7 8.24%
Skills Training 17 20.00%
Life Skills (Friendships, Discipline, etc.) 13 15.29%
Looking for a challenge, change of pace 19 22.35%
Always wanted to (or) family heritage 18 21.18%
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I've never heard that Urban Legend. I was speaking from personal experience.
I knew a number of guys that I was in the Marine Corps with that were influenced by a Judges recommendation to join the service. I'm not talking about major crimes, just typical stupid stuff that the young men who are full of testosterone and short on brains get into.
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Where I lived you would pay a hundred bucks to someone who arrainged for the file cards that would lead you to their file to disappear. The record was still there but no one could find them
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Mostly an Urban Legend, in fact I had to have my record deleted to get in the Army in 61. The fact was that no employer would hire you until you had fulfilled your military obligation, either by serving or being disqualified. They didn't want to be tied to keeping your job while you were serving. The draft was no joke. Look at Elvis, or Charlie Johnson, who was QB of the St Louis Cardinals when he was drafted

No, it's a little more than just an urban legend. I had high school buddies who were offered the choice of criminal charges or the Army for offenses such as drug possession, breaking and entering, vandalism, assault. I served with some too. And, my brother in law was a Marine recruiter in Dallas during the late 60's and will tell you to this day that he could always make his monthly quota at the Dallas County jail.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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No, it's a little more than just an urban legend. I had high school buddies who were offered the choice of criminal charges or the Army for offenses such as drug possession, breaking and entering, vandalism, assault. I served with some too. And, my brother in law was a Marine recruiter in Dallas during the late 60's and will tell you to this day that he could always make his monthly quota at the Dallas County jail.
I said "MOSTLY an Urban Legend" I don't dobt that there were incidences but it was not nearly as widespread as is attributed to it. Believe what you want.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Reno (Cold Springs) NV
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I considered it a patriotic duty to my county (not to any political organization). I was 17, and 17 year olds are not very wise.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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No, it's a little more than just an urban legend. I had high school buddies who were offered the choice of criminal charges or the Army for offenses such as drug possession, breaking and entering, vandalism, assault. I served with some too. And, my brother in law was a Marine recruiter in Dallas during the late 60's and will tell you to this day that he could always make his monthly quota at the Dallas County jail.
Yup, I went to basic training with a guy who was given the choice of joining the Army or Jail. And this was in 2009. So it does happen, though I think it's a very very specific case by case basis.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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No, it's a little more than just an urban legend. I had high school buddies who were offered the choice of criminal charges or the Army for offenses such as drug possession, breaking and entering, vandalism, assault. I served with some too. And, my brother in law was a Marine recruiter in Dallas during the late 60's and will tell you to this day that he could always make his monthly quota at the Dallas County jail.

Jimi Hendrix actually served by this same token as well.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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I know of a 75yo retired Gunny who was given the option of joining or jail when he stole a car back in the 60s. Boompa, look at this way, it had to be widespread enough that made a law against it, and even then judges would still find a way around it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Out of curiosity, what or whom made you decide to give up your civilian life to become a military personnel?

Thanks for fighting on our behalf, God Bless you all.
My family has been in and around the military in one manor or another and in every war since this great nation of ours was formed by the Founding Fathers.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Drafted into the Navy in October of 65.
Served with squadrons ( VR-8, VAH-123 and VA-128)

I never was aboard ship as my sea duty period was about to start when my 2 year obligated service ended.

I never got assigned mess cooking or compartment cleaning either.
I couldn't have asked for better duty for those 2 years.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: In The Pacific
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In the late 60s the draft was still in full swing! A few of my friends, my girlfriend's brother and high school classmates who were drafted in the Army never came back from Vietnam!
So, I joined the Air Force and worked on C-141 & C-5 cargo aircraft transports overseas in support of the Vietnam crisis until the fall of Saigon up until the invasion of Iraq until I retired after 30 yrs of service, 12 yrs active duty and 18 yrs with the Air Force Reserves and as a Civil Service employee working on the same planes when I first enlisted in the Air Force in 1967, pretty old planes, but still flying except for the C-141s!
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