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View Poll Results: Which made you join?
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%
All of the above 11 12.94%
Drafted 6 7.06%
None of the above 23 27.06%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 85. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-15-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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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.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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There were absolutely no jobs in my area, i was days away from living on the streets, and I had impacted wisdom teeth that were putting me in excruciating pain for almost every minute of the day.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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pythonis:

I added to the poll:
Drafted
None of the above
Those can be important...


Rich
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I couldn't imagine being anything else
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: The South
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When I joined in 1957, the Army had a program called "Get choice not chance" and you got to pick your MOS. I wanted to study electronics, was 19, had no job, no chance of going to college. The Army was as good as their word and sent me to the school I selected "Field Radio Repair MOS 296.1", but in three years I never got to work on repairing radios. Put up a lot of antennas, spent a lot of time out in the field, drove a lot of trucks and got to see Korea and Calif. I look back now and it was a pretty good time and valuable experience and I recommended it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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When I joined in 1957, the Army had a program called "Get choice not chance" and you got to pick your MOS. I wanted to study electronics, was 19, had no job, no chance of going to college. The Army was as good as their word and sent me to the school I selected "Field Radio Repair MOS 296.1", but in three years I never got to work on repairing radios. Put up a lot of antennas, spent a lot of time out in the field, drove a lot of trucks and got to see Korea and Calif. I look back now and it was a pretty good time and valuable experience and I recommended it.
I went in with a buddy and selecteed Germany

I retired without ever seeing Germany and my Buddy never showed up
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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I fell victim to the ole '11B is the only open MOS right now" scam. I only found out later that you have to refuse to join and theyll bring out the "true" list. BTW, I did 2 deployments to Kosovo so I never had to do Korea or Germany.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: :~)
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Followed my family foot steps. I wanted to help the country.

It became job after 15 years, that's when I got tired of the bureaucracy. Now, I love being a contractor in support of our troops. I love the lesser role so that I can serve on my own terms.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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pythonis:

I added to the poll:
Drafted
None of the above
Those can be important...


Rich
Thanks alot, I forgot about those.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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I joined out of curiousity and for a change of pace more than anything. I am an "accidental" soldier. Soldiering doesn't really suit my natural temperment -- I'm more contemplative than action-orientated, and I am more into speculative and estoric knowledge than pratical and applied knowledge.

I didn't join out of desperation. Right after I graduated college in the late 90s, I decided to do a tour before taking a teaching position. Then, 9/11 came, and I decided to stick around and see the war out. Now, I find myself at 12 years in, so I will go ahead and retire. Military service has brought a lot of balance to my life. I often feel like a southpaw who is forced to fight right-handed. I'd recommend it to almost anyone though. It is incredibly enriching. If I can do it and be successful, anyone can.
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